In America's Waistline: The Politics of Fat, Laura Kipnis discusses how the growing population of obese people in the US are demanding more rights. Rather than trying to do something about their dangerous health predicament, these people are openly giving up and flaunting their fatness. One example of a such a political group that has formed is National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Of course, not all obese people are as proud of their fat, so take this with a political grain of salt.
Ms. Kipnis states an interesting fact:
In the course of a lifetime, 9 out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women are going to become overweight. The CDC says that a third of the country is currently obese.
She also says that many obese claim that glandular problems are the cause of their fatness, and that they can't do anything about it. But, as she points out, America's rise of fatness correlates extremely closely to the fast food and processed food boom of the 1970's - implying that most obese people tall have fallen prey to making poor food choices.
But then again, there are just so many poor food choices out there. When I walk into a grocery store, I always thing 90% of the store is junk that I'd never touch. What do I recommend? Plenty of fiber, some protein, complex carbs, green veggies, apples, organic bread, veggie burgers and milk.
(By the way, if you read Laura Kipner's article, you may notice that she uses lots of big words. No, not in the scientific or medical way, but big words as if she's some kind of English professor. As it turns out, she's a Professor of Media Studies at Northwestern. No wonder!)