We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm familiar with the overweight epidemic, I used to be trim and fit but then some fat guy coughed on me and I caught the obesity.
There's no overweight epidemic, there's just the victim culture that wants to find an escape from personal responsibility by claiming it's not your fault you're fat, it's society and culture and capitalism and greedy corporations that push unhealthy food and unhealthy lifestyles on you that are to blame. You're just a helpless babe, how can you be expected to resist? Well, thankfully there's a Nanny State here for you that can stop all those evil people from pushing sugary drinks and super-sized meals and comfy chairs on you. All you have to do to avoid any responsibility for your choices is sign here on this form that turns over all your ability to make choices to the government.
And if you know anything about Katz' buddy Mark Bittman and the Union of Concerned Scientists he works for, you should know their prescriptions are dangerous for the health of your freedom.
I don't think obesity is contagious and deadly over a week-long period.
We live in a body-worshipping age.
Assistant Village Idiot
"Right now, unless you are in one of the rarefied populations around the world where the disease is concentrated, the answer is: probably very, very, very low. There are, as I write this (2/28/20) just under 84,000 global cases out of a population of nearly 8 billion humans. "
Here is the problem with that kind of thinking; undoubtedly there was a time early in the great black plague where that statement was true. We are in the very early stages of covid-19 and it is too early to tell everyone to relax and that the flu is worse. We don't know that. A very likely possibility is that this virus kills a million or so of our senior citizens. If your mom and dad or your grandparents are still alive this could kill them. Is that no big deal? If a lot of these cases of pneumonia occur at the same time they will overwhelm your local hospital and the hospital will not accept your parents or grandparents into the facility so they will be shunted off to a minimal care facility with the expectation that they will die. That is what triage is and in a worst case they don't put too much effort into caring for those they don't expect to live. When a doctor tells you what this doctor is telling you he knows what will happen and he is just shrugging his shoulders at you.
If this virus plays out badly and after it is done there will be people who will again say things like "that wasn't so bad". But if it is your mother/father who died not because it was inevitable but because the hospital didn't have room or equipment available to give them good care what will your response be? This virus has the potential to kill a lot of people who didn't need to die. Sure some will simply be unsaveable even with the best of care but many will be triaged off to a minimal care facility to die because of inadequate care. So don't let them get away with telling you this is no big deal.
Fire is a good analogy. If you can keep the fuel away, and keep the items from touching each other, it can burn itself out fairly harmlessly. Yet a small flame can successively ignite millions of trees.
Assistant Village Idiot
Another guru trying to shell another medicine wagon book about the promises of diet, by linking it to a trending topic, coronavirus. “I know coronavirus is scary bad, folks, but buy my overpriced books, dvds, and merchandise to find out what is even scarier, so you can try not to get sick and die.” So tired of the fear mongering. I’ve known a fair share of dedicated gym rats, vegans, and athletes who have been felled by heart attacks, diabetes, and cancer. I’ve known a number of obese, chain smoking, boozers that are never sick and live long lives. It’s all in the luck of the draw of your gene pool. Eat, drink, and be active in moderation and enjoy life. Do not live in fear.