Man, John, we could be exact twins (except your a bit slimmer than I am, at the moment).
Re Obesity, we had that conversation in my house last week. Wife and I agreed it really began to change in the '80s with fast food, super-size, and soda; plus so many people used to have physical jobs (farming, etc.); plus the change to a sedentary lifestyle. In the '60s and '70s of my childhood, we boys would gather whenever not in school to play hide-n-seek, baseball, football, swimming, etc. I can count on my hand the number of times I've seen boys in a neighborhood playing football (twice in 30 years).
I'd seen that report and others previously. Vaping and obesity were suggested as possible reasons.
ER nurse in the thick of it was interviewed on 60 minutes last Sunday and when asked for risk factors she said 60% were males and obesity seems to be the highest risk factor for death. Whilst I can't change my age or gender (although I heard that is not a hard and fast rule these days)I do qualify as "overweight" but I'm a bit shy of obese. I'm 60 years old, never smoked, 6,1' and 220lbs and can run a few miles so I'm hoping a lifetime of exercise and half of a lifetime of clean living will be on my side. Battled weight my whole life and for the most part am winning but the last 10 years it seems a lot of people have gotten heavier so I look god in comparison. Not sure where this obesity epidemic started (fast food, TV, video games,people don't walk anymore, sedentary jobs, all of the above?)but it is here and if it is a risk factor lots of folks are in trouble. Too early for silver linings but maybe people will enjoy getting outside after being locked up with each other for so long.
A simple reason may also be the amount of fructose consumed as in (HFCS) high fructose corn syrup. The body metabolizes it differently than glucose even though the chemical formula is the same. Look it up. Also, the modern HFCS is now 80% fructose and 20% glucose.
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I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child