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Rev Dr Peter Mullen
"The euphemism rules:-
I find that most phrases we hear have to be translated into ordinary English.
So for example, “A long battle with alcohol” really means “Has lain on the sofa for years watching football and pouring cans of lager down his neck.”
What are actually bad habits are being objectified as diseases. So no one merely drinks too much or gets smashed on illegal drugs. Only he “has alcohol issues and a drug problem.” But it’s not the booze or the drugs that are the problem. The drunk or the abuser is the problem.
Generally we are not allowed to claim that people are responsible for their behaviour, but “suffering from” some dreadful malady inflicted upon them by immutable external causes.
However, there are notable exceptions to this rule – the principal one being smoking. No smoker is ever described as someone who “is vulnerable to nicotine.”
No, because the smoker is disapproved by our politically correct culture, we are allowed to describe his habit as “filthy” and encouraged to regard the poor devil as a pariah."
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
I would argue that drug addicts are a horse of a different color than smokers or alcoholics, but that's beside the point.
I'm not visually impaired, I can't see a thing, I'm ****ing blind, simple
Originally posted by nixie_noxMetabolism, medications, thyroid issues, other health issues, can cause fat problems.
Most cases of obesity are caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy from your diet but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy will be turned into fat.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by grainofsand
That is a lame excuse so people can slander fat people, like you are trying to do.
Funny how everyone has different diseases, different immune systems, different skin, height, fertility, color, some go bald, some don't, some have lazy eyes, some don't.
One person will never be sick a day in their life, yet another will have a cold every month.
yet every single person's metabolism magically works the same and it is just calories in, calories out.
You can't do things like compare Americans to Japanese. First off, the Japanese have the same genetics. Despite diet, they have always lived longer. That is genetics.
Because they have the same ancestral genetics, and still eat the same diet that their ancestors ate, they have less issues with weight.
But Europeans can't eat rice, where it is nutrition for Asians, it causes a sugar spike in Europeans and does more harm than good.
The Japanese also don't have the same health system we do either. There are too many differences to make a simple comparison.
Americans also have much higher stress levels, and stress causes weight gain.
Americans have such a mess of genes, that most don't even have a clear picture of where they come from.
There is a theory that some of the weight problems maybe caused by ethnic eating. You should only be eating what your ancestors ate and had access too. I am talking thousands of years back.
So Europeans should not be eating bananas, mangos, kiwi, etc. The Irish shouldn't even be eating potatoes. Neither should most Americans. Potatoes are a South American food.
Native Americans didn't start having a diabetes problem till they had access to European alcohol and food. It started with teh introduction of white flower.
So no, it is not as simple as calories in/out and burning energy.edit on 29-12-2012 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)
I am sure that you were an astounding scientist when you were in grade school, and could make accurate calculations on the health of the students around you.