The crisis of overweight people in America now is changing from being a health problem to be a cool thing, that's how a perceived and is how Mo'nique is trying to present it to us, in the opening act of the BET's awards last month her performance was a imitation of Beyonce's act, and all her back dancers were overweight girls, don't take me wrong was a funny act but that's it, now Mo'nique is trying to promote overweight girls like a sexy cool thing, she's going to have a TV show presenting all those overweight girls the same way magazines and pasarelas promote anorexic girls which they aren't cool either.
But let's forget about the cool part and focus in the real problem, health.
Almost 65% of people in the USA are either overweight or obese. Overweight is defined as roughly 10 to 30 pounds over; obesity is 30 or more pounds over.
America's extra weight costs the nation as much as 93 billions in annual medical bills and the government pays about half of the amount, a federally funded study shows.
According to the Surgeon General there are nine million overweight children nationwide representing an alarming increase over the past three decades, Children who are overweight or obese are at risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes among other serious physical problems. Type 2 diabetes is a particular concern, as it now is being found in children at increasing rates.
Hooked on Sugar.
The UN's World Health Organization has launched an international campaign to cut consumption of refined sugar, which it says is the principal culprit in the current epidemic of obesity and it's associated diseases.
America who compromise only 5% of the world's population, account for whopping a 33% of total global sugar consumption, over 10 million tons annually.
Incredibly, the Bush administration is strongly opposing the WHO's campaign. The real reason for the administration's preposterous position is the powerful U.S. sugar industry is one of its biggest financial backers, and a major power in the key state of Florida, The sugar industry is also one of Washington's most successful lobby groups and a huge contributor to congressmen and senators of both parties.
"Americans have became sugar junkies and, sad to say a nation of fatties, the world's most overweight people. Europeans laugh at obese American tourists as they waddle down the street."
So if Mo'nique gets in the mind of a teen girl that being overweight is cool instead of teaching her how to fight it America is going to get fatter and unhealthy.
in the other hand there is Shaquille O'neal the NBA super star with his won TV show doing something for obese kids and that's the right thing to do. So been overweight isn't cool Mo'nique but more than being cool isn't healthy, and that's the main concern the health of our kids.
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Copyright © 2010 manny osborne
Being Overweight Is Cool Now?
Copyright © 2010 manny osborne
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