The Hidden Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

What is the hidden cause of the obesity epidemic?

  • For entertainment, people used to go out dancing. Now they go out eating. 
  • Eating used to be for sustenance and nourishment. Now it has become our main form of entertainment.
  • Dancing used to be society’s way of having fun and socially interacting. Now we’re too fat to dance.
Wedding band, live band - Slide McBride - Sydney, New South Wales
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The hidden cause of the obesity epidemic is that dancing has been replaced by eating. 

Musicians no longer play music for dancing. Dancing to live music is a thing people did last century.  The 21st century is about eating, so musicians have had to adjust to play music as an accompaniment to food. The guitarist singing in the corner of the pub is now like the salt and pepper shakers on the table. The musician has become part of a venue’s marketing that strives to create an ambience conducive to dining. Generally as long as the music’s not too loud or distracting, nobody cares.

The Hidden Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

Musicians No Longer Provide Music For Dancing

And don’t be tempted to dance. Anyone who gets up and starts dancing will be quickly escorted from the premises by an over zealous security person. The view point is that dancing is only attempted by someone who is drunk. RSA laws stipulate that intoxicated people must be removed. Therefore, anyone who dances is clearly drunk and a troublemaker. Ejection is imminent. If you are spotted dancing it’s obviously that you can’t be sober. If you were sober and in a rational state of mind you’d surely want to do some more eating.

Chefs Are The New Rock Stars

The Hidden Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

Gone are the music shows from free to air television. They’ve all been replaced with cooking and food shows. SBS even has a whole station dedicated to food (channel 33) which is called The Food Network. The ABC still runs Rage twice a week (through the middle of the night) but The Food Network runs all day, everyday, seven days a week. You can enjoy shows such as “Underground BBQ Challenge”, “Cake Wars”, “Ginormous Food”, “Man Versus Food” or “My Family Feast”. 

The Hidden Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

Famous chefs are household names; Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson, (the late) Anthony Bourdain, Heston Blumental, Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, Matt Moran, Curtis Stone, Guillaume Brahimi, Bill Granger, Donna Hay, Tetsuya Wakuda, Aristos Papandroulakis, Ben O’Donoghue, Cindy Sargon, Fenton Keogh, Gabriel Gaté, Geoff Jansz, Iain Hewitson, Stephanie, Alexander, Luke Nguyen, Stefano Manfredi, Adam Liaw, George Calombaris, Adriano Zumbo, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Pete Evans, Manu Feidel, Cheong Liew, Maggie Beer, Christine Manfield, Peter Gilmore, Shannon Bennett, Poh Ling Yeow … and the list goes on.

The Hidden Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

Food Is Now The Feature Of Pubs That Used To Have Bands

I’ve heard so many theories about the death of live music in Sydney. I’ve heard about lock-out laws, RSA laws, licensing laws, poker machine, the list goes on, yet it seems that everyone has missed the actual reason… lack of interest. Nobody wants to stand around listening to a loud band play when you could be in the bistro eating and having an enjoyable conversation about the food you are eating. 

Your Next Tinder Date

Much of our social interaction is now done using our mobile phones. If you are single, you may use Tinder to find someone you are attracted to meet. Typically,  you will ask them out for either a coffee (and probably some cake), a drink (and probably some nibbles) or something to lunch or dinner. Next time, I challenge you to take them dancing. 

The Hidden Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

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