Will an economic depression finally curb American obesity?

December 28, 2020

A friend of mine, who identifies as a bodybuilder, made the comment that maybe mass starvation caused by the ongoing economic depression may help curb mass obesity in America. Whether it was my contrarianism or overall pessimism regarding the average American, so thoroughly validated in 2020, I took the opposing stance.

Let’s look around some factors in play:

Are we fat?


Source: Vox

Source: CDC

Source: CDC Obesity Prevalence (overall)

Are we going into a depression?

Yes, for many people we are already in the middle of one.

Millions of people are already in a depression. Around 20% of adults haven’t paid rent as far back as April. Millions have filed for unemployment. When the numbers for 2020 become available, it’ll be no surprise that suicides have spiked.

B-b-but muh stonk marget…

The stock market is only up because hundred of thousands of small businesses were forced to close. The revenue that would’ve gone to those small businesses was eaten up by major corporations, obvious example being Amazon.

If those dollars had gone to small businesses, they wouldn’t be inflating the stock market. The bouncing back can also be attributed to the trillions of dollars in federal aid. The “v shaped recovery” is a delusion with a rapidly approaching expiration date.

American chonkerism will continue

Millions of people aren’t going to make it through without some sort of state and federal aid. This puts people on a pretty tight budget. What’s cheap? Corporate junk food.

From the Foundation for Economic Education:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aims for recipients to “make healthy food choices within a limited budget.” SNAP is supposed to “permit low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet.”

However, the lofty goals of federal programs often differ from the actual results. It turns out that about $15 billion of SNAP benefits are for junk food. Apparently, recipients are not making the nutritious and healthy choices that the government promised.

Is this any surprise? Those junk food sales are good for the stock market! The government benefits from this, and don’t expect them to go out of their way for your interest when it goes against their own.

Don’t get me started on how much the corporate medical establishment benefits from obesity.

State subsidized chonkerism isn’t going to end in the near future, or even be mitigated, it’ll be increased. It’s true that these funds can be spent on real food, some farmers markets even accept EBT, but food stamps don’t go nearly as far that way.

Some will fall, but not all

I’m not convinced there will be a total collapse within the next 10-15 years. These boomer politicians still have plenty of fuel in the tank. Once they’re gone, in about 15-20 years, that’ll be another story. Until then the US will float on money printing as well as outward and inward military threats to maintain stability.

That doesn’t mean millions of Americans won’t go through hard times. When it comes to Zoomers and younger Millennials, hard times in relation to upward economic mobility have been the norm.

I know, I know… I am one of those Zoomer apologists, unabashedly. If schools and parents had driven young people towards prosperity in business we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

The context young people are growing up in creates a generation with a very different perspective, a generally more inward one. America might be full of fatties, but there are also more and more people engaging in fitness and physical culture. Strength training, austere forms of dieting, extreme sports, body building, are all ways that someone can spend a little money and spark an inward revolution.

Hope is on the horizon

In this world where every institution is fighting against your will to control your destiny: these activities put control back into your hands.

What has happened in 2020, and what will happen in the following years, will drive more people to feel powerless. 2020 is a fork in the road that will lead to ‘k shaped’ results. Many people will sink into a pit of despair and die there, but not everyone will.

Enough of us will rise to the occasion. We will use this pressure as motivation to take control of their destiny. First in little ways, then in big ways. As the world sinks and degenerates around us, we will either snatch the reigns of this ship, or shred it to pieces and build anew.

I’m good with either, and I think a lot of you are too.

Obesity isn’t the issue, neither are any of the other common symptoms of modern society. It’s the mode we’re in and the attitudes we have that lead to these issues. Growing stronger, through these hard times, will lead to the solution.

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