The documentary covers many aspects of the obesity situation in the US, and comes out with a clear conclusion: it is the societal pressures put on individuals that contribute heavily in getting us fat and sick. We are no less responsible than the generations before us were. We have no less willpower on average that our parents did.
To all those who think obesity is just a matter of parents educating their kids, or a person exercising self control – think again. To tackle the obesity crisis, we need to unravel vast business and political interests that are almost incomprehensible. Americans are facing impossible odds coming from various industries that profit mightily from the current obesogenic economy:
- Junk food manufacturers (over 100 billion dollars in annual revenues)
- Fast food establishments (over 300 billion dollars)
- Weight Loss (tens of billions of dollars)
- Supplements (tens of billions)
- Healthcare (over 150 billion dollars annually in obesity related treatments)
President Calvin Coolidge once famously said that the “Business of America is business.” It seems that our society has taken this to an extreme without heeding the warning he added:
“Of course the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence.
We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things that we want very much more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction.”
Seems like we need to get off the money train and back to some of the basics that have made this country so great. Easier said than done.
What do you suggest?