As reported in the USA Today, the United States is the fattest nation among 33 countries with advanced economies. Now that is something to be proud of! If you didn't already know by just looking around, 2/3 of us are overweight and 1/3 are obese. This blog is not "anti-fat" but "pro-health". The two, fat and health, don't play well together. I have heard the case that people can be fit and fat and there may be something to that but the reality is we are eating ourselves to death. Here is some interesting advice from the same article:
"Obesity must be tackled by a multi-pronged approach that involves a combination of strong policy measures at the same time as individual management issues are addressed by physicians and their teams," he says.
The report "makes the case for a much more robust set of government and societal actions," Rigby says.
I have to say, as a doctor in the trenches, that policy measures and governmental actions seem nice to say but are ridiculous to employ. The government just wants to say they are doing something about this issue but what it really does come to down to is PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. How is that for a novel concept. You cannot force someone to eat right, eat less and exercise. And no pill has ever worked.
I don't want this blog to turn into a "I hate fat people" rant. It is not. In fact, I come from a family of obese people. No, this is about making our country healthier and not bankrupting our healthcare system. If the government wants to do anything about this "epidemic" than it could stop subsidizing cheap calories - a story for another day.