The Obesification of America

Contrary to what Americans have been led to believe, the epidemic rise of excess weight gain and obesity in this country is not the result of overeating fat laden foods. The obesification of America is the direct result of a mild depression that causes people to savagely crave, and then overeat, junk food carbohydrate (sugar).

Junk food is the trillion dollar food industries legal drug for this mild depression and, although it’s been very profitable for the food companies, it’s been devastating for the health of the American public. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 368,000 Americans died last year from obesity related illnesses. In comparison, fewer than 14,000 Americans die annually from all the illegal drugs combined. This epidemic is an ominous threat to our country’s future.

America’s overconsumption of the chips, bagels, sodas, pastries, sweets, fries, etc., stems from ferocious cravings that are triggered by low levels of a key neurotransmitter or chemical messenger in the brain called Serotonin. Serotonin is the feel good hormone that affects mood and cravings.

Depleted levels of Serotonin are caused by the contemporary lifestyle factors of stress, poor nutrition, and the lack of quality sleep. It is estimated that over 80% of the U.S. public suffers from low Serotonin and thus, record numbers of prescriptions are being written for the anti-depressants like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc. These mind drugs, called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (aka SSRI’s), attempt to alleviate this unhealthy, low Serotonin condition. Unfortunately, SSRI’s are now the number one selling prescription drugs.

Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, the highly reputed author of The Schwarzbein Principle and founder of The Endocrinology Institute of Santa Barbara, CA, says, “These hormone depleted cravings can be more powerful than the cravings experienced by drug users for illegal street narcotics.” The body instinctively knows that eating junk food will cause the brain to produce a burst of this feel good hormone. Junk food acts like a psychoactive drug for this widespread mild depression and, that is why it is commonly referred to as mood food, comfort food, or emotional eating.

In addition to low Serotonin, the food flavoring agent High Fructose Corn Syrup promotes junk food carbohydrate craving and also blocks the body’s ability to feel full. Tests have shown that even healthy people consume more food when it contains HFCS.

Most Americans are unaware that corn syrup was banned as a food additive in 1906 by Dr. Harvey Wiley, the Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act. Wiley was a sugar research expert and the first head of the Bureau of Chemistry (now the FDA). He banned corn syrup because it was the only sweetener causing diabetes in all of the test animals. Dr. Wiley accurately predicted that if we ever allowed corn syrup to be used as a food additive, we would become a nation of diabetics. Today, because of food politics, HFCS is in over 98% of all the food sold in America and nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes with an annual cost to the taxpayers of $132 billion.

Eating junk food causes blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Excess blood sugar is toxic and therefore the body is forced to overproduce insulin in order to shuttle the excess blood sugar (glucose) into fat cells. This process protects the brain and eyes from sugar toxicity. Diabetics must constantly check their blood sugar and self inject insulin if blood sugar levels are too high in order to prevent diabetic coma or blindness. Insulin acts like an automatic gate opener to your fat cells. The primary function of insulin is to store body fat.

During the late 50’s, in response to the growth of coronary heart disease (CHD), a researcher by the name of Ancel Keyes forwarded what is referred to as the lipid hypothesis. The lipid theory was that there was a direct relationship between the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet and the incidence of CHD. Although there were many health professionals that disputed this theory, food politics trumped solid science and the low-fat, low-cholesterol mania was born.

Four food companies that had a vested interest in the demise of saturated fats began promoting and funding additional research that supported the lipid hypothesis. Those with opposing views were afforded little, if any, publicity and the nation was misled into a war against fat and cholesterol. Our National Institute of Health and the medical community bought into and endorsed the low-fat, low-cholesterol movement.

In response to this ill fated notion, the giant food industry began to produce entire product lines of low-fat, fat-free food. Americans were advised to eliminate saturated fat and cholesterol containing foods from their diets even though nature’s perfect food, mother’s milk, contains copious amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol.

For years, the Medical community has referred to The Framingham Heart Study as the basis for their food recommendations. However, the director of the study, which began in 1948, said, “In Framingham, Mass., the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the persons serum cholesterol… we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.” His statement certainly didn’t support the Keyes lipid hypothesis.

Dr. Mary Enig, a world renowned lipid (fat) biochemist from Baltimore, MD, clearly states that “Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease but rather a potent antioxidant weapon against free radicals in the blood, and a repair substance that helps heal arterial damage.” And, Dr. Walter Willett, the noted epidemiologist from Harvard, calls it scandalous that “Not one government agency has changed its primary food guideline to fit the results of the 1990’s scientific findings which demonstrate that total fat, including saturated fat, has no relation to heart disease.”

So, eating healthy fat doesn’t make you fat, overeating junk food carbohydrate (sugar) does. Americans are eating less fat than ever and fat is essential for the production of Serotonin. Eating healthy fat (not fried or hydrogenated) with meals slows the time (transient time) it takes for food to be converted into blood sugar. Fat doesn’t provoke an insulin response and it is impossible to store fat without the presence of insulin.

Even today, effective propaganda by the food-industry has many people, including doctors, believing that eating saturated fat and cholesterol is the cause of excess weight gain and coronary heart disease. In a recent survey, 53% of the doctors polled were still under the impression that saturated fat was unhealthy. There are many doctors who know very little about nutrition because it wasn’t incorporated into the medical curriculum until 1994. It should be noted that at the most recent convention of the American Medical Association, over 66% of the doctors in attendance were either overweight or obese.

This epidemic has given rise to a booming weight loss industry that promises fast, easy solutions. Most of these companies offer stimulant laden products that suppress the appetite. This ill-conceived approach results only in the temporary loss of bone, muscle, or water weight and not long term, successful fat loss. Because Americans are attracted to the quick fix, they have fallen prey to these diet scams.

It’s time we recognize that it’s about depleted brain chemistry and blaming overweight people for a lack of discipline or willpower is misguided and wrong. This has become an important social issue. The food conglomerates have placed profits ahead of health and we must address this epidemic before it is too late. Americans made it a priority to protect the water, air, and soil and we should consider protecting the most precious resource we have, the citizenry. It is time to reverse the obesification of America.

Gary Kaposta is the founder of a Texas-based company called Nutrico. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Gary, or visit Gary's website.

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  1. Eric Patton said on July 11th, 2008 at 6:41am #

    “Gary Kaposta is the founder of a Texas-based company called Nutrico.”

    So Gary’s a capitalist. What does Nutrico sell?

  2. evie said on July 11th, 2008 at 6:58am #

    Junk article. Nothing is ever an individual’s fault in the US, it’s them there profit mongers making ya fat, dumb, and double digit IQ happy.

    Mood food addicts craving – grease, sugar, and dead flesh – super sized.

    Getting fat is taking in more than you burn off and making poor food choices. Put down that bucket and step away from the table. Gluttony. I know several people who lost 100+ pounds simply by eating right and exercise. Will power.

  3. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 11th, 2008 at 8:58am #

    Evie: Your education is so bad, i am sorry to disappoint you. But you lack scientific knowledge not only in politics, but also in medical science. The ethilogy (Causes) of obesity and weight-gain are not only eating more than you burn (That is a part of the equation) but not the whole cause of weight-gain.

    The cause of weight-gain are many, and this article stresses not the only cause of weight-gain but an *important* cause.

    The other causes of weight-gain are also biological, like the ‘body weight set point theory’ in the hypothalamus which leads to increased hunger, wrecked satiety-hormones, hypothyroidism (Low thyroid levels), increased insulin levels, low testosterone levels, high prolactin. So a big cause of weight-gain is our capitalist health care system, if it was a socialist health care system people would be less obese in America, since they would get state-covered endocrinology services. But in our current capitalist health care system, only rich obese people can go to an endocrinologist doctor for a weight-loss program. If you are poor and obese in USA, you are doomed.

    So you again make simplistic arguments with lack of scientific research to make wrong conclusions, like “Chavez is dishonest” like all governments. (hahaha)

    Don’t generalize, don’t stereotype, try to document yourself, research for the details instead of making these general generalizations when judging events, people, and the world we live in.

  4. hp said on July 11th, 2008 at 9:21am #

    The biggest contributor to being fat and suffering from what the ‘doctors’ call depression is also the remedy. Exercise or lack of.
    Exercise, whether through physical labor (a job) or self propelled work outs, walking, swimming, biking, etc. is definitely #1.
    It’s amazing what physical exercise does for a person.
    You eat well, not just snack and pick, because you’re hungry and you sleep well because you’re tired.
    This eliminates most of those ‘ailments’ from being depressed to insomnia and when you sleep well and wake up feeling strong and fit, it’s big medicine.
    Also, forget the pills and try laughing. Practice laughing, start laughing.
    At yourself if nothing else.

  5. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 11th, 2008 at 9:27am #

    I thought that protein didn’t elevate insulin. I was wrong. Protein elevates insulin


    Read this article which claims that a diet high in fat, moderate in protein and carbs is best for people who get fat easily. This is because fat is the only macronutrient which doesn’t elevate insulin. I thought protein didn’t have any effect on insulin as well:


    Putting it into practice

    If you have good insulin sensitivity and low insulin secretion, odds are you will do well with a traditional bodybuilding type of diet which means high protein, highish carbs and low fat. Let’s say you’re consuming 1 g/lb of protein at 12 cal/lb. That’s 40% protein. If you go to 1.5 g/lb, that’s 50% protein. That leaves you with 50-60% of your calories to allocate between fat and carbohydrate. 15-20% dietary fat is about the lower limit. it becomes impossible to get sufficient essential fatty acids. So your diet will be roughly 40% protein, 40-45% carbs and 15-20% fat. If protein goes to 50% of the total, carbs should come down to 35% of the total with 15% fat.

    If you’re not insulin sensitive and/or have high insulin secretion, a diet lower in carbs and higher in fat (don’t forget that protein can raise insulin as well) is a better choice. Assuming, again, 40% protein, a good starting place might be 40% protein, 20-30% carbs and 20-30% fat. A further shift to a near ketogenic (or cyclical ketogenic) diet may be necessary, 40% protein, 10-20% carbs and the remainder fat may be the most effective. If protein is set higher, up to 50% protein, carbs woul be set at 10-20% with the remainder (20-30%) coming from dietary fat.

    Summing up

    Hopefully the above has given you some insight into choosing what might be an optimal fat loss diet without having to go through so much tedious trial and error. However, please don’t treat the above as more than a starting point. Adjustments to diet in terms of calories or nutrient intake should always be based on real world fat loss. You should be tracking your fat loss every 2 weeks (4 at the most); if you’re not losing at a reasonable rate (1-1.5 lbs fat loss/week), you need to adjust something.

    Bio: Lyle McDonald received his BS in physiology from UCLA in 1993 and has been obsessed with all aspects of human performance (training, nutrition, supplements) since then. He has written extensively about fat loss, especially low carbohydrate dieting. He is currently working on a book covering all aspects of protein nutrition for athletes as well as an approach to getting rid of stubborn bodyfat. His website is http://www.bodyrecomposition and his books can be ordered there by clicking on the store link.


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    Pittas AG et. al. A low-glycemic load diet facilitates greater weight loss in overweight adults with high insulin secretion but not in overweight adults with low insulin secretion in the CALERIE Trial. Diabetes Care. 2005 Dec;28(12):2939-41.

    A great deal of recent research has found that low-carbohydrate diets are superior for individuals with insulin resistance or the metabolic syndrome.

    The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner takes an in-depth look at the topic of low-carbohydrate/ketogenic diets.

    This book serves as a reference for the dieter who has questions regarding the physiology, adaptations, and effects of a ketogenic diet. The contents are fully referenced for health professionals such as dietitians, physicians, personal trainers and nutritionists. Anyone interested in the ketogenic diet will find this book a valuable resource.

    Note: This book does not cover the ketogenic diet for pediatric epilepsy. I highly suggest The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Epilepsy, 3rd Edition (Paperback) by Freeman, Freeman and Kelly (link will take you to page)

  6. evie said on July 11th, 2008 at 9:42am #

    Bull hockey. Why has obesity only become a problem for the masses in the last 30 years? Inactivity, lack of exercise, poor dietary habits, caloric greed, physical sloth.

    Socialized medicine will cure nothing. The rest of the West has the same fat problem.

    Ever notice how many obese parents are at Walmart with obese children? Lifestyle. I’ve seen many mothers shove junk food and/or bottles in their child’s mouth when he opens it simply so they can avoid interacting with the kid. How many grab buckets of drive through garbage b/c they don’t want to take 30 minutes to prep and cook a healthy meal?

    Physicians come up with theoretic causes and cures to take the focus off the real culprit – yourself – just as they did for ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, etc. Big pharma loves you – take a pill – regulate your chemistry, your hormones, your “moods.” Don’t bother to live life – it’s easier to sit, eat, whine, and blame something/someone else.

    Only rich obese people can go for a weight loss program? In case you haven’t noticed the wealthy are rarely obese. You don’t have to be rich – I’ve known too many who lost weight on their own, w/o medical intervention.

  7. bozhidar balkas said on July 11th, 2008 at 12:00pm #

    i, too, am ready to do some battling w. evie.
    evie, oh evie, i love what u say; or, rather, the way u say it.
    but consider this fact: we haven’t for eons eaten sugar. seems to me that all manufactured food contains refined sugar.
    having not eaten refined sugar for eons we can’t just in 1 cent or so adjust to refined sugar.
    i admonish u that one does not blame;one looks for causative factors/actors for obesity in canada/US.
    find them; remove them; that’s the way to go. suppose we don’t find? so what? what have we lost?
    u’r right; we move less; sit more; work less; thus burn fewer callories.
    but again, one doesnt’t blame but once again one looks for causative factors for this as well.
    in short, everything is caused. but, but, but our rulers will never allow us to find even one causative factor for, let’s say, wars let alone all of them.
    why does the ruling class make basic schooling mandatory? because, i deduce, it divides kids; turns them against one another.
    u just can’t grade kids and not do irreparable harm to those who finish at the bottom.
    u can grade cattle A,B, C, etc. but kids or human beings? no, only very evil people do that. thank u

  8. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 11th, 2008 at 12:04pm #

    evie: Again making arguments without proofs. Also rich people are rarely obese because of the mere fact that if they are obese, they have the liberty and option to go to an endocrinologist diet doctor.

    The mothers at Wal-Mart with fat kids buying fattening tasty foods like frozen pizzas, fig-bars, tostitos, mexican fajitas, pizza pockets, corn dogs, deli cheeses, hams, ice cream, duncan himes cakes (by the way Wal Mart has a whole mile dedicated to bakery), etc. is just a consequence of the system we got.

    We are humans, don’t blame those mothers and kids, they are humans, who when confronted with the 99% of fattening foods sold at supermarkets and only 1% of healthy foods, have no option but to buy the fattening foods.

    Our TV mainstream media is filled with commercials marketing pizzas, tacos, breads, bakerie foods, etc.

    It is a Matrix that is hard to escape.

    And add to all this madness of fattening foods in the USA. the lack of access to gyms. For God sake this country has more Mcdonalds, more Wendies, more banks than Gyms.

    Finding a gym in USA is like finding a diamond mine or a gold mine.

    And add to this madness, the expensive diet doctors. An appointment with a diet aesthetic doctor costs like $250 dollars.

    So don’t blame people at Wal-Mart. Blame the whole system, because it is a fattening system indeed.

    America not only needs a political revolution, but also an anti-fattening, a pro-weight-loss revolution, to instill a healthy lifestyle in people. To destroy the values of hedonism, of food that this country has been based on, and to promote values of exercising, health, dieting, which are *good* not bad, and have been satanized by the right-wing fundamentalist churches. which give more value to the soul than to the body.

    But of course the real churches and real christian religion knows that the Kingdom of God. is the Kingdom of Socialism on Earth and not in a metaphysical heaven.

    And you sound like you hate science. Well tell you what, welcome to the science world. And obesity is an illness which must be treated with science, not with simplistic eating less and doing more tactics.

    And you are contradicting yourself, saying socialized medicine doesn’t work, but at the same time you critisize doctors for fooling patients, on this profit-driven system.

    So make up your mind: are you in favor of a socialized medicine not for profit. or a profit-driven system of medical care like the one we got now?

  9. hp said on July 11th, 2008 at 12:56pm #

    Like evie, when I was a kid nine out of ten kids were sticks.
    We had gardens, we ran, we swam, we fished, we climbed, we hiked, we skated, we rolled and tumbled, we were active.
    We ate popsickles, fudgesickles, candy, kool-aid, etc. too, but we were active.

    The first gym I ever saw was in middle school.
    The whole world is a gym.
    The floor and gravity suffice.

    We didn’t even know what pills were. Just aspirin.
    We didn’t even know what government was. Or cared.
    We didn’t even know what a doctor was, as a rule.
    Sure we went to the doctor when needed, but our when needed was a far cry from today’s when needed. Which, it seems, is for anything and everything.
    We basically bandaged our cuts and bruises, which were plentiful, and rode out the colds and flu and measles and mumps. Like everyone else.
    Of course, most of us were what would be considered “poor” in today’s society.
    Actually, we were rich.

  10. A Somebody said on July 11th, 2008 at 1:26pm #

    Tennessee Socialist: I agree that the system has several flaws. However, something has to be said for personal responsibility. I’m not someone who subscribes to the bootstraps theory at all; however, by lowering the bar by implying that it’s not people’s fault that they are obese (when for many people, they had a role in becoming that way), you strip them of their intelligence to make positive choices in their lives. And by saying “when confronted with the 99% of fattening foods sold at supermarkets and only 1% of healthy foods, have no option but to buy the fattening foods”, you’re exaggerating quite a bit. You make people seem powerless, when really we have a lot more power in this fight than we realize. Also, the options in the US aren’t THAT bad (i.e., 99% bad versus 1% good).

    Also, I have no idea where you live, but finding a gym is not hard. I live in the middle of nowhere and believe it or not, we have gyms. Forget the gym, though – nothing is easier than getting off of one’s behind and actually moving. Without a car (shudder!!!).

  11. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 11th, 2008 at 2:25pm #


    “The whole world is a gym. The floor and gravity suffice.”

    Maybe that was back in the 1950s, in our unpulluted cities, public parks, and roads free of cars.

    The USA of the XXI Century is a very terrible place for the working-classes. That’s why i stress the importance of changing this system from a capitalist system to a working-class socialist system *exclusively* for workers (A workers-government)

    Our cities are totally dysfunctional, full of cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. polluting physically and mentally our cities. Many places where poor people live in America don’t have public parks, sidewalks, basketball courts and walking trails.

    The US workers and poor people live in terrible places in America. Remember that we got 2 USAs. One USA exclusively for the yuppies and haves. And the other USA, a dystopian, terrible place to live.

    It is almost impossible to exercise outdoors in this country. This country is a mess for pedestrians, joggers and outdoor people. It is a paradise for drivers. So we can’t expect average american citizens to go for a walk after they come home from work in our messy, terrible depressive cities.

    Only the upper-class, and the middle bourgeoise yuppie class have the option to live in very nice places where they can practice outdoor activities, with plenty of sidewalks, public parks, and fitness rooms specially devoted for yuppies.

    But face it, in America if you are not a yuppie elite, you don’t have any option to practice any sport.


  12. hp said on July 11th, 2008 at 2:55pm #

    Last time I checked, just a second ago, the floor was still here and gravity was still in effect.
    I did a couple of quick pushups, grabbed the jump rope and spun a few doubles and lo and behold….sweat!
    I could have ran in and grabbed a coke and some chips but I decided instead to have some celery and yogurt.
    All within the grasp of anyone, rich or poor.
    The pushups and rope jumping were free.
    I could be wrong, though.

  13. evie said on July 11th, 2008 at 3:24pm #

    Stop pulling excuses from dark places and take a hike or a walk.

    Amen hp.

  14. evie said on July 11th, 2008 at 4:20pm #

    Re: Eric question above on Nutrico and the author.

    DALLAS, TX (August 30, 2004) — Calling all low-Carb dieters: you’re on the right track but you’re taking the wrong train. Fortunately, a Texas-based company called Nutrico has developed a fat-loss dietary supplement, Serofil™, that not only puts you on the right train, but plants you in the best seat, too. And the conductor, company founder Gary Kaposta, is a man on a mission.

    Only $49.95 for a one month supply of Serofil™.

    Hmmm, what can Gary’s mission be.

  15. D.R. Munro said on July 12th, 2008 at 5:59am #

    Very well said HP.

    Saying that one’s environment and “system” is the only contributing factor is just enabling people and removing all personal responsibility.

    I think I’ll go have a run in my “polluted” city. Why?

    ‘Cause I don’t want to be fat.

    “It is almost impossible to exercise outdoors in this country. This country is a mess for pedestrians, joggers and outdoor people. It is a paradise for drivers.”

    I’ve never had any probem exercising. Ever. Maybe because I don’t make excuses to justify being lazy? When I don’t want to work out I don’t blame it on this and or that – I simply say, “I’m friggin’ lazy tonight, and I’m not going to work out.”

    You, sir, have some seriously twisted logic going on in your head. I say take HP’s advice – learn to laugh.

  16. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 12th, 2008 at 6:11pm #

    So now because i am telling the truth, i am “pulling excuses” !! No way i am not pulling excuses. I am telling the ugly truth about USA. There are 2 USAs, a nice USA for the middle elite, the thieves of America stealing the wealth from workers. And the other USA, the USA of workers, of the creators of wealth, who live like slaves.

    So Marx was right in that capitalism creates palaces for the rich, and deformation and sickness for the workers.

    So don’t tell me now that USA is a fair class-less society with “equal opportunity” for everybody, hahaha, equal opportunity to clean your ass maybe, not an economic equal opportunity.

    And by the way evie: turn off the TV, and land on earth, welcome reality to your life, stop living in a mainstream media world like most american bourgeosie folks.


  17. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 12th, 2008 at 6:30pm #

    D.R. Munro said on July 12th, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    You are wrong, and live in a mainstream corporate world, so turn off the TV.

    What you and HP are saying is that sidewalks are fitness facilities, that’s not entirely right, because some people hate walking or jogging as cardio, they would rather do some weights, or use exercise machines. You are literally saying that if there are sidewalks out there people *should* go for a walk in our ugly, dehumanized and dystopian unsafe, full of crimes dystopian environemt. Many parents in this country would rather not expose their kids to the US streets. So your arguments that sidewalks are gyms is not correct.

  18. Tennessee-Socialist said on July 12th, 2008 at 6:38pm #

    USA is depressive too, i forgot that which is linked to this article. The american way of life is depressive, it is based on a radical libertarianist mode of life, based on the ideas of deep-egoists such as Ayn Rand, the radical libertarianism of John Locke, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Benjamin Franklin, Max Stirner. We need a change of thinking toward a more social lifestyle, with social clubs, social bonds, etc. we are social animals not Robinson Crusoes stranded in a lonely island.

  19. D. R. Munro said on July 12th, 2008 at 7:31pm #

    “because some people hate walking or jogging as cardio, they would rather do some weights, or use exercise machines.”

    You’re probably a fat American. Because if you weren’t, you would realize that walking, running, or jogging are really the ONLY ways to get cardio . . . free weights and exercise machines are anaerobic exercises that are used for muscle building. Please, don’t call me ignorant and then drop a priceless bomb like that.

    And if they “hate” walking? Guess what, sometimes you have to do things that you hate. It’s called life. Better get used to it, pal.

    And yes, sidewalks ARE fitness facilities. As are lawns, parks, beaches, docks, your kitchen floor, your driveway – if you think you need a “fitness facility” to be in shape, you are clearly not in shape.

    Never in my life have I set foot into a “fitness facility” and yet I can 1RM 240 pounds, perform 65 sixty push-ups, and run four miles daily. These “fitness facilities” are a bourgeoise invention, something that you by your own volition say you are against.

    Want to do free weights? Get some empty gallon milk jugs and fill ’em with water . . . voila, dumb bells. Want some resistence? Stack some heavy books on your back as you do push-ups. Or take a towel in both hands and pull apart as hard as you can.

    Point being, your argument holds absolutely no water.

    Am I a rich American? Sure. And I’m glad. Life is a mere game of chance, and fortune happened to favor me. I am lucky, and I acknowledge this. I look at things, I laugh at them, and I go about my day.

    Go ahead and babble about things you think you are sure of in response to this. Oh, and by the way, I want you to prove to me a connection between Stirner and one of your two Americas. Because to be honest, smells like bullshit name-dropping on your part.

    Oh, and please stop calling your subjective experience and interaction with the world an objective reality, it really detracts from your already weak points.

    But, go ahead, get yourself all worked up over whatever it is you are pontificating. I might get a giggle or two.

  20. hp said on July 12th, 2008 at 8:09pm #

    Here’s where opposites are alike, D.R.
    You’re a ‘rich American’ and I’m so far below the poverty line I have to fall down to get up in the morning, yet we agree.
    If I get fat and lazy, or perhaps I should say WHEN I get fat and lazy, it will be, in the immortal words of Jimmy Buffett, “my own damn fault.”

    However, I do sympathize with the kids whose parents confine them, restrain them, over protect them, deny them and sabotage their opportunities to be active and exercise. Out of fear, neglect or just plain bad habit, this is sad.

  21. evie said on July 12th, 2008 at 9:00pm #

    I seldom see TV – too busy. Your “2 Americas” sound as though you are suckling on the boob tube though.

    Of course the US is not a “fair class-less society” – can you tell me where one is?

  22. Locke said on July 13th, 2008 at 5:22am #

    Tennessee-Socialist,greetings from a retired Steel-Worker in Germany.
    You are right with some of your remarks but its in your choice to change something for you.
    We have similar problems in Germany .
    first of all you have to change your behaviour!!
    Some Examples : We use our Car only for distances more than 2 Kms a way, no use of elevators, a dog is better as every doctor,my german Sheperd is a my best medicine, play soccer twice a Week.
    ELEMINAT your F****NG TV !!!!!
    We do it 25 yers ago!!
    TV produce passive and lazy people, its more bad than every disease !!
    Dont read Marx, he was very lazy, in a letter to Engels he wrote : I am
    proud that a NEVER worked !!
    Eat what you want ( not to much) but be sure you are sweating once a day, better more.
    And stop whining , if you have ever been in Russia you will enjoy USA 1+2 believe me .regards

  23. bozhidar balkas said on July 13th, 2008 at 7:21am #

    one very important factor is missing from this page: education.
    the most fundamental factor in weight control is the knowledge.
    so, question arising from this is, what knowledge and what does it teach us?
    i’d rather let nutritionists teach us what to do and what to eat. maybe one will volunteer to do that.
    still, we can make these statements: we live in an ocean of lies. in an ocean of lies in almost all spheres of our lives.
    and, folks, no one can adjust to fiction; only to reality/truth.
    for eons we have not eaten refined sugar; thus nature had not endowed us to deal w. it properly.
    by necessity, many of us sit up to 14 hrs a day. we sleep or r in bed another 8-10 hrs. so we stand ab 2-4 hrs.
    as for cause for this, i’l leave them out for now.
    i do not want to say that we r sicker than ever; perhaps we r; and, again, there r causes for that; too many for me to put them all down.
    and if one is sick one is less active. and we may be sicker than ever because of pollution.
    according to some people there r now 130td industrial chemicals in use. more cld be said. thank u

  24. evie said on July 13th, 2008 at 8:12am #

    Nutritionist Victor Lindlahr 1923 – “You are what you eat.”

  25. hp said on July 13th, 2008 at 10:53am #

    And Popeye the Sailorman said, “I yam what I yam.”

  26. Lloyd Rowsey said on July 15th, 2008 at 6:25am #

    In Jul 11, Eric Patton asked: “What does Nutrico sell”?

    If you go to Merriam-Webster online, you’ll not find the word “obesification” – rather a lot of other words:

    Hey, Gary Kaposta. Did you invent the word “Obesification”?

    What DOES Nutrico sell?

  27. Lloyd Rowsey said on July 16th, 2008 at 6:41am #

    Eric Patton




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    A Somebody

    Sunil Sharma

    D.R. Munro


    Lee Hall


    Dear Lloyd,

    Our company ,NUTRICO, is selling health thru nutrition. The corrupted food supply poses a serious threat to the countries economic future. Socrates said, ” In a free society, if the individual was unable to maintain good health, that neglect would manifest itself in the form of such huge healthcare cost that it would bankrupt the society”.

    I came up with the word Obesification because it accurately decribes a process that has taken place over the years that has made the U.S. the fattest nation in the world. There is no magic pill or potion, only sound nutrition that will enable the nation to reverse the course we’re on. Many people who struggle with excess weight don’t understand the significance of brain chemistry in the scheme of weight gain. If a person can take the life of another human being due to insanity(brain chemistry gone awry), then depleted brain chemistry can certainly cause one to make the wrong choices when it comes to what they eat and drink.

    Best Regards,


    I probably won’t post this reply at Dissident Voice, gary. but just btw you, me, and the fencepost: it’s about the most bullshit failure-to-answer a direct and private question I’ve ever read. When was the last time you ran for political office, and where? – Best regards, Lloyd

  28. Lloyd Rowsey said on July 16th, 2008 at 1:56pm #

    Apparently, everyone considers this article too old to look at, or even check their own posts at.

    Nonetheless, because Gary Kaposta is so single-minded and focuses on a simple, private question with such intensity, I hope Eric Patton – who originally asked the question of Kaposta, or anyone else with a good understanding of the English language (ie, who can recognize a simple question when they read it) – at least, will appreciate the hum or in Kaposta’s “reply.” (TALK ABOUT A “LITTTLE PISS ANT BITCH.”

  29. Lloyd Rowsey said on July 16th, 2008 at 2:03pm #

    Apparently, everyone considers this article too old to look at, or even check their own posts at.

    Nonetheless, because Gary Kaposta is so single-minded and focuses on a simple, private question with such intensity, I hope Eric Patton – who originally asked the question of Kaposta – or anyone else with a good understanding of the English language (ie, who can recognize a simple question when they read it) – will appreciate the humor in Kaposta’s “reply.” (I think of Gary Kaposta now as that “LITTTLE PISS ANT BITCH.”)

    “Lloyd. Re bullshit, you must have a high concentration of it between you ears. Again, there is no attempt to sell anyone , anything, anywhere in The Obesification article. I give seminars on a regular basis and we have helped countless people to break the addiction to junk food/drink., My suggestion to you is see a good shrink and try to get some semblence of a life. If something in the piece is not accurate,point it out. Otherwhise, shut the fuck up you litttle piss ant bitch!

    Best Regards,


  30. Lloyd Rowsey said on July 16th, 2008 at 2:15pm #

    Thank you, thank you, Dissident voice, for double-posting me. (It always makes the poster seem so aware. ) I’m sure it was my fault!! (Silly, little piss ant me.)

    So having tried so clumsily to expose Gary Kaposta as the big piss ant asshole he (obviously) is, I’ll forget my efforts, GK’s insults, and the technically concerned Dissident Voice posters (as well as Sunil Sharma and Lee Hall), and finish my afternoon nap. Suggesting only, to anyone who chances upon these lines, please read the SECOND version of my post beginning “Apparently” (above), and put a closing quotation marks after Gary Kaposta’s final “g”.

    Lloyd Rowsey