Planet Obesity: How We're Eating Ourselves and the Planet to Death

Planet Obesity: How We're Eating Ourselves and the Planet to Death

Planet Obesity: How We're Eating Ourselves and the Planet to Death

Planet Obesity: How We're Eating Ourselves and the Planet to Death

Synopsis

How affluence and the development of new technologies has come at a potentially devastating, cost-an epidemic of obesity and a world clogged by waste Arguing that obesity is not a disease but a signal, two professors who have been at the forefront of health obesity study for over three decades explain why obesity is the canary in the coalmine, which should alert us to bigger structural problems in society. They explain that though economic growth has over centuries led to a steadily improving standard of living, better levels of health, and ever increasing life spans, it is due to this very affluence that both our bodies and the planet have gone into a downward spiral, manifested by an epidemic of obesity in humans, and a world clogged by greenhouse gasses and waste. This book busts common myths about obesity-that it's a function of sloth and gluttony, that it's always unhealthy, and that it's purely an individual problem. The authors show how it's the relentless drive by governments for more of everything that is causing people to become fat and unhealthy, and significantly harming the environment. They suggest a fundamental change in thinking is needed for how we treat our bodies, how we manage an outdated economic system, and how both these things affect our planet.

Excerpt

‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more com
plex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a
lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction’

Albert einstein

We have a friend who drinks one 350 ml glass of home brew, one 200 ml glass of wine and one 50 ml shot of Scotch a night. Not a millilitre more; not a millilitre less. He always does this after 6 p.m. and before 9 p.m. Ask him why and he’ll tell you that it’s taken him twenty years, but he now knows that this mix, in those amounts, at that time, enables him to hit his sweet spot every night. Any more and he gets tired and irritable; any less and he doesn’t as effectively reduce his workday stress.

In the wider world, the Roman Empire existed for around 800 years, much of which was spent on the rise, and much, as has been famously written, in fall. It’s debatable at just which . . .

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