Obesity is Caused by Laziness

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On every network: from every ‘expert,’ I continually hear reasons why the United States is the first or second most obese nation in the world.  I am fed up with justification for the truth.  Obesity in the United States is caused by laziness.

My advice to avoid obesity is ‘get off you’re a## and do something!

Americans will drive around a parking lot for ten minutes to find a space close to the entrance of a restaurant, retail store, and, yes, even a gym.  We are addicted to our automobiles.  We drive two blocks instead of walking.

I see it all the time.  In grocery stores, customers lean on their carts instead of briskly walking through the aisle.  At intersections, pedestrians walk as if they will die when they reach the other side.

The medical profession has labeled obesity ‘a disease.’  Why?  So insurance companies will be forced to pay for treatment of a situation which is self-imposed, and could be prevented.

America has never been a country that consumed a diet considered ‘healthy.’  When my brother and I grew up in the early 1960’s, our mother was a single parent.  She worked as many hours as her company allowed her.  We frequently had cereal, or even cake for breakfast; anything that would fill our stomachs.  The constant was that she always made our lunches for school, and cooked dinner for us.  She was forced to; there were no such things as ‘fast food restaurants’ where we could purchase a cheap and fat filled lunch.  Besides, we couldn’t wait to finish our lunch and participate in a sport.  (We wouldn’t have had the money to buy lunch anyway.)

The biggest difference in the food we ate was what we didn’t eat.  We didn’t eat between meals, with the exception of an apple, orange, or banana, and we didn’t drink sodas all day.  We drank water, and not from a bottle that polluted the environment.

The biggest difference was that we didn’t play sports on a game console or a computer.  We actually played the games.  Every park and playground had dozens of kids waiting for someone with a ball to choose sides and participate in the sport of choice.  We played before school, at lunch, and after school.  We didn’t sit, we ran.

I am not ‘anti-electronics,’ but they have their place.  Burying your face in a screen the majority of your life is a waste of time, and helps you gain weight and eventually become obese.

I doubt kids today would know how to play ‘hide-and-seek,’ or ‘tag.  I don’t believe a single mother has to look for her children at dusk to make them come inside before it was dark.

In every classroom, in every school, more than 50 percent of the students are overweight.  In my classroom, there may have been one or two.  Most of us were called ‘skinny.’  But we seldom sat, except during classes.

I loved television, but it was for early mornings, or after it was dark.  Staring at a screen of any type was not considered when we could be involved in an outdoor activity.

All the discussion, all the excuses by ‘analysts’ are ridiculous.  Obesity in America is caused by laziness.  The absence of walking, running, and simply playing, accounts for our serious overweight problem.

James Turnage
OP-ed