What if your house is empty and your stomach is full, but you have a bowl full of crunchy somethings sitting in your lap that will make the nothing on television seem bearable?

Beautifully stark, best sentence in the whole piece.

This article does a great job at illuminating just how complex of a problem obesity has become.

    Let’s just eat and eat, get fatter and fatter, and work out how best to live with it. This is where we are heading now: fatness, outside of morality, as an accepted consequence of the world as we have made it.

I don't want to say that I'm sympathetic to fat shaming, but I will admit that I find the counter movement (I'm looking at you, Tumblr) pathetic. I'm not going to demand legislation forcing anyone to become thin, but if people don't understand that their lifestyle is killing them and cry foul when confronted with that reality, whether from internet trolls or their physician, that's when I throw up my hands and walk away.

Primarily, the burden on the healthcare system and taxpayers concern me. Second, people are missing out on undeniably more fulfilling lives. Third (oh god, these are selfish), they're robbing the world of attractive people, and fourth, they're spilling over into my airplane seat.

And no, I'm not a perfect person... please see the above paragraph, for starters. I'm sorry if this offends anyone, discussing this is more difficult than tip-toeing on eggshells, but I'll give it a go.

posted by _refugee_: 1539 days ago