Jdsk wrote:Billy007 wrote:Just want to point out type 2 diabetes is a result of poor lifestyle and nutrition choices, eating far too much sugar.
In public health terms eating too much, being too heavy, and not taking enough exercise are exactly the right targets for decreasing the number of people with type 2 DM and the harm that results.
Although there are many other causes and risk factors this is the big one to go for in the UK at the moment.
So it looks like we are all agreed on that then!
My question then is, Why? Why should someone not exercise when it is obvious that it will affect their health? And why should anyone choose sugar and carbs over vegetables?
Apart from all the usual answers to these questions, I just wanted to add my tuppence ha'penny worth. One answer is that technology has created a labour-saving world, the principal component of which is the motor car. The second answer is the development of supermarkets and the way that food choices are presented by them.
Although these of course have been identified already, my take on them was to reject the car for personal transport and never go into a supermarket (apart from recycling my plastic bags, I haven't been in one for decades and drive now just a couple of hundred miles per year).
The point I want to make though is that I found it incredibly hard to do both, not because I was personally disinclined but because it meant running against the grain of society. Obesity seems to be built in to our way of life, it is structurally embedded.
Obviously you can shop sensibly and still get exercise even if you use a car; but it has to be a much more conscious choice and one that takes a degree of effort. And when you do make that effort, you find often that society has set things up in a way that might discourage you from the start.