Op/Ed Fridays: Obesity and wonder drugs

December 6, 2013 by Joshua
in Blog, Education, Nature

The New Yorker this week published an article titled “Diet Drugs Work: Why Won’t Doctors Prescribe Them?

I responded (on Hacker News, where you can see discussion on it)

More relevant questions:

  • Why don’t we stop subsidizing corn so much?
  • Why don’t we teach effective nutrition and cooking in school?
  • Why don’t we teach effective exercise, sports, and fitness in schools?
  • If we can ban alcohol and tobacco sales to children, why not things like added sugar, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, etc?
  • If we can ban alcohol and tobacco advertising to children, why not products with added sugar, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, etc?
  • Why don’t we limit advertising on fast and junk “food”?
  • Why don’t we provide healthy lunches to school children instead of using them to subsidize agricultural conglomerates for low quality food?
  • Why don’t we stop subsidizing fossil fuels so much so people would walk and ride bikes more?
  • Why don’t we align our medical system with prevention instead of expensive and risky cures?

You can come up with plenty more questions that would mostly obviate the need to wonder about obesity and wonder drugs to cure it. The overwhelming majority of people would benefit from changes in diet and exercise requiring no chemicals needing FDA approval. Fresh fruits and vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs and spices taste better than anything, at least to me, and it’s hard to eat too much of them. Few feelings feel better than the exhaustion of even moderate exercise.

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2 responses on “Op/Ed Fridays: Obesity and wonder drugs

  1. The problem is people can’t agree on what is considered a healthy diet. There is vegan, vegetarian, low fat, low carb, liquid fasting, water fasting, 3 meals per day, 6 meals per day, intermediate fasting etc… etc…

    Corn and wheat have been pushed since the FDA promotes a high carb, low fat diet. Even though there is a mountain evidence that these foods cause obesity, there are people out there who still believe it due to the fact that they grew up being told that these were healthy.

    • I agree on the problem of people disagreeing on what’s healthy. Somehow we’ve settled on what everyone except a few high-placed executives agrees is about the worst diet on the planet. I know we can do healthier than what we have.

      One of the main goals of this blog is to help motivate people to find out what’s best for themselves and to bring that about for themselves.

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