Before I go any further, I should mention that, yes, obesity has become almost an epidemic in some countries and in some areas of some countries. For this thread specifically, I am focusing on the fact that the United States has overwhelmingly high obesity rates, although technically this could apply to any country. I intend to make it clear, however, that this is not what I am arguing against; I know that rates of obesity are already high and are increasing. That is not the focus of the argument that I am presenting.
The argument that I am presenting is whether or not obesity is truly a problem in the traditional sense of the word.
My reasoning is simple: obese people do what they want to do, and that is to eat. Obese people tend to eat a lot, and they tend to eat unhealthily as well. Is this really a problem? Why do people urge the government to go to lengths to insure that children, teens, and adults alike do not eat the food that they want due to the fact that it poses health risks if eaten in excess? Why not simply educate the public and allow them to make their own decision? I personally feel that if people were more educated about short and long term health risks associated with obesity and the difficulties associated with the daily living of an obese person, that rates of obesity would decrease. I think that the methodology behind this should the the same as with cigarettes. If people better knew the risks associated with it, much like with cigarettes (school lectures, ads, commercials), rates of obesity would see a decrease. Even if the rates didn't decrease, where would the problem lie? People do what they want and they pay for it in the end. I don't know why you should force someone to stop doing something that they are free to do simply because it has negative consequences. Let people kill themselves if they want to.
My reason behind making this argument is simple as well. Many things, now, seem tailored for overweight and obese people. 100 calorie packs of food, healthier restaurant menus, the list stretches on. In spite of this, many overweight people continue to eat in massive portions and tend to eat very unhealthy foods as well. I feel that if people were more educated about the effects of being obese, other than "it can cause heart problems" and "I walk slower", with actual, REAL effective propaganda against obesity, that obesity rates would become lower.
My proposition is not to say fuck all and let people keep their false preconceptions of the consequences of obesity... nor is it to put every effort into forcing people to eat healthy.
TL;DR: Is obesity itself really the problem? Maybe we should better educate people more on the consequences of obesity and let them make their own decision about whether they want to continue eating unhealthily. Maybe instead of attempting to force healthier foods in schools and shove low calorie menus and low calorie snacks and diet drinks into peoples faces, we should teach them what it means to be obese. A trend I see is that education on obesity is declining whilst products tailored for obese people are increasing in prevalence. I feel that this is backwards.
What is your take on this?
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