A Single Image to Explain the Entire Obesity Epidemic

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What you’re up against.

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  1. ladysadie1 on October 13, 2012 at 11:04

    …and Monsanto, ADM, Bayer.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 13, 2012 at 11:53

      Not sure about Bayer, but of course Monsanto and ADM products probably make up the bulk of most of those end consumer products.

  2. ladysadie1 on October 13, 2012 at 11:59

    Bayer Crop “Science” is a major player in GM foods, oh, and I forgot, DuPont, too. I don’t know all the entanglements, but these companies…Yeesh! we can grow more and better foods individually without *big anything* intervention!

  3. Mike on October 13, 2012 at 12:57

    Looks like my stock porrfolio

  4. EF on October 13, 2012 at 12:57

    I just saw Paleo Magazine in the check out lane at Whole Foods. I almost puked.

    • Liz on October 13, 2012 at 14:37

      Was it next to one of those Eat Cake, Lose Weight! readers’ digest cookbooks? :)

      • EF on October 14, 2012 at 10:50

        No— but of course there was a “paleo” muffin highlighted on the cover.

  5. Greg Swann on October 13, 2012 at 13:24

    “Epidemic” implies involuntary victims of a contagion. The man-made mountains one sees waddling (or scootering) around are all volunteers. This weblog is a proud testament to the power of the human will over the temptations of gluttony and sloth. I’m not excusing the predations of the rent-seeking corporations whose logos are seen in the illustration, but their products sit on the shelves until meaty fingers grasp them and take them home. The owners of those fingers can choose differently, as your own good example proves.

  6. EF on October 13, 2012 at 14:32

    Paleo bars from Nestle in less than 18 months –mark my words.

    • AlexaProwler on October 13, 2012 at 18:06

      EF, I have marked your words. My money says you’re fucking right.

      BTW, big companies are NOT evil. The useless cunts that buy their fucking bullshit are evil. It’s lazy, credulous consumers that allow these fuckers to sell the shit they sell.

      • Contemplationist on October 13, 2012 at 20:36

        Demand is king but it’s also somewhat influenceable. Supply is influenceable by political/bureaucratic forces. If both demand and supply is influenced by the decades old low-fat, healthywholegrains, anti-saturated fat propaganda, the results are the above.

    • Margaretrc on October 14, 2012 at 09:45

      “Paleo bars” Now there’s an oxymoron if I ever saw one! But I don’t disagree. The food industry will always try to jump on any bandwagon that comes along. And when I see Paleo bars from Nestle (or whatever), I’ll know that the Paleo diet has at least arrived!
      Love this graphic. Going to post on FB, if that’s okay with you, Richard.

      • Richard Nikoley on October 14, 2012 at 09:46

        Post it anywhere. I don’t even know who originated it. I saw it linked to in a comment on a blog, somewhere.

      • Margaretrc on October 14, 2012 at 10:39


      • Typeonepointfive on October 17, 2012 at 09:33

        The graphic was used so presume originates in the journal of the world Public Health Association as part of an article ‘what drives obesity?
        .”A jungle of transnational corporations and of their brands. Missing are the agribusiness, burger and booze conglomerates, who also call policy shots”

  7. Howard Seitz on October 14, 2012 at 06:49

    The government corn/wheat/soybean subsidies should be at the center of the whole chart, no?

  8. Cow on October 14, 2012 at 11:25

    Is like periodic table of fat assery.

    It only to get worse, though. Selling drug to human is great way to make monies, whether psycho-active is porn, food, or killer atomic bud from Peru.

    • rob on October 14, 2012 at 15:03

      Is only get worse! Many say Is you say fat people lazy, no no you keep carb in recommended intake you never have walk again, you be beautiful and you never have walk!

      They only fat potato, take away potato they never be fat, never walk, they like a sculpture, I have picture!

      They beautiful, women have huge breast.

    • marie on October 14, 2012 at 16:52

      Cow, selling drug to human, yes, and even super-drug, GMO :
      and Sacrilege, Cow genes into pigs !

      • Cow on October 14, 2012 at 17:54

        Yes, the womens has huge breast, and also the chickens, because human has make they own chickens! And now these chickens coming home to roost, only they no even make it home, because human has tore off they legs and deep fried them, you see?

        Is clearly coming the dark ages of human, but no worries for them, because only in darkness shall human see light; only when all they feets rot off from Type II Diabetes, shall they truly dance.

  9. neal matheson on October 14, 2012 at 22:59

    Yup these corporations aren’t evil they only influence research buy politicians and journalists and advertise choclate frosted cereals to children, then produce healthy alternatives which contain just a much sugar and other shit. If anyone wonders why nutrition is so confusion it is because of deliberate confusing of the issue by special interests including corporate interests.

    • Paul on October 15, 2012 at 00:02


      Getting real bored with the wackos who impute virtue by definition to corporations and corruption to individuals.

      • marie on October 15, 2012 at 16:43

        Paul, nor does the irony hit them because I guess they haven’t heard that by the supreme court, corporations are people too….
        Corporations don’t have 0 accountability by government rules, or anything like that. Nope, it’s perfectly valid to cry ‘caveat emptor’ to the willfully, massively, overwhelmingly misled consumer and blame the victims. It’s easier that way.

  10. David Evans on October 15, 2012 at 02:07

    Richard, to me the most vital information in free the animal is – that voting in a democracy and thinking you have influence by that act of voting is an illusion.

    The companies in the graphic influence the way 99% of the population people eat, live and think without them even knowing it. No matter who we vote for in an election these companies will continue to shape the way 99% of people eat, live and think.

    99% of the population are willing to be told what to eat, live and think. They don’t want to think for themselves. That is why they eat industrial commodities instead of food and why they are persuaded to take pharmaceutical drugs when they have no illness. That is why they believe in empty promises made by politicians.

    Don’t watch the news, don’t tune into political debate on the radio and don’t ever watch adverts on the TV. Eat real food, live a life that you want to lead and most importantly think for yourself.

    Empty your head of everything and start afresh. Think for yourself.

    Trade in your 1/70,000,000 or 1/300,000,000 or whatever it is share of influence and instead just concentrate on how you eat, live and think, without the “wisdom” of listening to corporate puppets, (politicians, media personalities etc).

    Think for yourself.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 15, 2012 at 07:27

      Word, David.

    • marie on October 15, 2012 at 17:06

      David, love your approach overall, must applaud!
      Except, maybe reconsider the mind-reading bit? Who says the 99% don’t want to think for themselves? Many actually think they Are thinking for themselves, they go to multiple sources for their information, they try to choose ‘reputable’ sources that base themselves on data, and so on.
      You think you’re doing the same thing.
      The difference being, you hit a wall early and your thinking has since produced good results, so you can reasonably claim to be on the right track. Others will take longer and become slowly damaged along the way so that by the time they normally might say “whoah! my assumptions must be wrong” instead they think they didn’t apply the information correctly, it’s their fault, they’re not strong enough, smart enough ….obedient enough?
      The brainwashing starts at birth and it will have a broad range of success on everyone, most human traits seems to full on a distribution curve.
      So you and I are fairly lucky to be on one end of that spectrum, the less susceptible end.
      Most people simply aren’t, statistics being what they are. They didn’t choose it. There is a massive, powerful array stacked against them and they do Try to figure out what is best, they don’t just listen to their doctor or the surgeon general.
      But just what chance do many people have, stacking their (unaware) brainwashing and their sub-standard educations against not just their doctor and the surgeon general, but the AMA, every major clinic and hospital, every major journal editorial, the government agencies, the nutritionists, the Conflicting science articles, the massive advertising by corporations, the massive lobbying by corporations to allow the misleading labeling, not to mention allow the untested new food inventions, the pharma lobby, the pharma advertising…..o.k., rant over, you get my drift ;)

      • ladysadie1 on October 16, 2012 at 05:27


        That was an excellent rant. I think that you have great faith in the masses. But on this: “Many actually think they Are thinking for themselves, they go to multiple sources for their information, they try to choose ‘reputable’ sources that base themselves on data, and so on.” I have to disagree.

        From what I see around me, actually very few people are informed, even fewer are actively engaged in trying to educate themselves, and only a tiny handful have the critical thinking skills to use information from multiple sources to arrive at their own conclusions.

        From what I can tell, the big corporations just want us to *literally* eat shit and die. That’s not a conspiracy, not a theory, and not even a secret. Here is an article from Bloomberg:
        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/asian-seafood-raised-on-pig-feces-approved-for-u-s-consumers.html . Here is another one that is a little more comprehensive, very well researched and a million times more disgusting from Michael over at American Dream:

        After reading those two articles, I am pretty glad that fasting isn’t harmful, because it may be a while until I can manage to eat even good quality food from trusted resources.

      • marie on October 16, 2012 at 09:42

        ladysadie, no faith, ever eh? ;)
        No, I think it’s just a different experience than yours regarding ‘many’ people. And that’s all we can conclude. That was my point, that we can’t attribute motivation to the Majority of people, no one can say that most people Want to be abused, or that they are too stupid or too lazy to think for themselves, or, my personal face, that they Want to be led so badly that they accept being fooled….a.k.a they Want to eat shit?
        Nonsense. That’s way too close to the prevailing attitude of a couple centuries ago, when, looking at those filthy, misshapen, subservient masses, those who weren’t in the same state ‘knew’ that they were their betters.
        And anyway, in the masses we’re talking about, are my friends, family, coworkers, neighbors…they are what I care about and there isn’t a lazy-assed moron among them. Overwhelmed by massively funded propaganda and willful misinformation and misled ‘trusted’ sources, oh yeah, plenty there.

        Your links really bring home the idea that we’re up against a crap-load, wow! (and yuck, ewe, gag!).

        Here’s another one, this on GMO, very long but the critical info is in the first 10′ for whoever is interested :

      • marie on October 16, 2012 at 09:44

        correction to funny: “my personal face” ….should be “fave”.

      • ladysadie1 on October 16, 2012 at 10:24

        Marie –

        Genetic Roulette is pretty good, but I think that Seeds of Deception lays it out more clearly.

        You are pretty lucky, my friends, family and coworkers are perfectly happy not having thier mainstream media world view disrupted. In fact, they are very protective of it. It is very disturbing and apparently overwhelming to many people if someone tries expose them to the truth.

        It’s too shocking, too scary for them. People DO “Want to be led so badly that they accept being fooled….a.k.a they Want to eat shit?” Close. If you ask them if they want to eat shit, they will say no, but if you tell them they are doing that, they ignore, or attack, or call you crazy and take another bite of their big crap sandwich while they roll their eyes and congratulate each other for not being a wacko…

      • marie on October 16, 2012 at 17:02

        You know, I tend to agree with your take on Seeds of Deception. The reason I liked Genetic Roulette is that in the first couple of minutes it gets to a key misconception, that somehow genetic engineering is a Precise science – this insidious little misinformation tidbit went viral a few years ago and has fooled even people who tend to question weighty assertions like that.
        As for being lucky, yah, I know, especially because I’ve seen and see all kinds ‘out there’ given a very mixed background and living in an unusually wide range of environments. No question there are close-minded people, the kind you describe, and frankly, that’s very common in some environments, not to mention the ‘birds of a feather” effect so that it can seem like a lot. B
        But you know that our personal experience only cuts a small slice from a huge pie, we just can’t extrapolate from it to any majority. Even with my broad background and the wide range of environments my interests take me into, up and down social, educational and economic scales to extremes, rural, urban and suburban, I still won’t say the majority are this that or the other.
        There’s a wide variety from closed-through-open minded, from those that are very susceptible to brain-washing to those that are totally contrarian etc.. Makes sense, since we are social animals and nearly everything else about social animals seems to come as a distribution.
        Some significant dose of ‘anti-authoritarian’ seems pretty common in ‘paleo’ and it makes sense since it would have helped someone to discover it, but damn I’m so tired of hearing the self-congratulatory stuff about that ‘majority’. There’s no logic to it and it’s just as close-minded to be rolling their eyes and congratulating each other for not being ‘stupid’-‘sheep’-‘lazy’-‘set-in-their-ways’ …and worse.
        Sure , the morons exist and the nasty and…, but so what. And who really cares if they are a majority or not?
        Because Even people who aren’t sheeple are being run over by an enormous Bus, one that’s also fast and quiet. At least those that Can see can be loud, unless….they think that the folks standing on that corner had it coming to them.

      • David Evans on October 16, 2012 at 04:36

        Marie – A magnificent rant.

        Perhaps it was ever thus that most people want to be led or are brainwashed into thinking they want to be led.

        They used to follow Kings, Queens and noblemen. Now its the corporations.

        The odds have always been stacked against most people.

        You are right, many think they are thinking for themselves, but sadly they are only following propaganda.

        You are also right about “hitting the wall”. Hitting the wall woke me up. Until then I was a fully paid up member of the “great brainwashed”

      • neal matheson on October 16, 2012 at 07:01

        Hello David, I think “follow” is the wrong verb as it implies a choice.

      • David Evans on October 16, 2012 at 10:16

        “mandatory”, “compulsory”, “obligatory”, or perhaps “unwittingly”.

    • PaleoNewbie on October 16, 2012 at 05:37

      “Eat real food, live a life that you want to lead and most importantly think for yourself”

      Unfortunately, there are only a few countries in the world that this is even possible, if any.

  11. PaleoNewbie on October 16, 2012 at 05:42

    “From what I see around me, actually very few people are informed, even fewer are actively engaged in trying to educate themselves, and only a tiny handful have the critical thinking skills to use information from multiple sources to arrive at their own conclusions”

    Isn’t that the perfect set up for the corps to sell more shit to mindless consumer drones?

    Biden recently said that ..”we need the economy to improve so people buy more things”

    • ladysadie1 on October 16, 2012 at 06:03

      Yes, Newbie, and that is exactly the idea behind the links that I put up there. Not only do “they” want us buying ‘shit’ the drones are actually being fed shit (literally).

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