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To Obese Or Not To Obese

May 3, 2022

This concludes a three post series about the American people:

To obese or not to obese – That is America’s question.

Whether ’tis nobler in the butt to suffer
The fries and sides and outrageous hamburgers
Or to take arms against a sea of sodas
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep in cardiac arrest…

Hamlet aside, it really boils down to some pretty basic decisions. Do Americans want to be healthy or the obese, heart attack waiting to happen dolts they often appear to be? Do they want to line-up at fast food portals or use some common sense in their eating habits? Personally, I got out of the fast food cue over five decades ago and I never looked back. But what about my countrymen?

Americans are recognized the world over for being over weight, fat or whatever other euphemism you would like to apply. Basically, we are an obese nation in need of exercise and proper nutrition. We have been hearing this din for decades and yet we don’t seem to listen.

If you wear a medium or large shirt, good luck in finding one at any store. The selection has increasingly been narrowed (pun intended) to XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL and 5XL. These sizes should be simply replaced with way big, super big, humongous, and outrageous. As Mr. T would say, “Pity the poor fool who’s looking for a normal size!” This applies to men and women. It’s sad that most Americans need to cover themselves with the equivalent of two table cloths!

The optimum exercise that most of us receive is that brief pulse we use to tap our smart phones. Things like walking, running and lifting have largely been discarded in favor of sitting, standing and eating. No wonder we look like a nation of Hostess Snoballs! The 44 ounce soft drink has replaced water and has become super portable to boot. Look around in any store, airport, football game or public gathering and you’ll sure to see what I mean. We have two-fister soda guzzlers everywhere! Add the chips, fast food and frozen meals and the reality of the situation becomes as scary a 400 pound Walmart shopper on the prowl at the in-store McDonalds.

We do have a choice in all of this if we would only listen to our medical community or even ourselves for that matter. No one wants to be obese, right? Well, maybe and maybe not. Being obese seems to be becoming an American norm and one that is all too often accepted as inevitable. We now have TV programs featuring and glamorizing the obese. Many people are plain fat and proud of it. We have made obesity on the same par as underprivileged and hundreds of other protected classes of our citizenry.

The next time you find yourself going to the 5XL rack with a three quart Coke and pork rinds in your hands, you may want to ponder the question: To Obese Or Not To Obese.

A little PS for any doubters: I have never been obese but I have been to the funerals of dozens who were.

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  1. Well shared 😊👌

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