According to the World Health Organisation, 66.7% of Americans are overweight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the obesity rate has more than doubled in children ages 2 to 19 since 1976. The CDC also lists the following as ‘health consequences’ from being overweight or obese:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol)
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
So why is it that KFC came out with this:
And why does Carl’s Jr. sell this:
And why is there a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance? Why does the new television show Huge on ABC Family encourage the acceptance of obesity? Why does Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty include overweight women? Why are they telling women it is okay to be unhealthy?
Yes, everyone deserves to be happy with who they are. But being overweight or obese is not just a matter of body image and being comfortable in one’s own skin; it is unhealthy and dangerous. Telling people to accept and love themselves for being fat is encouraging them to accept an unhealthy lifestyle that will ultimate cause them serious health problems and impact their overall quality of life.
Who is at fault for this epidemic sweeping not only our country but slowly most of the Western world? Perhaps people are too greedy and overindulgent. Perhaps restaurants should have a greater sense of social responsibility, especially fast food restaurants whose more affordable prices make them the only choice for people with lower incomes.
Hopefully personal responsibility and social responsibility can intersect, and soon. The human race has enough to worry about with warfare and environmental disasters without also having to worry about suicide through what is meant to sustain us.