News Obesity a Lifestyle Choice?
posted by January 12 at 9:37 AMon
So says “health economist” Eric Finkelstein in his new book The Fattening of America, which argues that affluence and advanced medical care leads some people—a majority in the USA, it seems—to choose obesity. You can read the article here, you can find the fat activist/acceptance types fuming here.
This is from the AFP story:
Obesity is not a choice for Alley English, a 28-year-old mother from Missouri who has struggled with a weight problem all her life.
“If you knew that you could be what society considers normal, why would you not choose to do that?” English told AFP. “As we get older, life does get more rushed and we do tend to make the easier choices sometimes,” English, who currently weighs 392 pounds (178 kilograms), told AFP.
“But you can’t say if you quit going to the drive-through, exercise more and eat more vegetables, you’ll lose weight. There are so many more factors involved.”
No, you certainly can’t say that you’ll lose weight if you stop eating fast food, get more exercise, and eat more vegetables. It’s true, of course, but you’re not allowed to say it.