Land of the Free, Home of the Obese

22 Mar

Americans love to believe we’re number one. It’s probably a safe bet to say that one category for which that’s true is obesity. And we’re getting the over-sized ambulances to prove it:

Does anyone besides me find this embarrassing?

— the chaplain


Posted by on March 22, 2012 in society


8 responses to “Land of the Free, Home of the Obese

  1. Moe

    March 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Chappy, I am Trustee for a community beach ferry operation. It’s been in operation for almost 50 years (same boat, we’ve kept it in tip top shape). Our passenger capacity has been 19 persons for all of that time. And for all that time, the they calculated the ‘average’ weight in the US (for passenger counts like this one) at 140 pounds. They adjusted it this year – first time. It’s now 185 pounds. And we can only carry 13 people.

    And that’s the world we’re must protect because if we let Michelle Obama take the sugar out of school, we’ll lose our freedom.! (But not our freedom fries!)

  2. Moe

    March 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Forgive tte typos above. My fingers are getting so fat! But I must perform my patriotic duty, so it’s off to Dairy Queen with me!!!

  3. The Blog Fodder

    March 23, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I can’t remember when I last weighed 300 lbs. 20 years ago maybe. Good thing I don’t need an ambulance. At 6’3″ I am a big man. Ah well, when I die, they can give me an enema and liposuction and bury me in a shoe box.
    People abuse food for the same reason they abuse alcohol or drugs. It is a sign of something gone deeply wrong in society. All the wars on food or on drugs address only the symptoms not the cause. The American Dream is pretty much dead and the 99% know it.

  4. desertscope

    March 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I tell my wife never to buy a box of cookies, a cake, or a pie. She buys one anyway, then wonders what happened to it. Bringing cookies into my house is like leaving full syringes laying around a rehab center. I am no longer heavy, but I am powerless against Chips Ahoy, Oreos, or, worse, high quality stuff. As a relatively short person (5’7″), I only dip into the 140s after a long race (half marathon or longer) and then, only for a day or two. I wonder where in the world 140 is considered average for an adult.

  5. Poppy

    March 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    It is sad, but why would you personally find it embarrassing? Society has changed dramatically in the last 75 years and since you are an educated woman I don’t need to explain how all the changes in technology, food availability and quality, etc. have impacted our culture leading to such high obesity rates. People of lower incomes are often obese because they have to choose affordability of an item over nutrition. As a person who has struggled with weight issues my entire life (no, I am not 600lbs) I find it irritating when people make comments like this. We all struggle with issues, although many are not visible to the outside world and hence not privy to scrutiny and judgement…lucky you.

  6. the chaplain

    March 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for your comments, everyone. Poppy, I agree that we all struggle with issues and weight is one I’ve struggled with all my life. Through a hell of a lot of hard work – no luck involved – I’ve gotten down to a healthy weight in the past year or so. Keeping it there is something I’ll be working on every day for the rest of my life. I haven’t arrived and everything is good now. Nope. It’s a constant lifestyle and process. I’m not trying to judge people, but I am judging the culture. If the USA really wants to be number one, then this is an issue Americans have to tackle. We’re killing ourselves, or, what may be worse, condemning ourselves to living lives limited by what our meds enable us to do. Things like the news item above should wake us up to the need for serious changes culturally, politically and socially as well as personally because the personal choices are constrained by social, economic, political and cultural factors. We should demand better from ourselves, our government and our society. I didn’t mean for the post to offend individuals, but I can see how it would do so. But I definitely meant to critique the culture that accepts this as inevitable and often promotes it.

  7. Brian M

    March 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Another struggler here…sugar is a constant craving for me. I am an obsessive cyclist and hiker (i walked up hills in the damn rain this weekend) and that has helped (I weighed 40 pounds more 3 years ago), but I am by no means 140 pounds…I think I was in junior high when I weighed that!

    On a minor note…what is wrong with a country that has this burning need, this constantly proclaimed and propagandized demand, to be number one? One also needs to be careful when using the term “we”. Given U.S. government policies and actions over the last fifty+ years, I refuse to use the term “we”. even though my taxes help fund the carnage and oppression.

  8. PhillyChief

    March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

    And this is one of the many reasons why the rest of the world hates us. Real Housewives of wherever, Jersey Shore, Man vs. Food, etc.


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