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David Frum On The Root Causes of Obesity: "Society Really is to Blame"

David Frum On The Root Causes of Obesity: "Society Really is to Blame"

David Frum makes a lot of people crazy. Republicans consider him an apostate, and I can't repeat the words my very left wing son says every time I do a post on him. But many Republicans today criticize Michelle Obama for her work on diet and obesity, think smart growth is a socialist plot to get Americans out of their cars, and most importantly, consider obesity to be a matter of personal choice or lack of ambition. Frum suggests otherwise in CNN: If you as an individual want to change your weight, you must change your whole life. Likewise, to reduce obesity in modern society, we will have to alter the way society is organized. Weight gain is driven by two trends: increases in calories consumed and decrease in calories expended. Modern America induces both.... While Americans expend fewer calories at work, they spend more time in cars -- almost twice as much as in the 1970...

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