August 15, 2020

Animals and People Are Getting Fatter

I would guess that a certain percentage of fat people are fat because they are poor eaters, lazy and probably lack any actual willpower to do much of anything about maintaining some sense of good eating habits, blah, blah, blah. As much as all of us try to blame social decay for being fat, how does one explain recent findings that as people get fatter, so do animals; and not just the animals people have chosen to get fat as their pets in order to be just like them? Wild animals are getting fatter too.

An article in Aeon Magazine, attempts to explain what’s going on but really hates to get away from blaming it all on social events.

Consider, for example, this troublesome fact, reported in 2010 by the biostatistician David B Allison and his co-authors at the University of Alabama in Birmingham: over the past 20 years or more, as the American people were getting fatter, so were America’s marmosets. As were laboratory macaques, chimpanzees, vervet monkeys and mice, as well as domestic dogs, domestic cats, and domestic and feral rats from both rural and urban areas. In fact, the researchers examined records on those eight species and found that average weight for every one had increased. The marmosets gained an average of nine per cent per decade. Lab mice gained about 11 per cent per decade. Chimps, for some reason, are doing especially badly: their average body weight had risen 35 per cent per decade. Allison, who had been hearing about an unexplained rise in the average weight of lab animals, was nonetheless surprised by the consistency across so many species. ‘Virtually in every population of animals we looked at, that met our criteria, there was the same upward trend,’ he told me.

It isn’t hard to imagine that people who are eating more themselves are giving more to their spoiled pets, or leaving sweeter, fattier garbage for street cats and rodents. But such results don’t explain why the weight gain is also occurring in species that human beings don’t pamper, such as animals in labs, whose diets are strictly controlled. In fact, lab animals’ lives are so precisely watched and measured that the researchers can rule out accidental human influence: records show those creatures gained weight over decades without any significant change in their diet or activities. Obviously, if animals are getting heavier along with us, it can’t just be that they’re eating more Snickers bars and driving to work most days. On the contrary, the trend suggests some widely shared cause, beyond the control of individuals, which is contributing to obesity across many species. (emboldening added)

For those following any of this issue, know that it has been officially determined (many of us have known this for decades) that chemicals in our food supplies as well as those that we ingest willingly and/or unwillingly, alter and render useless any formulas being used to determine caloric intake. The chemicals so change the process of how food is digested and nutrients absorbed into our systems that mere calorie counting is a waste of time.

These chemicals are prevalent everywhere, i.e. in our crops, food, our lawns and gardens, garbage, etc., and what gets sprayed on us from above with the chemical spraying the United States Government does, animals in the wild cannot escape being subjected to the same abuse by chemicals us humans are. Is this not the “widely shared cause” mentioned above as to why both humans and animals are getting fatter? And isn’t this being done by design? Isn’t it?

If Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg really wanted people to not be fat anymore, wouldn’t they be looking at eliminating the chemicals we are forced to eat? Oh wait. Maybe that’s not what they have in mind.