Heard more on the radio last week about government initiatives to help fat kids lose weight. This is an area where I find all the scary statistics (“10 out of 5 kids are a thousand pounds overweight!”) hard to believe. I’ve worked around thousands of teens every year for over a decade, at several locations around town, and there just aren’t that many fat kids.
Yes, some people are overweight, but is there an epidemic of morbid obesity? I just don’t see it. The number of kids I’ve ever seen who are so overweight that their health is in danger could probably be counted on my fingers.
I’m skeptical of the whole anti-obesity witch hunt, anyway. We’re almost treating people who are a little larger than average like they have the plague. Frankly, it doesn’t make sense to me–if being a bit heavy is so incredibly dangerous, then why are there supposedly so many fat people? Shouldn’t most of them have dropped dead by now?