Obesity’s not the problem, it’s the result
This panel showed up recently in my favorite comic strip Pearls Before Swine. Two Days later, this one popped up.
First of all, he lampoons self-help books and the hunger (pun intended) for notoriety. Then he gets to the crux of the problem – discipline. Obesity’s just one of the results of a lack of discipline. The discipline concept is further amplified by Rat’s desire to create a top-selling book by just writing three words. But then, how many do you need?
I’m not intending to diminish the serious issue of obesity, nor do I feel Pastis is. The ideas here being that if discipline and personal responsibility are exercised, many cases of obesity could be avoided. (Yes, exercise there is an intended double entendre as well.)
Sometimes nature and genetics are responsible for weight gain, but the farmer, the food preparation and manufacturing industries and the government are not. We make the choice of what – and how much – goes into our mouths.
Farmers grow food to meet human needs. The food industry, like any other industry, creates products that the public demonstrates they want to purchase. Government is government. It can be held responsible for many things, but not what or how much you stuff in your gut.
Individuals, and society as a whole, need to stop scapegoating and accept personal responsibility to end this “epidemic.”
Michael Pollan and I seldom share the same opinions, but on this we agree with Rat – eat less.