…and all of those other American icons- The King, Wendy, Taco Bell, Domino and all!
How do the young say it? …OMG!!!
In 2010 Americans (citizens of the United States of America) ate 9 million more servings of French Friesand 6 million more hamburgers than they did in 2009. It is fair to assume the same sort of increases held true for other popular fast food items (aka, junk food) such as hot dogs and donuts. This puts the USA at the top of the list of countries where obesity is recognised as being a major health issue. The cost to the health services in trying deal with problems caused by obesity runs into many, many millions of dollars that could well be spent elsewhere and it would follow that deaths that could be attributed to obesity or the complications caused by obesity are arguably avoidable.Many Americans have stated that they were ‘never told they were fat’!!! Of course the matter is one of some delicacy, especially in early stages of becoming obese but surely parents must assume a major share of the blame for obese children who go on to become grossly obese adults.
Can it be true that just because one isn’t told they are fat, they can’t recognise the fact that they are?I KNOW that I would recognise something was amiss if I was unable to see my feet (or other lower extremities), if I was continually having to let out belts or buy new clothes, if everyday actions such as tying shoes or climbing steps required extra effort, or if it was difficult to get out of bed or chairs.
It’s probably slightly different for young people who are being brought up in an environment where none of these things seem untoward, where fast/junk foods are the norm, and where parents take the easy option to buy in meals and apparently can’t be bothered to give any guidance or impose any sort of control on what is eaten by the child.This being said I would imagine, though that many of these young people would bare the brunt of the verbal bullies who take perverse pleasure in making fun of the overweight children around them, and thereby are given the message that they are different, that they are fat. Of course when they carry the tale of bullying home it will be treated by parental comfort to calm the upset of the unfortunate and unhappy child. Does it lead to any modification of diet? Doubtful. Does the parent see the bullying as in any way a thing they can do something about (other than complaining to the school) to improve the life of their child? Doubtful.
Who is to break the circle? At what stage do people take responsibility for self management of their weight, or their over-weight? It seems apparent that far too many can’t be bothered and are happy to continue to consume tons of fatty foods and gallons of sugar drinks. And the Colonel, Ronald and all of the other fast-food providers rub their hands together (as they bank their enormous profits), make some outlandish claims about their latest, revolutionary ‘healthy eating’ strategies, and carry on feeding the willing public further and further into obesity.
I do NOT, however advocate this as an option, but I commend the guy for showing some (misguided) initiative!
(Note: sadly New Zealand is in the top ten of countries whose incidence of obesity is above 20% of the population.)