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Growing band of obesity deniers claim that being obese isn't bad for your health

Sunday, July 25, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: obesity, obesity deniers, bad science

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One thing I love about this world is the diversity of opinions. After all, if we all agreed on everything, the world would be unbearably boring. Every once in a while, however, I come across opinions and beliefs that strike me as bizarre, and the latest is the growing belief by a band of people I call "obesity deniers" who are flat-out stating that obesity isn't bad for your health.

All the research linking obesity to diabetes, heart disease, early death and other disorders is just plain wrong, say these deniers. Apparently, somebody just made it all up. There's no proof that obesity is bad for your health, they say. Our "obession" with obesity is even being called "cultural hysteria."

When I first heard this, I immediately thought maybe these people were retreads from the Flat Earth Society -- a group that maintains the Earth is flat. But, no, these are everyday people. And what do they have in common? They're obese. That's right: the people who say there's nothing to obesity are turning out to be obese themselves. And they're tired of being blamed for their own medical problems, it seems. They'd much rather believe that their diabetes is just caused by chance. Their heart disease is just their "bad genes." Their shortness of breath is just a "lung deficiency." Their long list of medical symptoms has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they avoid physical exercise, consume large quantities of processed foods and soft drinks, and neglect to take healthy nutritional supplements, it seems.

And herein lies the answer to why the obesity deniers are so adamant about their position: they don't want to think they're responsible for their health condition. It's much easier to blame something else or deny there's a problem at all. It's quite difficult, on the other hand, to face your problem, accept responsibility for it, and starting making lifestyle changes that will produce a more positive outcome.

Look, I was once overweight. I know what it's like. I've been there. And then one day I looked in the mirror and told myself I would stop making excuses and start taking control of my body and my health. From that day on, things improved rapidly. But these obesity deniers haven't had that day yet. They're still in the denial stage, unwilling to have the courage to admit it is their own actions that made them obese in the first place, and unwilling to step up to the plate and do anything about it.

Basically, obesity deniers want to eat all the healthy foods they desire and avoid exercise while asking you and me to subsidize their sky-high long term health care costs. They want us to pay for their medical bills even though they could have prevented those problems by being responsible consumers in the first place.

Look, there's nothing wrong with waking up one day and realizing you're obese. The difference between the winners and losers in the world is that the winners take responsibility for their obesity and do something about it. Losers, on the other hand, blame everything else and want other people to fix their problems. Your current body weight does not make you a winner or loser: it's your level of personal responsibility and awareness of your control over your state of health that makes this determination. You could be the heaviest person on the block, but if you've taken even one step towards improving your diet and engaging in regular physical exercise, then you're a winner in my book!

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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