Obesity Epidemic - Who's To Blame

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1. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just about every country in the western world is suffering from an obesity epidemic.

Every year, more and more people are being classified as being technically obese.

Obesity can lead to all sorts of health issues; from high blood pressure to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer.

Is it a case of people having to take better control over their lifestyles and more responsibilities for their actions; i.e. the old "no one is forcing you to eat junk food" argument, or is there more to it than that? If there is more to it, what do you think is the cause of the obesity epidemic?

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think we should generate electricity by forcing the obese masses to run on electricity generating treadmills, like giant lardy hamsters, solving environment, energy and obesity crises in one go.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I guess stupidity is the main cause of this problem, as it seems that smarter people are much less likely to be a real fat person. Junk food and all other sorts of bad and fat food are mostly cheaper and therefore more eaten in poor families. Also I don't understand why people find that food more delicious...good chocolate and red wine is just as delicious... No seriously, why don't people like brussels sprouts...or durians... Ok, seriously....it is stupidity.

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Too much of dependence on machines for our day to day activities is the real cause of Obesity

Less physical activity coupled with the widespread use of junk food is spoiling the society. There was a time when people in Indian villages used to eat too much of butter, ghee and oily foods but still remained fit because the whole day they used to plough in the fields.

I have heard that Japanese have developed a shower which has robotic arms and u just need to stand there, it will wash ur body, shampoo u and also massage all of ur body with the body gel.... :) Least physical activity involved.

that sounds good, but u have to careful of the robotic arms, as they may turn naughty anytime;)


6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think people in the Western world have more choices than ever before but we are not educating and informing ourselves enough to make good choices and choices that are right for us.
Most packaged food is full of hydrogenated fat and unrefined sugar which are causing us all kinds of health problems including obesity.
We have to take some responsibility when we make our choices. There is plenty of information available to assist us. We have to read the information and decide for ourselves which is the most valid information based on all we know already and which experts do we personally trust. What is the point in having choices if we place them in the hands of our governments and others to make for us. Being able to make many of our own choices is a wonderful development in our society as far as I can see.


7. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

1) Comfort eating
2) Diets (the best way to get fat AND to feel bad about yourself)

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm sticking with the personal reponsibility argument. How much more information do we need to know before we realize being obese will kill us?

Although I do lay a share of the blame at the feet of corporations who expolit people's efforts to improve their health: fast-food salads? An excuse to feel better about ordering a hamburger, too. Diet pills? An excuse to feel better about eating whatever you want. Etc. etc. etc.

Edit: Case in point: I got a free DanActive probiotic drink sample going into the Metro this morning. The front boasts about all its great healthy qualities, while the ingredients list sugar 3rd and glucose 7th. It's a sneaky way to sell a supposedy "healthy" product.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 19, 2007, at 5:46 AM by tway ]

9. Posted by Jennifer G (Budding Member 725 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Obesity has nothing to do with the food but the gene

10. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Some responsibility must be borne by TP members who start threads with the subject -

How do you like your chocolate?


Favourite Food Destinations


Have you ever eaten fish head or fish bones?

That last thread would be perfect for dietary encouragement

Moderation in everything except travel.