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May 01, 2008

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Ed S.

You've got to blame some of this on our biology and hard-wiring. Natural selection favored the proto homo sapien-sapiens who built up the thickest layers of fat and blubber, the better to survive frequent food shortages and cold weather. Would there be any Samoans/Hawiians today if this were not so? How else could they row their boats hundreds or thousands of miles to new islands across the whole Pacific? Only those with the biggest storehouses of body fat survived those trips. Of course, this survival trait is superfluous today. Although as recently as 100 years ago the fat man was admired as the most prosperous and successful.... J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, etc. for example.

Jeff McMahon

I agree. The survival instinct is good until it hits the point of diminishing returns.

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