Unlike most epidemics, obesity is more prevalent in the industrialized north than the developing world. In the US, the most overweight country, rates of obesity have doubled since 1980. Sixty-six percent of Americans over 20 are overweight, with half of them qualifying as obese. Seventeen percent of American children are obese.
The corporate media – and much of the medical establishment – would have us believe that obesity is caused by poor self-control and bad lifestyle choices. This attitude has led to a growing call for a “fat tax” to penalize naughty fat people who can’t control themselves.
It’s nonsensical to blame individuals for a condition afflicting a broad cross section of society. Yet as Americans, it’s part of our conditioning to see social problems as the result of individual shortcomings.
The fact remains that social problems always have political and social causes, especially a condition like obesity, which is…
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