Covid 19 Partner – Obesity.

Or is this death for profit? The problem is that the food industry wants you to eat more. And more. Obesity is profitable for the food industry, especially the junk food industry.

Why is this virus so deadly for some people?

The World is Sick. THE WORLD IS FAT!

Why are we intentionally staying silent about it?

Political correctness stands in the way. Are we afraid that the PC police will shame us if we start discussions about the huge toll that the obesity epidemic exerts on our country’s health care system?

Or is this death for profit? The problem is that the food industry wants you to eat more. And more. Obesity is profitable for the food industry, especially the junk food industry.

And drug companies are happy. Drug companies make money!. More drugs to sell! What are the ads you see most often on TV?

Vicious circle. Food – people get sick – drugs to “treat” people – ads how to lose weight – plus size clothing.

And then the politically correct crowd telling you that it’s OK! That you should “love yourself the way you are” And if somebody suggests to you that you need to lose weight to get healthy it is “aggression”! They hurt your feelings.

So the result is a country with a sick population, out of control health (sickness) care, rampant depression, along with an opioid epidemic. And now COVID 19 that kills people with compromised immune systems.

And then here is our consumption based economy.

Buy, buy, buy more to “help the economy”.

The economy that is slowly killing us! Sad statistics

The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness is a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs.

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1NHXL_enUS712US712&sxsrf=ALeKk001DXBbAifioUgon-QzJs6YmkMTUw%3A1592958559783&ei=X57yXuyZL5SqtQbbirbgDg&q=obesity+and+health+care+expenses+in+us&oq=obesity+and+health+care+expenses+in+us&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzIFCCEQoAEyBQghEKsCMgUIIRCrAjoGCAAQFhAeOggIABAWEAoQHlD9Gli2LWDCMGgAcAB4AIABmAGIAeIEkgEDNC4ymAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwisxeOImZnqAhUUVc0KHVuFDewQ4dUDCAw&uact=5

Key facts

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019.
  • Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Obesity is preventable.

Obesity is a lot more deadly than previously thought. Across recent decades, obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among black and white Americans between the ages of 40 and 85, according to scientists. This finding challenges the prevailing wisdom among scientists, which puts that portion at around 5%.

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/obesity-kills-more-americans-previously-thought

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/29/462838153/food-ads-make-us-eat-more-and-should-be-regulated

So is this natural selection in action? Evolution works through crisis. The weak dying for the benefit of the human race?

How Trump Enabled China to Dominate the World.

“President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and a transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated the disintegration of world order, further imperiling cooperative efforts.”

I was watching a PBS special about China and its ambitions, and about its growing influence in the world. It had plenty of criticism of China and its domestic and foreign policies. But it did not have a word about the disastrous isolationist policies of the Trump administration that are enabling China to succeed. The US gave up its leadership in the world and just stepped aside, practically inviting China to take over.

“President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and a transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated the disintegration of world order, further imperiling cooperative efforts.”

https://www.cfr.org/blog/corrosion-world-order-age-donald-trump

TPP agreement

Asian countries distrust China and wanted this agreement as a way to contain China’s aggressive behaviour.

“TPP afforded clear economic advantages and a template for containing China and addressing its flouting of international trade rules said co-lead author Ian Sheldon, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.

“As the Trump administration retreats from the region by ending US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, China’s Communist leaders are ramping up their globalization efforts and championing the virtues of free trade. In an address last week to the World Economic Forum at Davos, China’s President Xi Jinping likened protectionism to “locking oneself in a dark room” and signaled that China would look to negotiate regional trade deals. “

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2064927/why-trumps-withdrawal-tpp-boon-china

Alienating European allies

“Another interesting insight of the article is that in addition to the negative economic consequences of pulling out of TPP, the U.S. has also alienated key allies through application of tariffs on steel imports from the European Union, Japan and Canada, undermining any multilateral pressure being placed on China.” https://aede.osu.edu/news/us-withdrawal-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-hurts-us-benefits-china

Quitting the Paris agreement

The US clearly gave up leadership to China.

When the news hit the wires, they popped champagne corks in Beijing.

That’s because China is legitimately interested in leading the world in the deployment of and investment in renewable energy. The People’s Republic is currently the world’s largest producer of wind and solar energy and the largest investor in green energy projects. Five of the world’s six largest solar manufacturing companies can be found in China, as well as the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Failed N. Korean policies.

Trump boasts about his friendship with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But Kim was playing Trump like a fiddle and its acceleration of nuclear arms production while China’s influence there is growing.

The Trump zero sum approach to life.

Global cooperation, working with allies for common goal, and win-win policies are foreign to Trump

All his life he has never trusted anybody, has never had friends, and has never had any mutually beneficial cooperation.

His only principle in life was and still is “winning” Winning at all costs. A zero sum game where if there is a winner – there should be a loser.

And this is his foreign policy, if you can call it a policy. Trump is incapable of working on long term goals. He is driven by impulses.

Now more about China –

The Chinese are not eager to fight. They use a soft approach and soft power.

Money, diplomacy, intimidation. And China has been very successful. In part thanks to Trump’s ineptitude.

China is a de facto superpower and is still one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

It has ambitious and aggressive expansion plans spreading throughout the globe.

It is fast becoming a leader in technology and in green energy.

It’s influence is visible on all continents. The problem of course is China’s totalitarian Communist regime that has created a dystopian and centrally controlled society by using advanced surveillance technology.

And by “helping” other countries with new technology China is trying to collect sensitive technological and political information.

But China is doing what most of communist totalitarian regimes have always been doing. The United States on the other hand failed to keep up its leadership, and has failed to organize and unite world democracies to stop China. And Trump and his administration are solely responsible.