Is the Obesity Epidemic a Result of Our Stupidity?

The obesity epidemic is real.  In fact, it is estimated that by the year 2020, three out of four Americans will be obese.  This uncontrolled weight gain can be attributed to poor diet choices on a personal level, however can it also be said that the corporations and organizations that control our food are to blame?  What follows is an opinion piece from Justin Stoneman that appeared on HuffingtonPost.com.  What do you think?  Is America a big, fat, stupid nation? Is the obesity epidemic a result of corporate control over dietary recommendations? America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation – by Justin Stoneman America, I love you. Sure, you’ve had your naughty moments, but what country hasn’t? Ultimately, I believe your filthy, battered heart is in the right place. This particular Irishman gazes over the ocean, happy to dream your dream. Yet, the title staring down at you is said as ‘fact’. Disagree? OK, good, then let us begin… Latest figures confirm the ridiculous: three out of four of you will be ‘overweight or obese’ by 2020. To gauge perspective: there are now more ‘fat’ people than ‘white’ people in America. Perhaps our bigots of the future will swing their hatred away from ‘race’ to the slim and healthy. The shrinking minority are, indeed, the shrinking minority. Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick…celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat (except the ones fed by humans). Yet that simple...

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