I was talking to a friend just now on the phone. As the conversation was winding down I casually mentioned that I solved the cause of the obesity epidemic. The conversation went something like this:
"Oh, by the way I figured out what was causing the obesity epidemic."
(Trying to sound interested) "Did you?"
"Yeah, I wrote about it on my blog. I've lost over 20 lbs. now. I'm not even on a diet or anything."
(Trying to sound encouraging) "Well that's great. Charlie, I may lose you because I'm on an elevator right now. So I'll talk to you later."
"Okay, I'll talk to you later."
According to the CDC, the medical costs of obesity is estimated to be around $150 billion this year. A tiny fraction of that would allow me to retire for life. But the reality is that I am not a scientist or a doctor. As of right now there have been almost 1400 page views of my article titled "Obesity: My Unexpected Final Conclusion". It is by far the most viewed article on my blog and the most important thing I have ever written or possibly ever will write.
However, we live in a world of converging ideas where even unbelievably complex things like calculus and the telephone were simultaneously invented at virtually the same time. It is HIGHLY doubtful that I am the first person to discover that the obesity epidemic was caused by ad libitum eating and can be corrected by discrete meals. My problem is that if someone else discovered it before me they weren't making it easy to find that information. I'm not exactly sure how to get this message out more effectively, either.
You would think that people would be clamoring to get a hold of the information which could fix their weight issue and help them have a real shot at improving their health for the long term. The reality is that people are shockingly indifferent. The subject of obesity is like the little boy who cried wolf so much that now nobody is paying attention when the real wolf shows up.
I'll keep trying to get the message out, but this is going to take much more time than I thought it would.