Fast food will never go away, so instead of fighting the industry, just don’t patronize it. Soda will always be available at restaurants, movie theaters and convenience stores, but since we all know it’s not good or you, just don’t buy it. And people like Paula Deen will always be on TV, but we’re the ones who decide whether to make her our role model or cook her recipes.
The only person who is making us fat is ourselves.
But regardless of the fact that 68.8% of our population is overweight or obese (which includes 73.9% of men and 63.7% of women), people continue to push the blame. In another recent survey, participants were asked how others around them influenced their health. Here’s what they had to say:
- 46% say friends and family impact their lifestyle as it relates to health
- 36% think friends and family are the biggest influence on their nutrition
- 31% distance themselves from friends who engage in unhealthy behavior
- 44% say they don’t let health status or behavior affect their social life
The only people not directly responsible for their weight are children of course–where one in every six is now considered obese. This is especially troubling because we know that obese children often become obese adults. In that instance there is someone to blame: parents.
Tell us if you agree.