Level the battlefield

Daniel Engber, writing for Slate Magazine, gives us this pronouncement:
“Sickness, poverty, and obesity are spun together in a dense web of reciprocal causality. Anyone who’s fat is more likely to be poor and sick. Anyone who’s poor is more likely to be fat and sick. And anyone who’s sick is more likely to be poor and fat.”

This grim situation is apt to be truer in urban areas, where unhealthy food is easier to come by than healthy food, and where pollution and stress create an ‘obesogenic’ (fattening) environment.

Consequently trying to address obesity without addressing poverty and health concerns is apt to fail.

Consider this: If one only takes weight-loss pills, say, Phentramin-D™, for the maximum allowed period of three months without eating healthy food, doing proper exercises and getting enough sleep, even if one does get to normal weight levels, he or she will soon be back to being obese because of lack of supporting change in lifestyle.

Adding to the difficulty for some is that, in some cases, their brains may be working against them. Brain studies have shown that some people tend not to get the same pleasure from food if they only eat normal amounts — they need to eat greater amounts of food in order to get the same pleasure obtained by other people eating less. Those who tend to eat more tend to gain weight. Especially if the food is fatteningly unhealthy.

And so the battlefield is tilted towards obesity in the first place. And poor people have less chances of avoiding it. There’s been talk of taxing soda and soft-drinks because they are proven to be fattening. This only addresses obesity but will make poverty worse — making softdrinks more expensive while the rich continue to be able to afford high quality fruit juice — worsening the gap between rich and poor.

Not everyone has the ammo nor the will to fight obesity. Obesity is a symptom of a complex problem that society has to address. First, the individual has to start the fight within herself — change one’s outlook towards life, change one’s lifestyle and never lose the determination to take advantage of opportunities to better one’s self. When one has improved one’s self esteem and finances, she stands a better chance of winning the war against obesity.

Then one can start thinking of using weight-loss pills like Phentramin-D.

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