So I found some fear-of-fat stories posted in the "Health" section of the ABC News website today:
“Can Air-Conditioning Make You Fat?” Of course it can. Otherwise they wouldn't do an article about it. In fact, air conditioning
is just one of many potential factors that could be driving America's obesity epidemic, said David Allison, director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Damn that obesity epidemic for getting caused by everything good in life. But maybe there’s hope: KFC Sued For Fattening Menu because they fry their chicken in a type of fat that’s very very bad for you.
So how much Kentucky Fried Chicken do you suppose was consumed by people who eventually went on to get gastric bypass surgery? There’s a lot more people getting that surgery these days, by the way. Obesity Surgery Increases By 600 Percent, according to ABC. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing; turns out Gastric Bypass Might be A Smart Move For Teens:
while the surgery has its risks, its benefits (mainly reducing the risk of obesity-related diseases like heart attacks and diabetes) seem to outweigh the dangers, raising an important question: What about adolescents? Is teen obesity serious enough to warrant the surgery, too?
New research seems to suggest that the answer is yes.
It’s impossible to go to the “Health” section of any news website without seeing stories about how Americans are fat, and it’s dangerous and unattractive, and somebody ought to do something about it. Hell, it’s so damned commonplace and boring that I hardly know why I even bothered blogging the topic.
By the way, here’s another health story ABC currently has posted:
“Kids Getting Thinspiration From Dangerously Skinny Stars”
Research shows 80 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat, and many of them are getting "thinspiration" from the growing list of young Hollywood celebrities who seem to be shrinking before our eyes. . . . More than half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys adopt unhealthy weight-control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.
Now why do you suppose kids today have such an obsessive fear of being fat? Beats me. Must be one of those mysteries mankind is destined never to solve.