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[IP] Re: Type 2 NOT caused by obesity...

The idea of obesity NOT causing Type 2, but rather a symptom of the genetics 
that leads to it goes something like this (but someone with more information 
might correct me):

Up until this past century, the typical person had a very active lifestyle by 
necessity.  There were no cars, washing machines, and other technologies of 
convenience.  Just to survive daily, you had physical activity.

 Also, along with this, there were the seasons to contend with. The body needed
to bulk up and stock up on fat, etc., during the summer months in order to 
survive through the winter months where there was much less available for 

The result was that those with the genetics to actually be able to gain weight 
 actually were more likely to survive in climates with poor winters, etc. Those
whose genetics didn't allow the gain of weight were more likely to die through 
the winter months.

 So, you see isolated population centers where there are colder climates who now
 have more predisposition to this. So, the genetics actually lead to the weight
gain.  However, activity levels kept these genetics from leading to a Type 2 
diabetes development, by helping to balance the eating and weight gain, etc.

Today, the American (and other parts of the world) culture has become very 
sedentary...and on top of this, we no longer have diets that are heavy, weight 
gaining in the summer months and light, weight-losing in the winter.  We can 
get the same Big Mac in the summer and winter!  ;-)  Anyhow, the very genetics 
 that allowed people to survive in the past is now working against them, because
our lifestyles have changed.

My own, personal, metabolism it great for today...it makes me prone to 
 maintaining my weight. If I had been alive a few hundred years ago, though...I
would have been at a disadvantage.  

But, the obesity isn't actually the cause of the Type 2 throughout this 
scenario...it is a co-symptom of the genetics that can lead to Type 2.  If you 
find it hard to NOT gain weight, it is likely your genetics trying to "save 
your life" through the winter months...but, due to lifestyle changes, you 
become more prone to Type 2 as well.  

That is why Type 2 and obesity go hand in hand...NOT because obesity CAUSES 
 Type 2...but that those who are obese are more likely to also have the genetics
to lead to Type 2 WITHOUT the lifestyles to prevent it.

Why are more youth seeing Type 2?  Same reason...the youth are becoming less 
and less active compared to previous generations.  There is more TV, video 
games, computer time, and less activity in a youth's life.  

The main key to preventing Type 2 is NOT losing weight...but by maintaining an 
active lifestyle.  Of course, the side-benefit to this will be that you will 
likely stop gaining weight and possibly lose weight.  

This is how I have understood it.  Those who are familiar with this might 
expound in more detail or clearer detail.

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