The obesity epidemic

According to Harvard University, an obesity 'epidemic' is sweeping the US. This is an epidemic similar in scope to those seen in olden times, in which infectious agents would spread from one person to the next without warning and literally forced people to run for the hills, like the polio epidemic of 1916 or the yellow fever epidemic of 1878. In this obesity epidemic, burgers and fries attack their victims without mercy, forcing their way into their mouths, imposing themselves upon their digestive tracts, and breaking into their adipose cells.

A day after U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona called America's obesity epidemic "the terror within," the forum heard staggering data on the size and cost of America's weight problem.

"No part of the country has escaped it," Walter Willett, chair of the Harvard School of Public Health's nutrition department, said Wednesday as he showed how obesity had spread across the United States over the last two decades.

Not only is the physical health of the victim threatened, but also the mental well-being.

"My excess weight has caused or exaggerated type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, back and kidney problems, elevated cholesterol," Gaquin, choking back tears, told the forum.

Along with the Grand Unified Theory of Physics, one of the great puzzles of the modern world is to find the root cause of this obesity epidemic, but some promising leads have been found.

The jury is still out on the causes of obesity, with consumer advocates arguing that aggressive food industry advertising and "super-sized" restaurant portions are to blame.

And because most Americans believe in doing the right thing instead of taking the easy way out, fair solutions have been proposed.

A national poll commissioned by Harvard and released on Wednesday showed that six in 10 Americans are in favor of requiring restaurants to list nutrition information on their menus.

Share this

Nice post. Of course, the

Nice post. Of course, the way in which the obesity "epidemic" is described presupposes that folk who are seriously overweight are passive victims of their circumstances, rather than self-responsible persons able and willing to take control of their lives.

I recall the tale some months back of this guy who was suing various fast-food firms because they allegedly lured him to eat vast amounts of burgers. Maybe the idiot should instead sue the state education system for turning him into an idiot.