The Weight of the Nation : Change Maker or Obesity Porn?

As America’s problem with obesity grows…

  • The cost of medical treatment grows…
  • The cost to the economy grows…
  • The cost to our quality of life grows…
  • And the opportunity to make a ton of money grows

As a result of these 4 issues, obesity has grown from a quasi-medical issue into a topic worthy of mainstream media and HBO documentaries.

[box type=”important”]And as much as I think all of this attention focused on obesity is vital to instigating change… I wonder if we will ever develop the public will required to combat the money being spent by companies who make their profits from overeating.[/box]

Because if we are ever going to reverse our current obesity epidemic, it’s going to take a whole bunch of ordinary people making their voices and choices heard.

  • Lobbying politicians to put their public need ahead of corporate want
  • Making better food choices for their families
  • Organizing to help make neighborhood playgrounds safe for our kids
  • Telling food producers to stop overdosing us with sugar, salt & chemicals
  • Getting off our collective asses and leading by example

And documentaries like The Weight of the Nation may help to spark this type of change.

But then again, maybe this new wave of obesity awareness is nothing more than obesity porn… where we are shocked & awed by all those gross fat people who can’t muster the willpower to walk past McDonalds.

2 comments

  1. I think it is a little of both. While efforts like this are commendable, it is up to “us” to take the ball and run…to keep the message alive and moving forward.  At the very least, though, it gives health professionals like us another platform…even if only temporarily.  It certainly isn’t going to solve the problem…but it seems like a step in the right direction.I just read a study the other day showing enlarged damaged hearts in obese adolescents that were asymptomatic.  I don’t think the average person realizes this isn’t just about chubby cheeks or conforming to some cultural norm of what an “ideal” body looks like.  It isn’t even just about diabetes…this goes way beyond diabetes to damaged livers and CAD in children.This is about 12 years olds with 50 year old organs.  I am hoping that when it comes to our kids we are willing to go the extra mile.  Even if we can’t do it for ourselves, maybe we can do it for our kids.

  2. OBESITY PORN?? Buddy I was destined to find your blog! I’m going to have to use that but I WILL credit you! I have spoken out myself against all these alarmist warnings, I don’t think they accomplish much. Calling it “obesity porn” sums it up well! People do not become very overweight because they are weak, ignorant, or oblivious to health warnings. It’s very difficult for some people to do what they know all too well what they should do but shaming them won’t fix anything! And the weight loss “solutions” presented in the media are in their own way, as bad as toxic food! Did you get a chance to read any of my book?

    great post!

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