I’ve written articles about our society’s obesity epidemic and I’ve gotten angry feedback, from apparently overweight individuals, stating that they know they are fat and they like it – telling me to leave them alone and it is not my problem. I don’t want to judge or put people down. I honestly hope to inform and inspire people to get healthy, and even sexy, inside and out.
However, the reality is, obesity is a societal problem because it is costing us dearly. According to Yahoo, “It has been estimated that in 2003 as much as $75 billion of the nation’s public health cost, approximately half of which was publicly funded, was attributable to obesity. If obesity rates continue at their current levels, obesity related spending is projected to increase to $343 billion in 2018. That’s more than the GDP of Denmark.” Unfortunately, we all need to be concerned about this issue.
Addictions come in all forms from smoking to eating to alcohol and drugs. When an individual is facing drug or alcohol addiction, family and friends often do an intervention that is led by a trained psychologist. I think people need to start helping their obese loved ones in the same manner. We cannot control people but at least we can show our love for those who need help and express our concern for their lives. In the end, it is up to each individual to make the choices and the changes. But the path is increasingly getting worse and we need to stop ignoring those who may need a helping hand.
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