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Response to tavernier (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 8, 2015, 09:48 PM

14. I think that's simply because morbid obesity until recently has been a rare thing.

For much of human history few people had the resources, or access to cheap and plentiful calories, to gain so much weight as to greatly threaten their health.

Extra weight has long been considered a sign of wealth and well being. People haven't needed much convincing that gaining a lot of years is ultimately deadly, or that starving will kill you.

I'd guess the phrase "morbidly obese" came about simply because it was more necessary to convince people that excess weight can be a serious threat to their health, and it's relatively new that so many people have needed convincing.

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