Obesity in the United States is at an all time high and rising. You would think with all the awareness and information currently available this would reverse, but it continues to grow. The most alarming, is the level of childhood obesity.
I just finished reading a post and the related comments in a public forum. The post showed a photo of a billboard with overweight young girl and an extremely rude and hurtful caption (WARNING- It’s hard to be a little girl if you’re not. Stop Childhood Obesity). The first thing that came to my mind, what parent in their right mind would allow a photo of their young daughter be used in that ad (no amount of money is worth that).
So I started to read the comments below the post. The common seemed to be a lot of blame on parents. While it is true that your tastes and eating “habits” are formed in the early years of life and parents determine what their child is eating; there is one thing no one seems to be taking into account here. Right or wrong, in most cases, obese parents will raise obese children. In most cases the parents need to be helped not made to be villains. Sure it’s true there are people who fully know the consequences of poor diet and continue to eat at McDonalds daily and don’t really care, and continue to feed their children in the same irresponsible way they eat. Shame on them.
There is also a large group of people who know they shouldn’t be eating the way they are but can’t stop. They know if they continue to eat the way they are it will eventually kill them; and they know they’re passing this on to their children but can’t stop. That’s right I sad they can’t.
There is more than one reason for this. Let’s start with addiction, just like drugs, alcohol, and nicotine; people can be addicted to food. Another reason is emotion; a lot of overweight people eat based on emotion; a lot of times because of a past traumatic event.
The bottom line is this, in most cases (not all), most; people need to be helped, they need to be educated and they need to receive some type of counseling. Overweight/obese/morbidly obese people are not bad people and they don’t deserve to be treated like criminals, or pointed at and made fun of. The need help, period.
That’s all……………………………..

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