So this lovely article I found talks about politics of obesity. While it's direction is good (politics and obesity in the same paragraph, let alone same title/sentence) the knowledge only scratches the surface. Yes the lack of exercise because of cars and convenience combined with a constantly "hungry" attitude does attribute to weight gain, it is not the reason nor cause of obesity and gaining popularity Morbid Obesity.
The fact that free glutamic acid and all of it's wonderful degenerative health effects are so deceptively and artistically blended into nearly 90% of the food supply in the US is the underlying reason and cause of obesity.
This underlying fact is one that the article completely failed to cover or even briefly hint at. The article was however on the right track in stating politics may be to blame for obesity (which if you're educated on the hidden facts you know better). The politics exist in the FDA working so closely with the Glutamate industry (and Pharmaceutical companies for the same subject, but more so for Marijuana subject) to keep the facts about the excitotoxin hidden and keeping consumers in the dark and confused on what exactly is in their food (cite: your local grocer. e.g. the numerous names of MSG, Processed Free Glutamic Acid, ingredients and processes contanting/or creating them).
The Politics: IF the FDA bans free glutamic acid/MSG or makes public the harmful effects as an official statement; consumer interest would drop if not disappear in products and companies that use the excitotoxin; health risks would drop and the "need" for numerous hospitals and ER rooms would drop leaving thousands of doctors out of work, health insurance would be viewed as a luxury and not necessity, so insurance companies would loose millions; the "need" for mystery magic pills from pharmaceutical companies to treat symptoms but never cure the illness ("treat but never cure") would drastically drop so the drug companies would loose their "faithful customers".
In short, there's too much money to be made on sickness so.... In preventing this giant cycle of money crashing for the betterment of the people's health the masses are kept ignorant, the rich are kept rich, the poor kept poor and the sick are kept.... well sick or dead either way they get money right?! =D
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