Originally Posted by JSB
I hate to say it, but here in the US, it seems normal dress like a slob. I'm all for dressing casually and comfortably, but there is such a thing as taking it too far, and seeing people in jeans and sneakers out at a nice restaurant, or wearing sweatpants and a ratty t-shirt out shopping, it's a bit sad. My grandparents' generation would never have dressed like that to go out.
As for obesity, it's destructive and absolutely out of control. I don't think anyone should be shamed for being overweight or treated cruelly, but being obese should not be considered an "acceptable option" or "normal". It isn't; it's completely abnormal to the human organism to carry around 50%+ of it's bodyweight as fat. It's destroying people's health and shortening their lives, it's a public health crisis, and it's been brought about by corporate "food producers" loading up all our "food" with high fructose corn syrup and feeding people massive portions of overprocessed garbage that screws with their insulin levels, keeps them always hungry, and sets them up for type 2 diabetes.
The US needs to remove the farm subsidies on corn that keep the price of HFCS artificially low and insist that schoolchildren be fed healthy meals --- it's a hell of a lot easier to avoid gaining weight in the first palce than it is to try to lose it later. Dieting is not the answer; changing our diets wholesale is.
Just to add: the alternative to "obese" should not be "anorexic". People should be happy to be at their "set point" healthy weight and not made to feel inadequate if they don't have a body like a runway model.
I was completely shocked when I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. The first season kept me in a constant state of shock, from seeing what they give to kids in schools, to seeing kids who don't know how potato looks like at the age of six, to seeing what a normal family eats, to seeing obese people (that wasn't an exaggeration when I said we generally don't have obese people in Lithuania, I have never seen people that fat), to seeing obese kids (WTF are they parents thinking) to realizing that obesity is not only an aesthethic issue but also one of the main causes of death in US. That's just scary.
P.S. One of my favorite episodes was the one where I found out that apparently, a french frie is officially a vegetable in U.S. What's wrong with people who watch after nutrition in schools? Do they want to kill the entire generation or what?