no fat chicks

Many years on, after the ceremonious criminalization of insenstive truths, our society has reached the actual tipping point. It's not Orwellian states, nuclear winters- none of the classic world-ending banalities we've come to enjoy since entering the modern era. No, it's actually far more dystopian and disgusting than that. We've achieved: the status of being 73.6% overweight.

That's right! 73.6% of our society is clinically considered to be overweight for their BMI. At my height, I'd have to weigh at least 170lb to make it into the overweight category. So, if you're in shape, you've officially been relegated to minority status.

And... get your twinkies ready for this one: 42.2% of the US population is considered morbidly obese, severe obesity increasing from 4.7% to 9.2%. That is... Class 3 Obesity, which is a BMI that is OVER 40. At 5'9", I'd have to weigh at least 271lbs to be put in Class 3. By the end of this decade, it's estimated that more than half the population could be obese.

Even worse? It's not only in the older populations, it's exploding amongst younger people, and we're getting close to edging out the aging boomer populations. From the CDC:

Non-Hispanic Black adults (49.6%) had the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity, followed by Hispanic adults (44.8%), non-Hispanic White adults (42.2%) and non-Hispanic Asian adults (17.4%).
The prevalence of obesity was 40.0% among adults aged 20 to 39 years, 44.8% among adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 42.8% among adults aged 60 and older.

Overall, men and women with college degrees had lower obesity prevalence compared with those with less education.
By race/ethnicity, the same obesity and education pattern was seen among non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic women, and also among non-Hispanic White men, although the differences were not all statistically significant. Although the difference was not statistically significant among non-Hispanic Black men, obesity prevalence increased with educational attainment. Among non-Hispanic Asian women and men and Hispanic men, there were no differences in obesity prevalence by education level.
Among men, obesity prevalence was lower in the lowest and highest income groups compared with the middle-income group. This pattern was seen among non-Hispanic White and Hispanic men. Obesity prevalence was higher in the highest income group than in the lowest income group among non-Hispanic Black men.
Among women, obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income group than in the middle and lowest income groups. This pattern was observed among non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Asian, and Hispanic women. Among non-Hispanic Black women, there was no difference in obesity prevalence by income.

But, the "what the actual fvck" moment comes with this little nugget of data:

For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years in 2017-20181:

The prevalence of obesity was 19.3% and affected about 14.4 million children and adolescents.
Obesity prevalence was 13.4% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 20.3% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 21.2% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
Obesity prevalence was 25.6% among Hispanic children, 24.2% among non-Hispanic Black children, 16.1% among non-Hispanic White children, and 8.7% among non-Hispanic Asian children.

In 2011-2014, among children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the prevalence of obesity decreased as the head of household’s level of education increased.
Obesity prevalence was 18.9% among children and adolescents aged 2-19 years in the lowest income group, 19.9% among those in the middle-income group, and 10.9% among those in the highest income group.
Obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income group among non-Hispanic Asian boys and Hispanic boys.
Obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income group among non-Hispanic White girls, non-Hispanic Asian girls, and Hispanic girls. Obesity prevalence did not differ by income among non-Hispanic Black girls.

20% of all American children are obese. I can not find reliable statistics on how overweight American children are, but if it were proportional to the adult statistics, that would mean almost a third of US children are overweight. Since the metabolisms of children behave quite differently than that of adults, we won't assume the proportion. It's just a guess.

More shockingly, is the 10% of US adults that have full-blown type-2 diabetes, and 1 in 3 that have pre-diabetes, so... that's swiftly approaching a scenario where HALF of the population is afflicted with metabolic syndrome of some variety. There are no clear statistics available on the type-2 diatebetes rate amongst small children, but I've extrapolated from various data that it could be as high as 6%.

In Asia, despite lower obesity rates, the incidence of metabolic syndrome and diabetes may be close to double that of the US.

Forget SARS-2, the actual pandemic is right in our face, shouting that Target should be carrying that skimpy bikini in sizes 24 and up! Surely, if other, stranger events were not dominating the scene, we would have to take an adequate look at just what the hell may be going on with our metabolic health. However, between breathless, gasping chants of "healthy at any size", the fat apologists are wont to describe in excruciating detail how their 250lb frame is, indeed, the picture of perfect health. They implore us to leave their weight, health, and ghastly, corpulent frames out of any discussion, whatsoever. We're invited to carry on as though these lasses were the bathing beauties of yesteryear, and more than that, we are encouraged to do so by every woman's clothing company, department store mannequin, and beauty editorial going, as they desperately claw for the market share of the growing (no pun intended) overweight and obese population..

While everyone moans about the emotional and political debates around obesity, and how fat people are discriminated against, the elephant in the room is also growing a pendulous gut, and it is pregnant with the most pressing question: Why is this happening?

Well, the short answer is criminally simple, the long answer, infinitely complex but the stuff of common sense. The explanation as to how we missed it by a country mile?.... not so simple.

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As it is unlike me to give a short, concise answer, I'll dive right into the deep end and give you all the answers in the form of videos that do a superior job explaining what I have come to know:

First, Dr. Eades discusses his fascinating findings about obesity.

Then Dr. Fung (this is a more technical presentation)

And the most technical presentation of them all: Dr. Lustig. Highly recommend this one if you're willing to tolerate the biochem!:

...and, if you're captivated, perhaps finish off with a lovely presentation from Nina Teicholz on vegetable oils

The rabbit hole goes deep, and winds into the gut microbiome, which is another problem, for another post. Ultimately the obesity and metabolic syndrome crisis boils down to four things:

  1. Carbohydrate consumption, and most specifically sugar and grain consumption
  2. The consumption of "bad oils" (canola, soy, corn, sunflower, safflower, grapeseed, peanut, cottonseed, etc)
  3. Eating frequency, lack of fasting incorporated into diet, constant snacking.
  4. Lack of microbiotic food and microbiotic food environments.

The three pillars of eating healthfully are:

  1. Quality: high quality, fresh and naturally processed/procured liquids and foods which are not adulterated, pasteurized, irradiated, or picked early and stored. Food should not be from conventionally farmed sources.
  2. Frequency: Eating frequency should be low. Eating all of the calories for your basal metabolic rate is important, but meals should be condensed into small eating windows. Regular fasting (water and dry) should be incorporated, included longer term fasts during periods of illness.
  3. Type: Industrial food processes should not enter into the equation, and whole foods should be consumed, rather than processed foods. Foods high in quality fats should be emphasized over EVERY OTHER food, along with moderate sources of good protein, and low amounts of carbohydrate of any kind. Resistant starches like yams and cassava, and complex carbohydrates like maple syrup and honey may be incorporated into a generally healthy person's diet. But, in general, carbs = not so great.

Seems simple, right? Fast every once in a while to mimic evolutionary conditions, don't eat every waking hour of the day, and stop eating garbage foods that are full of sugars and sugar-converting macros. Eat a ketogenic diet, eat less than three squares a day, and you'll never be fat. You'll probably not get cancer, diabetes, or heart disease and die. It's a formula for dying from old age.

I'd argue the problem here is in the insidiousness of the foods causing these issues. I say insidious because, from the first day of our lives, the government has been beating into do-gooder parents and children, who go on to be fat adults, that most of our dietary calories should come from carbohydrate. We are in something of a dietary Matrix- where the problem is so integrated into our culture, so fundamental, prevalent, and undetectable that most people have no clue that something exists outside of it. Keto is a fad diet. Fasting? That's for religious freaks.

The most interesting aspect of metabolic disease is that it doesn't necessarily manifest in being overweight. It has a wide variety of manifestations, and this is how Asia, despite being thinner on average, has more diabetes: their consumption of white rice, something that is calorically and metabolically no more healthy than white sugar, is catching up to them.

This problem is so subtle, that sometimes it can catch people completely off guard. Changes in cultural settings, environments, office cultures, new relationships, friendships, and social scenes can all introduce foods that you were not consuming prior. One day you may just wake up, scratching your head.

I remember the first time in my life I ever gained weight. I was dating a guy whose family ate terribly. I was a Weston A. Price type, but hadn't delved into the biochemistry of blood sugar, and knew nothing of eating frequency. To begin with: nobody in my family is fat. Never have been. Some of it is genes, but most of it is habits. Fat shaming was free-flowing, as was emphasis on healthy eating and lots, and lots of exericse. But, this time, I was across the country, alone. I was in very good shape and a bit of a twig, really, when I met my ex. I came out of the relationship with unmistakable metabolic disease. His entire family had it; the women in his family had it severely, and were what anyone would consider overweight. How did it happen to me? I got socially pressured into eating like shit by surrounding myself with people who didn't care.

It took me two years to pull out of that health spiral, and I'm now back to a normal weight. I'm a little over 5'9" and had never previously weighed over 145lbs at my max (I'd say 135 is my happy place). My terror at the sight of 157lb on my scale sent me into a panic, and I spent a long time trying to figure out exactly how it got that bad.

Metabolic disease is somewhat socially communicable, given the importance people place on the social behavior of sharing a meal. This is why I always recommed avoiding forging close friendships or relationships with people who have terrible habits. Having a very health and fitness conscious husband helped get me re-regulated. So, so many people get caught up in a current of bad social environs, and that ends up taking them down. Extreme discipline is the only way to protect your body from the modern diet.

Keeping fat chicks off this earth involves changing eating culture, and F.A. Hayek rightfully says that the institutional research community and elites creates culture through educating the intellectuals, who, then, filter it down to the middle and working classes. The sea change has to start at the top. Regretably, industry is right at the top, paying off our health institutions and researchers to make the truth what is most profitable.

Like everything else that is going on right now, avoiding popular knowledge as a means by which to live your life is your best friend. No fat chicks means ignoring orthodoxy, following the money, and never letting up in your quest for finding balance with nature.

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