Okay here it is people, I am about to blow your mind. I have figured out how to solve the obesity epidemic once and for all. I have done a lot of research and I believe I have the answer to our problems and, get this, I am going to share it right here (for free!). Are you ready? Here is how we solve our obesity problem:
Don’t think of it as a problem! Let’s repeat: Obesity is not a problem.
Now say that five times and sprinkle in some fairy dust…There you go, problem solved. It is that simple. Now let’s focus our energy on real problems.
Now you may be thinking, “Wait! What about all the health issues? What about the costs? What about (insert issue here)?” And these are valid concerns. But the problem is not obesity. The problem is not a person’s size. We need to look waaayyyy deeper to find the actual problem.
Most experts (and there are a lot of people who claim to be experts) can tell you why we have an obesity epidemic. They cite environmental issues like “there are too many fast food places” or physical problems like “people are too sedentary.” They say that we eat too much junk food and not enough fruits and vegetables. And I agree with these statements. But these issues are not just fat-person problems. They are every-person problems. Just because a person is thin, does not mean they are immune from the poor health that results from eating unwholesome food and remaining sedentary. I believe that if we look deeper and try to figure out WHY we have developed these unwholesome habits we will find the answer is very simple yet utterly complex. The simple answer is- we are human and life is hard. We experience a wide range of emotions but often don’t know how to deal with them. We all could use more life-coping skills and better everyday habits. The complex part is trying to establish those habits and learning to incorporate life skills. Our problem is not obesity. The problem is not someones size. Our epidemic is not limited to fat people. It is a problem with supporting and caring for the mind so that health-promoting behaviors can normalize.
So what do you think? Do you think obesity is a problem in itself?
Side note: I will say that some people have never received nutrition education and with some very knowledge these folks can improve their health-promoting behaviors with a few simple changes. But in our information age, I would argue that this is more than likely the exception to the rule.