Obesity Myths


1. Obese People Cause Medical Insurance Premiums To Go Up

1 skinny 3Contrary to what the media and the various food scolds say obese Americans are not the driving force behind rising medical costs.

Research done by McKinsey and Company showed that in 2005 America spent $480 million dollars more for health care than peer nations.

If it is not health care for the obese, why are we paying more money for health care?

But when McKinsey’s expert number-crunchers compared the prevalence and cost of 130 diseases (including obesity, heart disease and diabetes) in the U.S. and six other countries (Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK), they discovered that the U.S. spent under $25 billion treating all 130 conditions—a fraction of the “extra” $480 billion that we spent on health care. [Emphasis mine.]

Where did the other $455 billion go? First, we pay more for everything, from doctors’ services to medical devices. McKinsey’s analysts calculated that higher prices account for roughly $280 billion in “additional spending.” Secondly, “inefficiencies and complexities” in our health care system add another $150 billion to the tab. “Fee-for service” encourages doctors to see more patients. Finally, administration, regulation and the many go-betweens (brokers and agents) needed to deliver care in our fragmented system cost nearly $100 billion.” None of this is news. [Emphasis mine.]

2. Obesity Kills

The actual study that started this myth was a 1993 study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA.) What that study actually measured was dietary factors and activity patterns that were too sedentary contributed to 300,000 deaths.

The New England Journal of medicine incorrectly reported, or misrepresented, the 300,000 deaths as being caused by obesity. The media picked it up and the rest as they say is history.

Today most every one still believe obesity kills 300,000-400,00 people a year when the actual figure is closer to 25,000. [Source: Center For Consumer Freedom]

According to Jason Lusk in his excellent book, The Food Police, Random House, 2013 states that overlooked in all the hype about rising death rates is the fact that weight is correlated to age and therefore in a country with as large an aging baby boom population as we have is biologically bound to be  a nation that weighs more.

Furthermore, life expectancy has been rising in America for several years and has risen 2.5 years.

3. Being Overweight Is the Same as Being Unhealthy

Here is a fact I bet you have never heard before:

Good health has more to do with fitness than with weight.

Dr. Kelly Brownell, Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, states, “Groundbreaking work on fitness 1 a 1and weight has been done by [epidemiologist Steven] Blair and colleagues at the Cooper Institute. They have shown that the advantages of being fit are striking and that people can be fit even if they are fat … and thus have lowered risk of disease. A remarkable finding is that heavy people who are fit have lower risk than thin people who are unfit.” [Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Blog] [Emphasis mine.]

BMI and Obesity…….

And remember that in 1998 the federal government lowered the healthy BMI from 27 to 25 immediately dumping 29 million former NOT obese Americans into the fat or obese category.

…………. and What They Did Not Tell You!

Seven of the nine members of the then government’s obesity task force were…..drum roll here now please…….directors of weight-loss clinics!

Gee!! I wonder how that decision was made. Because of that I am now considered fat by the USA Government.

4. Fat Is Bad For You

As Men’s Health magazine  states, no one has ever proven so called bad fats are really bad for you!

Fat is a necessary nutrient for the body and especially for the brain. In fact, without fat you and I would probably not be here at all as the human brain evolved and developed into the biggest and most highly evolved brain on earth due to humans eating fat. No fat = No human beings.

Even saturated fats are not all bad for you. Saturated fats are probably the most demonized food on earth! Many cultures thrive on high saturated fat diets including Eskimos (blubber – what do you think blubber is?), and the Kenyan Maasai tribe in Africa.

The reason we think saturated fats are so bad is Ancel Keyes and his cherry [lying] picking data. I dealt with Mr. Keyes in some depth a few years back, Ancel Keyes.

Mother Nature Network (MNN) lists several studies that show that prove saturated fats do not lead to heart disease, including LDLs, as wel as listing the benefits of saturated fats.

As MNN states, this does not mean that we should go on a an all bacon-cheeseburger diet. Remember the key is to eat all things in moderation. Two other good reads on saturated fats can be found at body building dot com and at Men’s Health, which is always a good source for health related articles. On the fat issue read, What if Bad Fat is Actually Good for You?

In Closing

Things are always more complicated and nuanced to make blanket comments about obesity and health. I stick with my basic tenet – everything in moderation – including moderation.

So go thee forward into the world and enjoy life and one of its pure joys – food. As far as I know, we only get one time round.


Featured Recipe    Banana Caramel Cream Dessert


“Life Is Uncertain.  Eat Dessert First” ~ Book Title Authors: Sol Gordon and Harold Brecher

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. I don’t think you can ever have too may dessert recipes.

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!”  Unknown

Another reason you can never have too may dessert recipes – it lessens stress.

This recipe comes from, Just Mini Desserts, Volume 2 by Robert Zollweg.

This is what you will need for 4 servings:

3-4 bananas

8 ounces cream cheese

4 tablespoons whipped topping

½ cup sugar

½ cup caramel sauce

½ cup chopped pecans or peanuts*

*I substituted pistachios.


Here is what you do:

Soften the cream cheese.

NOTE: If you want to add another layer of flavor into the dish squeeze a few drops of fresh orange or lime juice, favorite liqueur into the cream cheese. (MTTD/RAH idea.)

If you need to chop nuts for the dish this would be a good time to complete that task as well.


Mix together the cream cheese, whipped topping, and sugar until smooth


IMG_6249Slice the bananas.


Place 3 spoonfuls of this mixture in the bottom of each dessert dish…….


………..and then place 5-6 slices of bananas in top of the cream cheese mixture, and drizzle with the caramel sauce.

IMG_6266Sprinkle with the crushed nuts.



Mr. Zollweg says, “And if you really want to go over the top, add a dollop of hot fudge.”

And just in case you are wondering…………..
……………..Yes, this dessert counts as one of your daily fruit and vegetable servings.


Bon appétit!!!


3-4 bananas                          $0.57

8 oz cream cheese                 $2.48

4 tbspn whipped top               $0.13

½ cup sugar                          $0.20

½ cup caramel sauce              $0.58

½ cup pistachios                     $0.50

Total cost = $4.46      
Cost per person = $1.12

Quote of the Day

Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.
Joss Whedon


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