Most people* who sit, lounge, and hang behind a computer all day; who love to binge-watch t.v. series and have trouble not eating mindlessly – rejoice! Scientist now claim they have found a gene that is responsible for triggering increased hunger. (I don’t think, I have this gene because my hunger is usually triggered by mouth-watering commercials, driving by a bakery with gorgeous cupcakes in them, or pinning to many delicious looking food-photos on Pinterest.) However, if the scientists are right and it is indeed a gene that is telling us to binge-eat, than this is relieving news. If this is so, then obesity is indeed a threat and not something we are, because we are lazy, eat too much, or don’t care. Hopefully, scientists will find a way to help us as we help ourselves. After all, we should still try to eat healthy – sure, the gene triggers to eat a lot -but does it have to be fries? And yes, we should exercise. I know, the word alone makes some people cringe. Therefore, perhaps we should rename ‘exercise’ as the “fun-moving-your-sleepy-booty-around-while-hopping-for- joy-that-it’s-almost-Comic-Con” time! Because shouldn’t Comic Con pay some attention to this obesity threat that, let’s be honest, many Comic Con visitors know all to well?
Comic Con is all about entertainment: sitting and reading your favorite comics for hours, and as mentioned before: binge-watching the TV series you just can’t get enough of , movies you have to see all at the same time. (Let’s not forget trilogies, pentalogies, hexologies and heptalogies?) In addition to the endless parade of movies and computer games which do not promote any healthy approaches to eating less and moving more, should Comic Con do something about this obesity threat? They do want to have more Comic Cons, right? They also likely don’t want us to end up as the mindless, sitters and eaters like the people on the spaceship from “WALL-E.” (That scenario is getting more and more probable, isn’t it?)
For now, Comic Con has stated that they will address another threat, apart from obesity, that being sexual harassment. Comic Con stated:
“Attendees must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and pass of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.”
However, a lot of women have stated that these rules aren’t enforced when there is a clear need. There have been many reports over the years that women, either dressed up as their favorite fictional character or just being there as themselves, do not feel safe at Comic Con. Therefore it is time that Comic Con reevaluates some of their rules and regulations. They are the haven, for most people, to finally let their hair down, share their passion for Obi-Wan, John Snow, The Gov, Khaleesi, Tobias from Arrested Development and hear about new and exciting shows and movies etc., which are coming soon. But Comic Con could be more than that. They could educate people about the threat to their health which obesity is and “how” not sexually harass people.
What do you think? Should Comic Con address the obesity health threat? Should they take a firmer stance on sexual harassment? Tell us in the comments.
By Georgina Pijttersen
*(I do include myself as well, so no need to become angry. I am not size zero either, but I do think we all should exercise in order to counteract the “too much sitting experience.” In addition; mindless eating, thy name is the fat on my legs.)