||Obesity in America
by Gary R.
Obesity in America has been blamed on many different things;
increased technology such as video games is one, as well as more
fast food restaurants. However I do not believe that these are
the only causes of such a large amount of obesity within the
The cause that gets mostly overlooked is the portrayal of men
and women in society. Not video games or more fast food
restaurants, but the way women and men are portrayed by the
media, movies and television shows over the past decade.
There are a few exceptions such as “The Parkers” or “Rosanne”
but for the most part there is not an obese person on television
who is in touch with the youth.
When you walk outside and see a billboard of a sexy model in
lingerie or turn on the television and see another underweight
woman or go to the movies yet again to see a woman with large
breasts and a small waist has to be a large contributor.
Young men and women are forced to look like these models. The
ones who can’t do it end up getting depressed, which is a large
factor in causing obesity.
Forty percent of all Americans have been depressed sometime
within their life. That is the most world wide, so it is easy to
see why over a third of all Americans are overweight. This is
not just a fluke. Depression and obesity have been proven to be
Perhaps not all of the cases are caused by these fashion
symbols, but it should not be dismissed as being a large
contributor. This is the age of plastic surgery and breast
enhancements, if a woman did not feel that she had to have these
two things in order to be beautiful they would not be so
popular. So what causes her to want this? Men and of course
societies portrayal of women.
This is not just a woman’s problem however. Men are put under
just as much scrutiny as women. A man must be strong, well in
shape, and not too fat or too skinny. They have to act a certain
way, be tough and able to take charge. Some men just aren’t this
way and again end up with long term depression.
Society must change as a whole in order for our children of this
country to feel wanted and feel beautiful again.
About the Author
Gary is a web designer and writer for Love and Friendship Poems
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