Re: Three-fourths of Americans obese or overweight by 2020, says alarming report
I try to be sympathetic to the whole overweight issue but I have a hard time understanding how it happens. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want in pretty much whatever quantity appeals to me and I've never been large (I'm a size 3-6, depending on brand label). I hear folks talk about genetic predispositions toward weight gain, and I suppose there's truth in that, but surely not everyone has the 'fat gene'? I see very overweight women in their 30s lumbering around town, walking as slowly and awkwardly as arthritic 70 year olds, seeking out elevators when there are perfectly usable stairs right next to them and I can't help thinking that, in the majority of cases, so much of the problem comes down to simply calories versus activity. Once a person neglects exercise long enough to reach a certain size, even simple things like walking to the store rather than driving become too difficult and there they go, off into obesity.