End Obesity in America? Not Likely Any Time Soon!
Are you overweight, obese or about 10-15 pounds above where you would like to see those vibrant digital numbers flash up on your scale when you hop on it in your naked glory before you get ready to make those pancakes you've been so longing to treat your family to? If you answered yes to any of these parameters, then you will be bored to hear that this month the anti-obesity establishment is unfolding a mega effort to attack your adipose (fat cells).
Beginning with the launch of the HBO program The Weight of the Nation which airs May 14th the anti-obeser institutions are coming out in full force. In upcoming weeks they are establishing a "nationwide community-based outreach campaign" against the fleshy rolls around your waist. Are you impressed that three influential public-health institutions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the nonprofit Institute of Medicine have collaborated with HBO to create a documentary? According to producer John Hoffmann they've done this to "sound the alarm" and get the nation to act?
Act? How? Lose weight? Ha, ha, ha. Right. "FAT CHANCE," you say snarkily. Well, you might show a little appreciation that finally, there is a concerted, unprecedented effort by the federal government (CDC, NIH) to reign in the country's endemic obesity plague and the rapidly rising instances of childhood obesity and diabetes. We have to do something. Americans are now exporting their diet and the pandemic of fat is becoming a global phenomenon. The federal government and media have been forced by obese feeders to create a coalition to inform and persuade against the perniciousness of excessive weight gain. Hear the urgency underlying my tone?
Problem! There is a disconnect between this latest media and governmental development and what is occurring in the culture. As a cultural receptor, I've witnessed the "alarm sounding" for decades. The medical industrial complex since the 1950s through spokespersons like Dr. Spock recommended that mothers restrict their children's diets to prevent weight gain because it was unhealthful. The husky size for boys and the chubbette size for girls was a stigma purposely leveled to brand overweight as unappealing and unattractive in children. Mothers were discouraged from allowing their kids to overeat and be fat. After all weren't girls supposed to be attractive and thin to fit in and not be criticized, ridiculed and rejected? Weren't the boys supposed to be muscular and athletic not scrawny or overweight? Look at the comics of the day and peruse them for the "funny" character shapes and types for skinny and fat folks.Continued on the next page