I like positive thinking. Optimism helps keep inflammation at bay. You can’t be a heart doctor and think problems are hopeless or that bad outcomes will occur.
But…I have to tell you, obesity and its flume of chronic diseases makes it tough to stay upbeat. As an office doctor, obesity frustrates; as an internationalist, working on obese patients beats you down. As a proud and hopeful American, obesity makes you frown.
It’s a real problem, with no clear end in sight.
One thing is for sure: to reverse the obesity epidemic, it will take the powers of many–not just doctors. Smart people like to say, “the solution will mandate a multidisciplinary approach.”
Along these lines, I would like to share a 19-minute TED talk with you. David Jones, Jr, is a venture capitalist from Louisville. His firm specializes in finding companies that offer innovative solutions for improving healthcare. As the chairman of the board of Humana Inc from 2005-2010, David has sat on the front row of the ongoing health crisis. It’s also important to add that David and I are friends. We ride together and have even been masters-swimmer lane mates–a strong bond indeed. (Lane 5).
I strongly suggest taking the 19 minutes to watch the presentation. I love David’s take. It’s controversial, and passionate and nuanced. Hearing this talk will make you smarter.
Does the fact that one in three young people are too fat to serve in the military bother you?
Are the farmers, restaurateurs and grocers killing us?
Can we change our broken food culture?
What do you think of “lean technology?”
How about David’s policy suggestions? You might consider strategies to “beat back agribusiness” or curb over-consumption of toxic high fructose corn syrup as anti-liberty. That’s reasonable; but David smartly counters with the anti-liberty effects of chronic disease—and how the treatment of such tethers people to healthcare.
Enjoy: (It’s not bad if it makes you squirm a little.)