Saturday, July 16, 2005

America's Obsession

America’s obsession has reached new heights. The weight obsession that we are confronted with every single day via magazine, internet, tv and movies, has finally made an impact on the youngest of our generations. I was wandering around Target today, one of my favorite pastimes. As I passed by the children’s section, I was trapped behind a slow moving family. Two little kids who couldn’t have been more than 6 years old were hurtling insults back and forth to each other. The big insult was calling each other fat, both children were lean in that never ending energetic way. I was horrified, to think that the youngest generation understood the negative connotation of what it meant to be called fat. They knew it was an insult and hurtful to say. What happened to the days when the worst insult of a 6 year old was dodo head or stupid head. Our adult obsession had reached epic proportions where even little children are concerned about their weight. Amazing.....................

Now I am not excused from this obsession. I too, participate in its guilt and unhealthy habits. The fad diets , vitamins and pills that promise to melt away the lbs, and me hoping that my body mirrors an image that society and the media has deemed acceptable and attractive. Anything to fit in single digit size. But seeing young children pick up on America’s lack of self esteem is heart breaking.


At 10:04 PM, Blogger Michele said...

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At 10:17 PM, Blogger Michele said...

America is obessed because so many of us are in fact obese. No other country shares this obsession because they do not have a problem with obesity the way we do here. Sad but true.

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Why is it that Americans have such a huge problem with obesity? Can it be that because we are from a society that focuses so much on being thin that we've, in fact, caused the obesity problem? Our obsession has back-fired?

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Michele said...

Well I am sure you have seen super size me and know one of our big problems are serving sizes. How have they gotten so huge? In Europe the serving sizes are no where near as large. I think a lot of americans either have no idea what is a healthy balanced meal, or they just don't care. Mary knows someone who refuses to eat vegetables, at all! Can you believe that?

At 12:49 PM, Blogger mary said...

Because being an American means we have cars. Heaven forbid anyone walk 3 blocks to the bus stop, or ride a bike to work. It means we don't have to work in fields or shipyards - instead we sit in front of the computer. We watch tv instead of play sports. We sit around drinking beer and snacking on chips instead of taking evening walks or working in the yard. We pay people to wash our cars and mow our lawns while we go to movies and sit around reading magazines.
And no body stopped to think about where do all the calories go?
Our concern with being "fat" or "obese" is a natural reaction in the process of adjusting ourselves to living in a society where we don't burn calories - but we sure as hell consume them.
And Vegetables? Who needs vegetables?


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