I can see your point. At some point we should take responsibility for our decisions. Whether we will drink soda or tea, eat another greasy cheese burger or a salad.....these are decisions we make for ourselves daily.
However, I realize too that our food choices are not what they use to be. Many times the crops are genetically altered and put into our foods without our knowledge. The long term effects of this is still being determined and argued. I found some interesting information about GMO here.
I totatlly agree that everyone should exercise on a daily basis......but most of us work and it can be a challenge to find the time. I love walking but admit I should do more of it.
I can understand a little better why diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are on the rise when I educate myself.
So yes, we are responsible for our actions, but there are many factors at work here that are out of our control.
Right you are! The other thing you didn't mention is that there is SO much going on metabolically and different people are born with genetically different metabolic capacities, so some people CAN eat the greasy cheeseburgers, and sit on the couch without getting fat. Others can eat minimally and exercise and still get fat. Both of those extremes are really beyond our control, so we can work with what we inherited, but reality is reality.
The other thing that I think is REALLY important is to disassociate Type 2 with obesity, because they are NOT the same thing. Most (but not all) Type 2s are obese, but most obese people do NOT have Type 2. New research is needed to distinguish between 2 DIFFERENT diseases that have a symptom in common. I haven't heard much of anybody acknowledge that.
The real tragedy is that human body was optimized to protect against starvation and in fact there never was any optimization built in to protect against over supply of calories/glucose since in past scarce and low energy foods coupled with hard work - expended energy tended to limit the amount of daily available carbs externally to human body. Today, yes, human needs to directly manage energy input so as not to saturate body local glucose storage of the fat and skeletal muscle cells.. This has noting to do with obesity/body size or fat supplies but saturation of the local glucose stores of fat and skeletal muscle cells. The saturation is what causes the system to go out of regulation.
This saturation is further complicated by liver leakage from aging - and pancreas aging droping its basil pulses and offsetting the body setpoint creating extra glucose over and above diet considerations. and extent of physical exercise burning that glucose off.
Since genetic variations generally do not happen in one life time but over many cycles of that, the excess 24/7 quailty food availability has only been available since 1970's and on, we are reaping the reward.
Should the gloom and doomers be right and we have a full scale world economic crash, we may have opportunity to see this disease epidemic get starved out of the human system as food sources dry up.
As for blame, ridiculous. None of us growing up had any traininjg or thought about energy management and nor any real good reasons to do so prior to the 1970's.
I concur that the current fad to link body fat and obesity to be causitive agents of diabetes to be off track standing in dead end tunnel with lights turned off. I honestly believe that there is no difference in this case narrowly speaking between the type 2 obese diabetic and type 2 scrawny lean diabetic as both types have probably saturated their body's local glucose stores of the skeletal muscle/fat cells and energy equation out of balance. The obese person is just better able to convert more glucose to fat better than the scrawny person.
And it may still turn out that genetic damage - immune diseases may be a factor causing the set point servo system of the liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle/fat cells to get damaged and go out of whack and wander up causing cell glucose saturation faster and sooner as system ages over time. Presently the only real tool fighting excess liver glucose release is metformin coupled with carbs control and sufficient hearty exercise.
Actually the abundant supply of food was available in first world nations long before the 1970's, only interrupted by war-induced famines. Somewhere, I saw menus from opulent feasts put on by rich people in the 1700s and 1800s -- MUCH meat, and many courses -- I almost puked reading them! So why is this obesity epidemic only happening since the 70's?