Health isn't a contest, despite it being locked away in competitive sport. Being the fastest isn't how we dominated over all of the species.
Wim and I have both spent a lot of time with this and we are excited to see things change. In the last three years we've seen a HUGE uptick in research and all of that is great to know why. Tim and I knew we'd put this on the map in a big way and I am grateful that Tim has done such an incredible job with promotion of the concept. He's brilliant and driven to help people as well. I want to take awareness into action, but I love the idea of Minimum Effective Dose.
I hear parents say,"my kids sit at the computer all day and they don't get outside." Kids instinctively leave their coats in the house and expose all the time; we teach them to tolerate heat, sit down, and shut up. I believe the exercise myth is probably much bigger than the calorie myth. Exercise is good for circulatory condition and anaerobic strength, but the vast majority of sports take it to the extreme of injury. People want to do the same with cold stress. It's the idea that more, more, more, stronger, leaner, bigger is better. That's a testosterone-centric view. If those are your goals - I don't have issue, but they aren't mutually exclusive with healthful living. Diabetes and Heart Disease are.
There are diet impacts, exercise impacts, and lifestyle/environment impacts. Genetics aren't deterministic, but epigenetic changes can be passed to offspring. That's pretty profound.
wow, I wish I had the time to spend over here, as you guys are driven. I really respect that, but keep in mind it doesn't always have to be complicated to be intelligent. Nature has a way of finding very simple solutions. Sometimes we complicate them by pounding our world view in to make it fit. It's part of the "they're on my team" approach.
Teams teach us a lot of things, but sometimes they unnecessarily separate.