Todays word: Obesogenics

Nick1962
By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2012-01-23 11:43:30 -0600
Started 2012-01-23 09:00:42 -0600

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.


2 replies

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-23 10:10:10 -0600 Report

Interesting read Nick.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-01-23 11:43:30 -0600 Report

Sort of dovetails into why I think the newly diagnosed have it tougher than folks 20 years ago. Even with all the newer testing methods, overeating has just been glorified and the social battle to eat the newest "chic" thing has to be overcome.

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