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The Weight of the Nation

Our so-called "obesity epidemic" isn't about the fat, but the food.

That's the title of an HBO "special" that will air in May. I'm sure it will have plenty of people with their heads cut off. 

Sadly, that's what they do to obese people. And it will discuss diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes. I'm sure it will discuss the cost of health care. Currently, 17 percent of GDP is health care related. And it's predicted to be 25 percent by 2025 (predictions of U.S. bankruptcy).

Here's the scoop: We do not have an obesity epidemic. We have a food crisis. It's the food, the food, the food. By pinning the problem on obesity, the fork in the road that we take will, most definitely, lead us in the wrong direction. We must address the horrific food environment.

Once you realize that much of the so-called food we eat is poison, it is easier to reject it.

There's no need to wait on the HBO special. The late Peter Jennings did a masterful job explaining the problem in this documentary: How to Get Fat Without Really Trying.

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Greg T April 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
No the problem is not the food. We have 100% access to the greatest food in the world (and throughout the world at that!). We know that McDonald's is not the best food, so it's not education either. We simply lack the personal responsibility to exercise and eat properly. It is easier, lazier and some actually believe tastier (although I think healthy eating tastes great) to go through a drive-though line. How many people actually choose the healthy food. Or is this another attempt of some well meaning oligarchy making decisions for us. The laws under Hitler, Communist China, Russia, Cuba all great examples of where people's behavior was/is regulated to this degree. All of these examples determined what to eat and where to eat it. More laws is the answer once again. What about building better people than stronger and more powerful government? Freedom is not free. However, once we loose it the historical evidence is clear that bloodshed is the only way to regain it. Please stop looking at an easy fix through some political campaign and the lazy way out through another regulation.
Jordan w April 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
It's actually an environmental injustice problem. We do not all have 100% access to wholesome, healthy foods. If you have herd of the term food deserts you would know that many cenus areas, about 23.5 Americans, cannot find healthy foods within a mile of their community and 20% of people are below poverty line. Because of proximity and poverty, they are forced to eat from convenience stores and fast food restaurants.
Greg T May 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
What about you and your friends? Why don't Americans choose to eat healthy foods? The author, like you, miss the point. Everyone one who ignores the fresh food section of every grocery store proves my point. Are you trying to say that there are that many poor people who don't have access to grocery stores? Now that truly would be a point I could rally to fix. But that isn't the issue is it? I've lived in poor neighborhoods before and always had access to healthy food. Wonder why that is? Oh yeah, preparing meals from scratch can actually cost less than the prepared meals. I do miss the cheap bread stores. What stops the vast majority of us who aren't those darn poor people that need some imagined glorious government to guild them through life. Nice try at choking on a gnat or stuffing a straw man.
Mit May 04, 2012 at 12:02 PM
about 23.5 Americans, cannot find healthy foods within a mile of their community and 20% of people are below poverty line. Because of proximity and poverty, they are forced to eat from convenience stores and fast food restaurants. - The horror of it - Someone should educate them so they can handle trips of more than 1 mile - It's a wonder the West was ever settled without Whole Foods

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