If one knew what is causing America to become massively overweight and had some solution not involving effort then they could become a billionaire without using a Ponzi scheme.
When I was Erez age I don’t remember any of the boys being significantly overweight. My friend Ben knew one. He went to Israel and either “volunteered” or was drafted. Well the Army put a 50 lb pack on him and marched him 20 miles a day in the desert for as long as it took. Surprisingly He did not die then and there and was normal weight for at least 10 years after.
This may be a simplistic view that the lack of physical exercise is the main cause of the problem. When I first became obese I was doing a lot of physical work. Insulin resistance and obesity I think are a chicken and the egg problem. I don’t think it is a simple as one directional flow: get obese and then get diabetes.
I am wondering if the millions of chemicals we have produced since the last war have any input into this problem. Also Edison may have destroyed the possibility of getting enough sleep which is a major contributor to the weight problem as is any other stress.
The main problem is that America is toxic when it comes to lifestyle: physical inactivity and constant abundance and advertising of food… I was told that I was undermining the economy because I took my bicycle to buy a gallon of milk instead of driving. My son sits all day at work in front of a computer agonizing over the software needed to account for the flow in the Alaska pipeline giving him both stress and physical inactivity. He comes home and sits in front of the computer killing aliens. He used to play basketball once a week but a serious car accident put a stop to this. By miracle now he goes to the gym a couple times a week with his Polish friends. The only thing that saves the day so far is that he could not be bothered to eat, so in spite of being 6’ 4 "and 190 lb he eats very little.
Well whatever the underlying philosophy Erez is on the right track by loosing weight. I was able to control my diabetes in the begining by loosing from 265 lb down to 185 lb by a 1500 calories per day diet and a lot of exercise. I don’t know how much was will power or how much was physiological. Lately I went to a discussion of a draft PhD thesis on the methods used by people with diabetes to loose weight. There were 2 obese males, one obese female and one slim male. Wow, I asked the slim male was it superior will power? No he said, it was metformin. In this case reducing the insulin resistance reduced the weight. It may be as Frederich the Great said: Everyone should be allowed to go to heaven in his own way.