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Obesity in America

While I did not want to revisit this topic (or were we talking about art?) I did want to clarify my position on overweight people (a category I belong to – I also belong to the short and angry categories).

While I do agree obesity can occur due to physical or mental issues which can stem from childhood abuse or other relationship problems, I still DO NOT categorize all obesity occurs due to these issues. I believe most people are overweight due to lack of self control, lack of exercise, stress and diet.

It is easy for people to find ‘comfort’ in food. Like I have said in the comments section, I have worked in restaurants long enough to see the same people, week after week eat large amounts of food for no apparent reason accept to eat large amounts of food.

The most harmful thing about obesity is the effect it is having on our healthcare costs;

In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payors for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

It also doesn’t help we made it in this top 10 list;

Known for its Restaurant Report Cards that rate quick-serve restaurantsaccording to their most and least healthiest menu items, Men’s Health magazine’s September issue includes a list of 100 U.S. cities graded by their number of QSRs.

Arlington, Texas, was given the title of Fast Food Capital of America, followed by Anchorage, Alaska, Charlotte, N.C.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Raleigh, N.C.; Indianapolis; Fremont, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; and Wichita, Kan., according to a blog by Dermot Cole in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The cities were ranked based on the number of fast-food places per capita and research data on the popularity of those dining establishments.

So while you may disagree with my sense of humor when it comes to obesity, trust me, it is self-depricating and not directed at anyone in particular. And if you don’t think America has a serious problem when it comes to obesity, I encourage you to take a good hard look in the mirror, preferably with your clothes off.