Not only is obesity a serious disease, but it is a gateway disease to many other diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. As the epidemic of obesity continues to surge globally, scientists struggle to accurately diagnose why and identify what obesity really is. We know that excessive eating of poor quality junk, processed, and fast food high in red meat, fried oil/fat (especially saturated & hydrogenated), and sugar (added) — the typical American/Western diet — along with a more sedentary lifestyle are all main culprits. The mentality that, as an American, I am free to live however I want and eat whatever I want whenever I want, without any real consequences, only further exacerbates the disease of obesity.
It would be one thing if the current American health care system, including societal/cultural diet, exercise, and lifestyle norms, was set up proactively to truly accommodate and support such wishful thinking and being regarding the disease of obesity, no less. But it is not. Instead, outdated, misguided ideas and information complemented by unacceptable arrogance, stubbornness, and/or greed across both mainstream science and American politics, in general, continue to perpetuate fanciful thinking and being coupled with reactive response. Because all that really matters is profits. And when profits are all that really matter, health and health care suffer and are likely doomed.
Why Is the Disease of Cancer Taken So Seriously, but the Disease of Obesity is not?
If the average person were diagnosed with cancer, would they casually brush it off and say, “Oh well, I guess I will work on that when I have time.” As if it is not that big a deal because the disease of cancer, as the disease of obesity, is so common, hence, it must be ok. Right?
But that is not how the average person reacts to a cancer diagnosis. Why? Because cancer is a very serious disease that requires immediate attention to remedy.
Yet, as clear and alarming as the scientific data is relative to the serious disease of obesity, it is not only becoming more common, but it is becoming more culturally accepted as well. This would not be a problem if the current health care system was set up to tax poor quality fast, junk, and processed food, no less, but really any food and drink (anything consumed) that damages the human body and health. But it is not. In fact, the current American health care system does not really care about diet, exercise, and lifestyle, outside of smoking cigarettes and basic BMI, which are viable variables, but by no means the whole story. And its reactive responsive nature is inferior to proactiveness.
Wrangling Diseases Like Obesity & Cancer
Why am I paying the same health care premium (no less) as someone who does not truly care about their diet, exercise, and lifestyle? I am choosing to live a healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise, which means choosing to pay more for healthy food to maintain my health, no less. And, thus, I am actually being responsible and healthy while keeping my own health care and medical costs to a bare minimum. All the while, a person my same approximate age who is obese and doing nothing about it pays the same relative premium and medical prices as me?
Why does my healthcare insurance premium not go down and why do medical prices not genuinely reflect my healthy choices and being healthy as a whole?
Health care does not have to be so complicated. The idea of insurance is to have a centralized pool fund from which to pull money to cover the whole. But such a system is only fair, it only really works if there are consequences to choices and actions. Right now, there are no consequences as fast, processed, and junk food companies pay no tax relative to how healthy or unhealthy their food products and services are. These companies spend millions upon billions of dollars lobbying in the political realm to make sure their profits are not damaged and they are not held accountable for their unhealthy products and services.
Sustainable Health & Healthcare
Sustainable health care is built by taxing the foods, drinks, products, and services people consume daily that damage human health. People can still be free to choose/live their life as they want. They can eat whatever food they want, exercise or not, and live whatever lifestyle they want. Yet, they are immediately paying for their choices and actions in terms of “health insurance” relative to the ‘sin tax’ on food, drink, and other products and services they buy/purchase in their day-to-day life.
You want to buy and consume unhealthy fast, junk, and/or processed food. Fine. Pay the health care consumption tax at the same time you pay for the unhealthy food/drink/product/service. That tax money then goes into the centralized healthcare insurance pool fund. The healthier and more sustainable the product and/or service, the less tax you pay (no tax would mean it is a truly sustainable, super healthy product and/or service).
Overhaul the System – Health & Sustainability Now and Into the Future
Of course, our cultural systems, including the taxation system as a whole will have to be greatly modified and evolve. Make government at the local, state, & federal levels actually have to function off a real budget — like the average person and business does, no less — a budget that is supported by a flat-tax income tax capped at no more than 10%. Most other tax revenues likely will come from consumption.
Pay a direct sin tax/luxury tax/consumption tax for what you buy in your daily life relative to sustainability and health (legal weed in Colorado is the perfect example of how well this can work; local and state taxes can reach roughly 25% tax per cash sale and initial research indicates prices are still well below black market prices for similar unregulated product). As a result of increased tax revenues, no less, healthcare becomes affordable and accessible to all.
Do not want to pay that tax? Then do not buy unhealthy products and/or services that ruin your health/body! And most certainly, do not expect me and other healthy people to pay your health care premium and health care/medical bills relative to the disease of obesity and all the diseases it encourages like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, no less, just so you can continue to “be free” and live an unhealthy life as you want. All freedom comes with responsibility and consequences.
The Science Behind Body Type Shape & the Disease of Obesity
If the disease of obesity really is just about daily calorie intake versus daily calorie burn, as mainstream science claims, then all any human being has to do to look like a Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) with all muscles and muscles mass fully developed, no less, is reduce daily calorie intake and increase daily calories burn.
However, stories abound about people who put in the work and lose the weight. But when they get to their medically safe and accepted BMI weight range, even at the lower end of their range, they do not experience a Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) with muscle/muscle mass fully developed. They experience skinny fat, cellulite and even saggy/loose skin where there should be muscle/muscle mass. It would be one thing if this only happened in older people, as we know that as the body ages muscle degrades. But skinny fat, cellulite, and loose/saggy skin happen in young people as well.
Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1)
If mainstream science is correct, and all human beings are born in a Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1), with the rare exceptions of genetic unbalance and the like, then how does mainstream science explain skinny fat, cellulite, and loose/saggy skin in young people, at the very least? It cannot explain it. The Four Body Types does explain it.
As an original Body Type Four (BT4), I have worked my ass off 36 of my 46 years in this lifetime to truly comprehend and overcome the disease of obesity. I made a conscious choice in my early 20’s to stop eating junk, processed, and fast food, no less. As my knowledge and understanding have grown as the years have passed, I have learned to greatly improve my diet, exercise, and lifestyle routines to truly achieve real health.
This includes improving my body’s:
- muscle/muscle mass (resting and active metabolism)
- posture (vertebrae/spinal extension),
- immunity (enteric brain/gut feeling/positive gut bacteria)
Which in turn strengthens my ability to hold the energy (soul energy, star power, and IT factor).
Choosing to Live Healthy to Overcome the Disease of Obesity – Body Type, Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle
I choose to eat and live healthily. That means willfully wanting to invest in spending more money on healthy food. It means consciously embracing my daily energy investment doing healthy cardio (walking/hiking, no less) and resistance (weightlifting, calisthenics, isometrics) exercising. I take pride in my awareness to devote myself to a healthy lifestyle overall. And those investments/choices have greatly paid off.
The return on my investment has been well worthwhile as I have achieved to a Body Type Two (BT2) over the past 20 years. I am still working on building muscle as I reduce skinny fat and cellulite. Although, the amount of muscle I have added to my body over the last 20 years has increased my resting metabolism significantly. Which does help keep the remaining skinny fat and cellulite in check. All that being said, the fact is, my human body has NEVER looked liked mainstream science’s Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1). Why? Because body type matters. Learn more about The Four Body Types.