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Old February 25th, 2017, 01:24 AM   #31

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That was the reason obesity used to be equated with wealth in certain cultures, like in the Philippines.
Ironically, in North America, obesity is more prevalent among the people with lower socio-economic status, and this has been reported repetitively on different sources of news.
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Old February 25th, 2017, 01:34 PM   #32

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Ironically, in North America, obesity is more prevalent among the people with lower socio-economic status, and this has been reported repetitively on different sources of news.
Generally true today, but not in the past. When food was a scarcity, the well to do were plumper. In today's world, processed and fast food is generally eaten by those with less money. Thus, they tend to be more obese.
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I got this from a physical therapy book called Born to Walk:Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement by James Earl but basically there is a point that as a species human beings are GENERALISTS.

We optimize brain power and do whatever we can to maximize EFFICIENCY. The author partly explains that it is for this reason that we are bipedal beings. Being bipedal has allowed us to be able to cook food, for example. By doing so we are able to derive more calories and nutrition per unit of food.

My point?

We're constantly trying to do things more efficiently. Its in our nature. More and more, our survival has become intellectually focused as the complexity of our civilization increases. The body is the vessel that the mind acts through but since survival now requires comparatively less overall execution by the entire body as it did say, even 100-150 years ago, we wither physically.

However, we're slowly finding out how maintain a certain level of baseline fitness is necessary for optimal brain function. Dropping below that creates "brain fog" or poor execution by the brain (less focus).

Regardless, the BEST minds of today and the best leaders still do a baseline level of exercise, to still manage the efficiency of the brain. So you could say, the majority are becoming couch potatoes, but the ones that care to make an impact in their lives are respecting the maintenance of a baseline level of fitness.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 07:51 AM   #34

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We are often labelled as wimpy and sedentary in comparison with our ancestors, and is this valid at all?
Many of us hold sedentary jobs, and our daily activities are much less strenuous than our ancestors.
For example, the introduction of washing machines and dryers both save physical works and energies.
Many of us are apartment dwellers who do not worry about backyard issues.
Are we really a group of couch potatoes?
From what I can gather, archaic homo sapien skeletons, that is from their emergence as 'anatomically correct modern humans', are generally more robust than today, which could indicate that mother nature prepared each new unit for a more demanding physical life than it does today.

But for me, your question touches on an area of science that is trying to answer a similar question. Are humans, for the first time, being physically changed by culture, rather than the natural environment.

I wish I could remember the fellas name, but an American anthropologist has been studying the population of small towns and changes over decades rather than millenia. Peer review of his papers has been very positive and pricked others ears up.

For the places he studied (in the U.S.) and apologies for the brevity, his team has concluded we are getting shorter and fatter. And the cause appears to be cultural.
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Found this editorial: Video game trap: Some young men are too busy playing to work | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Rather address the "how" this is happening, perhaps we should address the more difficult question, why? I have posted before that young men in America are the new group to be ignored. I am not being a chauvinist , just honest. I have seen it with my own. In an effort to overcompensate for years of girls being undervalued, and to make them more self confident, schools and the entertainment media have over emphasized their worthiness, at the expense of boys. Today, many young men are forgotten in school. Fewer young men attend college than young women and now many don't want to work. It seems these young men lack hope, which translates to little motivation.
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Found this editorial: Video game trap: Some young men are too busy playing to work | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Rather address the "how" this is happening, perhaps we should address the more difficult question, why? I have posted before that young men in America are the new group to be ignored. I am not being a chauvinist , just honest. I have seen it with my own. In an effort to overcompensate for years of girls being undervalued, and to make them more self confident, schools and the entertainment media have over emphasized their worthiness, at the expense of boys. Today, many young men are forgotten in school. Fewer young men attend college than young women and now many don't want to work. It seems these young men lack hope, which translates to little motivation.
Maybe it's just that video games are more fun and interesting than work. They're kind of optimized to be that way.
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Found this editorial: Video game trap: Some young men are too busy playing to work | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Rather address the "how" this is happening, perhaps we should address the more difficult question, why? I have posted before that young men in America are the new group to be ignored. I am not being a chauvinist , just honest. I have seen it with my own. In an effort to overcompensate for years of girls being undervalued, and to make them more self confident, schools and the entertainment media have over emphasized their worthiness, at the expense of boys. Today, many young men are forgotten in school. Fewer young men attend college than young women and now many don't want to work. It seems these young men lack hope, which translates to little motivation.
Men usually have longer youth than women; one reason is that men have the potential to breed for life and women must face menopause.
With the perspective of frozen eggs, women today have more choices.
As for games, I was almost an addict during my teen and early adulthood; now I don't spend a minute on them.
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Men usually have longer youth than women; one reason is that men have the potential to breed for life and women must face menopause.
With the perspective of frozen eggs, women today have more choices.
As for games, I was almost an addict during my teen and early adulthood; now I don't spend a minute on them.
They may be more fun, but that won't help a man when he has to be responsible for himself, let alone a family. One can only live at home so long. As VHS posts, maybe it is a passing fad for many. Maybe there is hope for some.
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Well life for much of history has been physically harder. Though it balances out.

Humans today ARE wimps compared to past eras. However, we have better medicine, and whilst past peoples were physcially stronger, they didn't necessarily eat better. They ate more natural foods that were not processed (unlike us), but they also suffered from nutrition deficiencies, and didn't really know what the healthy food varieties were. Medieval peasants often had calcium deficiencies, whilst nobles and kings suffered from obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes. Peasants ate largely vegetables, supplemented with eggs and poultry, whilst nobles/kings ate meat largely, since meat was considered a "stronger" and "fortified" food. It's why even today we look down on veggies as inferior, when we know that vegetables are not as bad for us as meat.

So in raw graft and physical power, yes, they have one over us. In terms of bodily health, it's a tie. We also have to deal with pollutants, and in some areas nuclear radiation, soil contamination and chemicals.
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Well life for much of history has been physically harder. Though it balances out.

Humans today ARE wimps compared to past eras. However, we have better medicine, and whilst past peoples were physcially stronger, they didn't necessarily eat better. They ate more natural foods that were not processed (unlike us), but they also suffered from nutrition deficiencies, and didn't really know what the healthy food varieties were. Medieval peasants often had calcium deficiencies, whilst nobles and kings suffered from obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes. Peasants ate largely vegetables, supplemented with eggs and poultry, whilst nobles/kings ate meat largely, since meat was considered a "stronger" and "fortified" food. It's why even today we look down on veggies as inferior, when we know that vegetables are not as bad for us as meat.

So in raw graft and physical power, yes, they have one over us. In terms of bodily health, it's a tie. We also have to deal with pollutants, and in some areas nuclear radiation, soil contamination and chemicals.
We mostly lead sedentary lifestyle today; most of us need exercises because our jobs are no longer physically demanding.
No matter how we train, we will not have 100,000 horsepower; let's leave this to robots.
Quite contrary to the past, the poor in North America has higher rate of obesity; eating balanced, nutritious meals are harder than consuming empty calories.
I refuse to be a brackish water fish, which is 汽水鱼 in Chinese, and it can be translated as pop drink fish.
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