Here we go again, folks! I am about to reach in my pocket and give you my two cents. Today I am going to touch base on obesity, which is an obvious statement because you folks can see that in the title. More specifically I want to touch base on how obesity is viewed by the public. I believe people rely on the statement “obesity is genetic” way too much. In my eyes, I view obesity as more of an environmental circumstance.
*Note: These opinions are my own and do not reflect those of other GNT staff.
So why in the holy Hello Kitty do I think this? Well let’s look at it this way: If you grow up in a household where junk food or bad eating habits exist, that’s all you’re going to know. You’re going to eat/drink how you parents do. You don’t really realize as a kid that this is wrong or bad for you. This is just what is available to you. You aren’t the one going to the grocery store picking up marshmallow covered butter, or whatever. You don’t get to make the choices most of the time, such as what is for dinner for example, choices are made for you. Think of it this way (this may be a stretch, but just humor me here), you grow up in a home where only Spanish is spoken. Then by Zeus’ thunderbolt, you are going to grow up to speak Spanish, because it’s the only language you have been around!
Advertising doesn’t help much either. Obviously most overweight children don’t get enough activity, so most of their time is spent on their butt doing things such as watching TV. This is again attributed to the role model(s) of the house–monkey see, monkey do. If they don’t see their parents doing it, they probably aren’t going to take an interest. Anyway, you don’t see commercials popping up saying, “Chiquita bananas are awesome!” You see commercials for sugary foods and how awesome the kids are that eat them. “Look, mom, Pop-Tarts can help you skate board better and get chicks!” Yeah, I don’t think so.
Now I don’t account for environmental elements being 100% of the problem. Some I do account to science. I think that the way people handle stressful situations are a chemical catalyst. Some turn to food because of chemical releases in their brain. Food helps them feel the void of work stress, loneliness, pain, etc.
So, there’s my two cents, world! I hope this article didn’t upset anyone. I just wanted to write it to A: get it off my chest, but B: make you think a little. If there is any rebuttal or support towards this article, please let us know!