Doctors and medical scientists normally do their utmost to ensure we have no idea what to eat or what to do, because everything we eat and everything we do will kill us, and the beneficial things are impossible to achieve (such as eating 10 pounds of broccoli each day). They work overtime on the guilt and confusion principles.
A more happy-go-lucky group of doctors, throwing all caution and brain cells to the four winds, have offered the (industrialized) world 10 excuses for being fat – a collective get out of jail free card.
No less that the International Journal of Obesity (you didn’t know there was such a journal, did you?) have published an article (and issued wallet sized cards) of the top ten hypothesis – other than diet and exercise – on potential contributors to obesity.
One doctor, not involved in the study, was tickled pink at the clutching at straws approach to a serious lifestyle problem in wealthy nations:
"I think it's very creative," said Dr. Robert Kushner … "We are facing an epidemic with no tipping point in the near future. At this point, there are no silly ideas."
Err, no; no silly ideas to see here folks, none at all. You’ll have to look elsewhere for silly ideas.
A total of twenty highly qualified scientists put in the hard-yards to come up with these fresh ideas to explain away the little obesity epidemic:
1. Inadequate sleep. (Average sleep amounts have fallen, and many studies tie sleep deprivation to weight gain.)
2. Endocrine disruptors, which are substances in some foods that may alter fats in the body.
3. Nice temperatures. (Air conditioning and heating limit calories burned from sweating and shivering.)
4. Fewer people smoking. (Less appetite suppression.)
5. Medicines that cause weight gain.
6. Population changes. (More middle-agers and Hispanics, who have higher obesity rates.)
7. Older birth moms. (That correlates with heavier children).
8. Genetic influences during pregnancy.
9. Darwinian natural selection. (Fat people out-survive skinny ones).
10. Assortative mating, or "like mating with like," as Allison puts it. Translation: fat people procreating with others of the same body type, gradually skewing the population toward the heavy end.
One of the contributors concludes:
“The point is, there is more to obesity than diet and exercise, he said. "These are 10 reasonable hypotheses, and as scientists, we should be open-minded"
Yes, for the majority of people there is more to obesity than diet and exercise, such as: exercise and diet.