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Whose fault is it that many of us are now fat?

  1. cydro profile image87
    cydroposted 6 years ago

    Whose fault is it that many of us are now fat?

    Is the American diet that has left 2/3 of the country overweight a matter of personal decision or government and corporate decisions?

  2. jtyler profile image58
    jtylerposted 6 years ago

    Both, but especially personal descision.

  3. Merlin Fraser profile image77
    Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago

    I would say the fault is entirely of their own making... Blaming Governments or Corporations shows a remarkable childish and immature attitude don’t you think ?    These are the same individuals who claim they are not over weight just big boned... or the fault is within their Genes....

    Sad little people who make excuse after excuse to justify their own lack of self control or a willingness to accept responsibility for their own lifestyle choices their weakness just has to be someone else’s fault.   

    I have visited the US of A on several occasions and have to say I’m pretty sure that the stores, supermarkets and restaurants I visited had plenty of healthy food options and no one held a gun to my head and demanded I over ate, although I did think many of the restaurant portions were obscenely large.

  4. puddingicecream profile image75
    puddingicecreamposted 6 years ago

    I also agree that it's a matter of personal decision.

  5. Loveslove profile image58
    Lovesloveposted 6 years ago

    How can anyone blame another human being for what they put into their mouth !!?

    If a person is fat and its not a medical problem that they are that way then its their own silly fault ..eat too much and you will get fat....I guarantee it 100%

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    jasper420posted 6 years ago

    it is none other than by our own fault we choose to eat the foods we do we can blame others if thats what makes us feel better but we control our own weight only we can control what goes into our bodies

  7. Phil Plasma profile image76
    Phil Plasmaposted 6 years ago

    How differently would people answer this question if they also had to indicate how much they weighed in their answer?

  8. CyclingFitness profile image94
    CyclingFitnessposted 6 years ago

    I feel that in adults obesity is a personal problem which the person can do something about.

    However in children the issue gets complicated
    Parents have to shoulder most of the blame as do schools for not doing enough to positively affect diet and encourage more exercise. The media also glamourises fast food and therefore adverts aimed at children for non heathy food should be banned.

  9. sacredlilac profile image74
    sacredlilacposted 6 years ago

    I second the thought that we choose individually what we put into our mouth, and how much of it we consume. Even with healthy food, like rice and lentils, eating too much will eventually make you overweight.

    The hectic lifestyle we lead makes it appealing to eat fast food or to "eat out of a box". How healthy is it to consume a lot of preservatives which are added to your prepared or frozen meal so that it can have a longer shelf life? But it seems so much easier to open a can of vegetables than cut them up. However, the detriment is the ingesting of all the additional salt and preservatives put into the canned food. This is a personal choice that we have to make as well.

    I've heard of (and applaud) the schools that are taking out vending machines full of soda. It is a bold move.

    The other point to consider is how much exercise people get. I know several people who get winded just walking up a flight of stairs--yet they are in their 30s! It's important to have a balance of a healthy diet and exercise. It is not necessary to exercise for hours a day like I was taught as a child; 15-30 minutes of exercise a day does wonders.

    As for the government, well, I currently live in England and they are considering putting flouride in the water because the children's teeth are so bad. There is a lot of research *against* putting flouride in water...but it is so much easier to do that than point the finger at the parents who are either not educating their children about food choice or making sure their children take care of their teeth or whatever other reason I am not listing here.

    Governments are doing some education about healthy eating. But is it enough to counter the clever marketing of the fast food and candy companies? I don't think so.

  10. rob_allen profile image85
    rob_allenposted 6 years ago

    Oh, for me its a matter of personal decision.

    BTW, i have a hub about weight loss, you might want to take a peek. http://hubpages.com/hub/12-Rules-To-Los … eight-Loss

  11. ShootersCenter profile image73
    ShootersCenterposted 6 years ago

    It's our own fault, Americans have become fat and lazy spending too much time indoors watching TV, playing video games,texting and playing on the computer. I love the outdoors but many times when I come home from work I hardly leave my couch. After my daughter's wedding photos can back I realized that I was getting fat and have begun a regular work out routine before leaving for work and have dropped 30lbs.

  12. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 6 years ago

    it the fat person's fault . we don't have to eat all the bad foods, sit around doing nothing, drive a car instead of walking everywhere, watch tv for our main sourse of entertainment etc. i see how mcdonalds gets sued in the U.S. because kids got fat and i find that so stupid, words can't describe it.

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    Marie-AnneLeClercposted 6 years ago

    "You Are What You Eat" - going back to the old cliche. Whilst somewhat outdated, it still proves true. I also think society doesn't help promote 'healthy living' and healthy diets with  all the junk food and fast food outlets that are popularly run in the main-stream media.

  14. clintonb profile image59
    clintonbposted 6 years ago

    I think this is only a kind of frustration that the obese person puts on others for his own fault. Thats bad. Its just the person's fault. We should just take care of our own lifestyle..otherwise whats the point? Dont blame the foods..blame yourself.

  15. cydro profile image87
    cydroposted 6 years ago

    I disagree with just about all of you haha.  I'd say it's at least 50/50 between personal decisions and government/corporate decisions.

    Here's why: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-American-Food-Dilemma

  16. INDIAGUIDE profile image36
    INDIAGUIDEposted 6 years ago

    Our diet is the fault. Availability without any labour is another culprit. But friend everything is in your hand. Keep it in mind while taking calorie.

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    sberlangaposted 6 years ago

    What you eat is a personal/financial decision. For those who dont have a lot of money to spend the dollar menu at some fast food chains are very convenient. It's hard for some people to spend more than that. I personally dont eat any fast food.