I commented in a recent post how hypocritical I thought our society and government was regarding our obesity epidemic. We can advertise 1200 calorie burgers but we ban all smoking and alcohol advertising. Now I know that obesity isn’t the cause of diabetes, but they aren’t both mutually exclusive.
Ironically, I had watched a program on the National Geographic Channel called “Taboo”. This episode was called “Fat”. Their description - “In an industrialized world, where the body beautiful is a thin one, why is two thirds of the population now overweight? More importantly, why is being fat seen as taboo?”
They used a word I’d never heard before – obesogenics. Turns out our social epidemic has a label, and it is the growing problem we face which our environment and society makes if far easier to become overweight. A further definition and commentary can be had here: http://calorielab.com/news/2008/03/16/obesoge...
The next showing of this episode of “Taboo” on National Geographic Channel is Monday, January 30 at 11:30pm and Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30am. Warning though, some of it is a bit disturbing.
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