An Essay on the Politics of Obesity

There is increased and substantial public awareness that overweight and obesity is a crisis in the world. That has been, rightfully so, dramatically and ubiquitously present in the news, various reports, studies, and research across a myriad of strata, including every component of government, medicine, psychology, insurance, and so forth. The British have gone so far as to emphasize that the U.K. government must develop a “Strategic Policy” to deal with the obesity epidemic and implement change from the top-down. They compare this problem to the alleged “Global Warming” catastrophe predictions about our planet. Tackling Obesities: Future Choices It is interesting to note that the governments of the world feel a need to adapt policies for how people eat, and for policies on how they consume energy; and, in the alternative, how they don’t do these things properly. The bifurcation and trisection efforts to attempt to deal with this issue varies between the public and private sectors; and various mandates to “regulate” private citizens is profound in its ambition. That much is clear. What is not clear is what does “Global Warming” have to do with “Obesity?” That is beyond the scope of this essay—albeit, from a didactical point of view, the two are unrelated. Or are we in an International denial of our true selves? From Mr. Feiglin, he states the following in his editorial “Capital for Sale” “The West is imploding. The ability to distinguish between good and evil has been replaced by postmodernism. Freedom has been replaced by nihilistic servitude and capitalism has lost its refinement and cultural restraint. Instead of liberating man, it now enslaves him and has turned the masses - both rich and poor - into servants of the system. There is no need for gulags; Western society lives in golden cages, more enslaved and despondent than ever. There is no day of rest and no days of work; no working hours and no free time; no family time and no culture time. Everything is the shopping mall. Everything flows into the bottomless consumer pit. The air, water and oil that once empowered man's liberty have been exhausted and polluted. The foundations of the Western Tower of Babel are corroding away.” A sound rather dramatic isn’t it? We need to take a moment and be completely honest--with a marked degree of objectivity--regarding the amount of information about overweight and obesity, and other self-induced problems by us, in the western world. To be more germane, is this really something that is worthy of government intervention? Are not individuals really, in the end, responsible for their own health and destiny?

That is, how much they eat and may gain weight? Destroy their lives? The environment? Is the government giving the message to people that they are not really able to solve their weight problems? Or in the alternative, how they might starve themselves, take diet pills, make themselves throw-up, etc.? Have we lost our collective minds? Have we lost our collective self-control? Apparently, the answer is, unfortunately, yes. We obviously, don’t know how to solve these huge problems, and have left this unfortunate situation as untenable and inexplicably unsolved as it is simple. As an analogy, the budget deficit is the amount that we spend more than we receive. Fiscal integrity would dictate that, as a nation, as households, as consumers, as responsible adults—we shouldn’t live beyond our means. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? As the old saw goes: “You don’t solve problems; you survive them.” We believe that, you have come to the right place, with the right people, for the right reasons—we are here to provide you with every available tool, and quiver in our arsenal, to assist you to learn about proper nutrition, weight management, exercise, and long term behavioral change requisite to lead a healthy lifestyle. There is no question that the problems of overweight and obesity are, essentially, a giant mess. It is a huge problem. To ignore it, is to ignore reality. However, let’s reduce it to its most basic form. * If you smoke you put yourself at risk for cancer and other long term disease. * If you eat more than your body’s caloric output, you will gain weight. Seems simple, doesn’t it? In its most simple form, actually, it is. But therein lies the rub…………………………….. It’s not. These are complex problems requiring different approaches, strategies and policies. MINISYMPOSIUM ON OBESITY: Overview and Some Strategic Considerations I look forward with my readers and members, to carefully analyze and share viewpoints on this issue, and together we can make a team, a partnership, a community. Join Iowa Avenue and Weight1Minute™. Tell a friend. Get involved. Let’s have this journey of awareness and self-care together. © Iowa Avenue