It is sweet of Jake Blumberg to take the side of the obese; however, obesity is far from a disease. Some have predispositions such as metabolic diseases and thyroid disorders that make weight loss difficult. This does not alter the fact that if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. This applies to everyone, including those unfortunate individuals afflicted with this "disease." A disease, I will mention, that was mysteriously absent in generations previous to our parents. No one will hesitate to tell a friend that smoking is not good for them; however, it is viewed as insensitive and offensive to let someone know they need to lose weight. Obesity-related diseases are quickly gaining ground on smoking as the leading cause of death in this country. Megan Shulz's article should not be viewed as an attack, and it is far from a "big, insensitive fat joke."
It is an in-your-face article, which addresses health and healthcare costs.
People are killing themselves everyday with the choices they make regarding their diet, and they are throwing away healthcare dollars because they can't reduce excess weight to a reasonable, healthy level.
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