Personally, I think it’s a little more complicated than people just making poor nutritional choices and not exercising enough. I sometimes feel that we blame the victim with regards to obesity.
Now, I am not denying that there are significant behavior changes that can, should and yet often are not made. I don’t want to be critical of Paula Deen, but she did open herself up to a backlash when she talked about her diabetes diagnosis. And kudos to her for altering her diet and adding in exercise. I hope a lot of people learn and benefit from her example and the changes she’s made.
But I don’t drink a ton of sweet tea, eat fried chicken or wrap hamburgers in donuts. And I bet a lot of other people with weight problems don’t do any of those things either. So what gives? (more…)