Just been watching the tail end of truly shocking programme about obesity in America - fuck, and there was me thinking the Scots had it bad lol. I nearly vomited at one point, they showed some really nasty stuff as woman was hoisted out of bed by her husband : /
I have little insight into why it's such a big problem in the US, I suppose like many other Europeans I've assumed it has much with fast food culture and how it's firmly embedded in your society. But is it the sole reason, does all of it stem from this?, I suspect not.
Why do you Americans think the problem so extreme right now, why is the percentage of those that are clinically obese so ridiculously high? Also, what with the new health reforms coming into force fairly soon, isn't this issue of obesity a ticking time bomb waiting to explode?. The world health organization links a wide array of minor to major illnesses directly to being overweight or clinically obese. Now, with the obesity rate so notably high in the US, surely this is going to put a major arse strain on any future health service America has.
How would you feel about the clinically and morbidly obese being refused treatment, simply because they have one or two chins too many, would you consider that fair?, stroke your chins and think about it. Here in the UK. there have actually been rumblings along these lines among seniors in our health profession. in fact, currently smokers can be refused treatment in some cases, but now there is talk of that being extended to those that are clinically obese - dictated by your BMI.
What is the US government doing prevent it's citizens, both children and adults, from becoming obese, is it enough, and what do you think they should be doing?.
If you can provide any insight to this svelte European, and others, It will be appreciated.
(apol: title typo)
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In reaction to many of the responses in this thread...
Q Europeans - Do you think your own government's policy regarding healthy eating, has taken away basic freedoms from you and your people?Please state which country your from and what you government does as far as you know, and whether you think what they do is ultimately beneficial to yourself, to your family and to your nation.