In a desperate attempt to prevent someone dragging another Senate thread offtopic I'm posting this thread for a general discussion on obesity and it's current high prevelence in western society. Undoubtedly the current economic high, and the world domination of high fat fast food establishments, coupled with the reduction of physical education in schools has bred a generation of obese people. Why ? In my opinion, the tolerance of obesity, coupled with a BS sympathy attitude has made it socially acceptable to be obese and not do anything about it. There is absolutely no reason that ANYONE should be obese, because the simple fact is that you are only a product of what you put into your own mouth. Let's see what the [link=http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/understanding.htm]US Government[/link] says about the causes of obesity. Genetic factors - undoubtedly your genes have a huge amount of control over what your body does to what goes into your mouth. However, only YOU control what goes into your mouth. Environmental factors - this includes lifestyle behaviors such as what a person eats and his or her level of physical activity. This is the major one, and where the real 'choice' is situated. Although you cannot change your genetic makeup, you can change your eating habits and levels of activity. Psychological factors / Biological Disorders - this is the controversial one. Many of the obese have genuine disorders which prevent them from realising they are 'full-up' when eating. Bottomline is however, that they are still a product of what they eat, and it's noone fault but their own. I personally could eat and eat (I often feel hungry after eating) - however, its obvious to me that if I continue to eat then I'll put on weight, and I don't want that. What does the US Government suggest as treatment ? A combination of diet, exercise and behavior modification. <img src="http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/images/energy_balance.gif"> It's as simple as this - if you eat more than your body needs then you will put on weight. So, give me one good reason why someone should be obese ?