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Peter Lemkin
08-04-2009, 09:37 AM
* Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler: "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" *


A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the direct medical costs of obesity total about $147 billion a year. That amounts to nine percent of all US medical costs. It's also over $50 billion more than the annual spending on cancer. In the midst of this national focus on obesity, today we'll speak to David Kessler, who has spent the last seven years trying to understand how the food industry has changed American eating habits, made certain foods difficult to resist, and helped create the country's number one public health issue.


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http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/3/former_fda_commissioner_david_kessler_the



* "Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction" *


>From the McDonald's McGriddle to Wendy's "Baconator" to "baconnaise" to bacon-infused vodka, bacon has become a ubiquitous ...
...snip...
... farming, the boom in fast food and manipulation of consumer taste that has turned bacon into a weapon of mass destruction."


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http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/3/arun_gupta_on_bacon_as_a

Carol Thompson
08-12-2009, 07:53 PM
* Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler: "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" *


A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the direct medical costs of obesity total about $147 billion a year. That amounts to nine percent of all US medical costs. It's also over $50 billion more than the annual spending on cancer. In the midst of this national focus on obesity, today we'll speak to David Kessler, who has spent the last seven years trying to understand how the food industry has changed American eating habits, made certain foods difficult to resist, and helped create the country's number one public health issue.


Listen/Watch/Read
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/3/former_fda_commissioner_david_kessler_the



* "Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction" *


>From the McDonald's McGriddle to Wendy's "Baconator" to "baconnaise" to bacon-infused vodka, bacon has become a ubiquitous ...
...snip...
... farming, the boom in fast food and manipulation of consumer taste that has turned bacon into a weapon of mass destruction."


Listen/Watch/Read
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/3/arun_gupta_on_bacon_as_a

These are all health fascist lies.

Lifetime Medical Costs of Obesity: Prevention No Cure for Increasing Health Expenditure. PHM van Baal, JJ Polder, GA de Wit, RT Hoogenveen, TL Feenstra, HC Boshuizen, PM Engelfriet, WBF Brouwer. PLoS Medicine 2008 Feb;5(2):e29. "In this study we have shown that, although obese people induce high medical costs during their lives, their lifetime health-care costs are lower than those of healthy-living people but higher than those of smokers. Obesity increases the risk of diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease, thereby increasing health-care utilization but decreasing life expectancy. Successful prevention of obesity, in turn, increases life expectancy. Unfortunately, these life-years gained are not lived in full health and come at a price: people suffer from other diseases, which increases health-care costs. Obesity prevention, just like smoking prevention, will not stem the tide of increasing health-care expenditures. The underlying mechanism is that there is a substitution of inexpensive, lethal diseases toward less lethal, and therefore more costly, diseases." Table 1 gives the bottom line: At age 20, smokers' lifetime costs will total 220k Euros, obese peoples' costs will total 250k Euros, and the "Healthy Living" will cost 281k Euros.

http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050029

Myra Bronstein
08-13-2009, 01:47 AM
I'm so glad someone finally posted on this subject. I became convinced years ago that many foods are intentionally made addictive just like cigarettes are. Americans are not full of flubber just because we drive everywhere (thanks to the car and oil companies opposing public transit), and there are hardly any sidewalks, and we are worked so hard we have limited time to exercise. Those are all factors, but I'm certain we are fed addictive substances. MSG may be an example.

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/840895
Is MSG addictive?
"Yes it is. It acts as an excito-toxin that excites our taste buds and nerve cells and makes us think it tastes great when it doesn't leaving us with a desire for this drug again and again to get that same stimulus. And as it excites those cells, it kills them as they can't be agitated that much.

MSG is added to 2/3 of our processed foods, and the amount added to our diet has doubled with each decade since the 1940s. In this form, free glutamate enters the blood stream 8 to 10 times faster than bound glutamate. Since the late 70's, the health epidemics associated with MSG toxicity have been on the rise at alarming rates...ADD, obesity,rage and anxiety disorders, sleep disorders,depression, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, asthma, migraine, heart conditions, neurological disorders. It's simple...too much MSG = illness. It can trigger in at any time in a person's life."

http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Poisoning-America-Michelle-Erb/dp/097419930

The problem with the theory of addictive MSG however is that it's almost impossible to find a fat person in an Asian country. So I guess I'm confusing myself.

Myra

"Snarf snarf snarf that chocolate.
Snarf snarf snarf and if you snarf yourself to death.
Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another chocolate."

Myra Bronstein
08-13-2009, 04:24 PM
In a related story:

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/145092/obesity_creates_need_for_oversized_caskets/
"Obesity Creates Need for Oversized Caskets

Posted on: Wednesday, 20 April 2005, 00:00 CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- When the funeral director saw the fat man in the small town, they engaged in some friendly banter about death. "You'd tell him, 'You're going to have to go on a diet. You've got to lose some of that weight," said John C. Rudder, owner of Rudder Funeral Home in Scottsboro.

"And he'd say 'Yeah, I know, you ain't got a box big enough to fit me.' ""And we didn't," Rudder said.

The solution when the man died: Order an oversized casket.

With an increasing number of Americans considered obese - including many in Alabama - funeral directors have been dealing with a big problem. Their caskets were not large enough.

Enter companies like Southern Heritage Casket Co. in Oxford, about 60 miles east of Birmingham. It's one of many firms across the nation that are pumping up the size of caskets to meet the needs of increasingly large people....

Costs can be higher, too. When an obese man died in July 2004, his family paid $3,250 for his casket alone, $600 more than it would have cost for a regular casket, Rudder said....

"We make very large oversize caskets. Oversized is kind of an understatement. They're 'supersized,' to coin a famous term," said Keith Davis, who owns the company with his wife, Julane Davis."

http://www.memorials.com/oversized-caskets.php