So…the American Medical Association has decided to regard obesity as a…DISEASE? Yup. I’ve gotta a few thoughts about this. Color me cynical but I generally find validity in the premise: Follow The Money.
One THIRD of Americans are considered obese. Goddamn. I don’t question that statistic…I just question how that came to be. In the entire kingdom of life, obesity is a rarity. Apart from zoos or pets, the vast majority of living beings are NOT obese…primarily (I think) because basic survival demands SO much effort. Even among humanity today, starvation is a reality; MILLIONS of people actually starve to death each year. In the history of man, this is a pretty new phenomenon, such abundance. I attribute it to several factors.
1. Food is grown for quantity yield. Feed The World. Seeds are genetically modified to survive, to resist pesticides and insects.
2. Corporations (fast food) are dedicated (profit-based) to provide substance – not nutrition.
3. Additives make food store-able, visually enticing and acceptable but not nutritious. High fructose corn syrup is subsidized, used universally and is a major contributor to obesity.
4. Households (40% working mothers) have little time today to prepare traditional meals – so they buy fast food or processed frozen foods.
5. Labeling obesity as a disease means the obese now qualify for governmental assistance and health care under Obamacare. Cha ching! More lap band surgery, more diet pills, more pharmaceutical welfare.
6. Follow The Money. There is no profit in curing ANYTHING. But there is always profit in treatment…for a condition that is hardly a disease, any more than greed or self-indulgence is a disease. It’s just endemic.
The vast majority of humanity will be very quickly cured, once our shit breaks down. And it will. It’s just a question of time. And we’ll revert to our historic norm of human survival. But I regard this AMA decision as a canary in the mine shaft. Something toxic is afoot.
AMA, shame on you mercenary dickwads. Yeah, I see the profit motive. Wasn’t your fundamental premise: First do no harm? “Boy oh boy, let’s call obesity “a disease”. Then we can exploit the public tit.”
I love titties. They are sexual play-pretties. But I don’t regard their bounty as bottomless. You can only push a metaphor so far.