Our Absurd Fear Of Fat By Paul Campos

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In the titillating New York Times Article, “Our Absurd Fear of Fat,” the author, Paul Campos, describe how the obesity epidemic is being exploited for fiscal gain; despite, very little scientific evidence supporting weight loss as a path to longevity. In contrast, the article, written for the layman, examines how healthy weight truly affects morality. The shocking results leads to claims that the weight loss industry is built entirely on a foundation of pseudoscientific lies. The data that support the article is missing explanation regarding sample size, demography surveyed, and the effect of obesity on pre-existing conditions. These are just a few of the many flaws in the article; however, the article was not written for the speculative …show more content…
The authors’ of the other articles never mentioned how a person’s financial, welfare, and societal status relates to BMI or rates of obesity. The availability of healthy food is remarkably lower to citizens that are poverty stricken or in high-risk (neighborhoods with higher rates of poverty, crime, abuse, and primary school drop-outs) neighborhoods. The availability of food that is non-processed and food that holds high nutritional value is much more expensive than food that contain fatty fillers that lack significant nutritional value. The emersion of sugar into everyday food and drink that are less expensive than their healthier counter-parts, creates an obesity issue that isn’t quite an epidemic, but certainly further disadvantage and marginalize the impoverished in society. The American example used by Johnson shows that those on food stamps can’t afford the healthier food options is only exacerbated by the middle-class’s new obsession with health and health products. With healthy alternatives not being available to socio-disadvantaged students at school in poorer school districts, students on free or reduced lunches may gain weight simply as a result of socio-economic status. The poor are generally more inclined to risky behavior, and food consumption is no exception; however, data stating that unhealthy food is cheaper than healthy options is evidence that society is willing for the “obesity epidemic” to spread. The unhealthy lifestyles that accompany obesity should be a public health concern, but it should not be blow out of proportion for the sake of the bottom line. If American’s were truly concerned about the spread of obesity, the American poor would be eating just as healthy as the American

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