I wish it were, Joan. While on one hand I certainly don’t argue your points, it does make sense to better understand what all the factors are in the creation of diseases. For my part, and I am no doctor, what I see is a confluence of a great many factors- internal and external and very complex. You could- and would have to — including our choices of food, sedentary lifestyles, addiction to devices, and a whole host of other issues including the insidious use of sugar in just about everything .The list goes on forever. I am not making excuses for obesity, although I learned a lot more about it by reading Dr. Syliva Tara’s Secret Life of Fat. The biggest problem- at least the way I see it-is that there is huge profit in our being ill. Folks don’t get rich off prevention and wellness. The biggest bucks are made by industries that bank on our being fat, being ill, infirm and very, very distracted. The more self-absorbed we are, the more it’s all about easy pleasure, the fatter, the less educated, the less engaged, the sicker we are. Only the top .000001% benefits from that. And boy, do they. I’ve written a fair bit on meds and aging, and from my perch, I follow the money. Who profits? The politicians are paid off ambassadors for those who profit on misery. For what it’s worth, Joan, and again I certainly don’t argue your points, we have been declining as a nation for a long time. We love our comforts (couch, chocolate, chips and mindless distractions). Being healthy, engaged and informed is hard work. Worthwhile, but hard work. And a great man simply don’t want to do it. The weight (pun intended) of all that will collapse us, I believe.

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