Re: Obesity again...
- From: High Miles <2Blues17@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 15:00:18 -0500
Fifty years ago the foods we ate were basically just
cooked or eaten raw.
Today, the proliferation of high fat, high sugar foods
in most diets, combined with an ever increasing lack
of physical movement have led us to be FAT.
High fructose sweeteners and fried foods.
Much fewer purely physical jobs.
Pretty simple formula for obesity.
The discussion on obesity brought out the fact that.
morbid obesity is growing. Years ago, 250 lbs was about
as big as you saw, and they were not all that common. A
three hundred pounder was rare, indeed. I cannot recall
ever seeing someone like that untill about twenty years
ago. Then, in the 90's, they seem to proliferate. I
would see parents, mom and dad, both mountains,
escorting a regular sized kid to school. As the 1990's
progressed, I began seeing more and more people at 300
or more pounds. One local newspapaer columnist, always
overweight, suddenly got to 400. And his son was
approaching that weight. After I retired, I moved to an adult hotel. Being also
an Assisted Living Facility, there were a number of
morbidly obese younger people there. And I am talking
about 400 and above. One woman, pretty from her
shoulders up, admitted to 512 lbs. She wore tent-sized
dresses, and was confined to a powered wheel chair.
Another woman, in her early 50's, was over 400lbs, and
also in a powered chair. One couple were both massively
overweight, and both were in power chairs. One man,
still on his feet, was over 300 lbs, and had his legs
wrapped. When these people would fall, which was
often, it took the entire aide staff plus a a specilly
built lift to raise them. When the hotel closed and we had to find other places,
one of the 400 pounders went to one nationally known
ALF. After a few days, she fell. They did not have the
special lift needed to raise her, so EMS was called.
They, too, couldn't handle her without the lift.
Finally, several people volunteered to help get her up.
Afterward, she was told that she could no longer stay
there because of her morbid obesity and the problems it
caused the facility. She was moved to a private home
facility, then to a nursing home, where she subsequently
died. The five hundred pounder is in and out of the hospital,
and has been placed in a nursing home with the proper
lifts. What's going on here? I know we eat too much, but we
have, as a country, always done that in times of plenty.
But as we have seen, when we were young, 250lbs was
usually the limit. And the argument that food is
plentiful and cheap now just doesn't wash. Food is not
that much cheaper now. Over sixty percent of Americans are obese. This
statistic indicates something more than gluttony and
sloth. Gluttony and sloth causes us to be 50 lbs
overweight at most. Not 400 lbs overweight.
Anybody with ideas?
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