Posted 6 years ago on Nov. 29, 2014, 12:04 p.m. EST by StillModestCapitalist
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Most of you by now, are probably aware that I have serious issues with gluttony and obesity. I see them as resource wasting detriments to society. But I also realize that every member of Western Society without exception has one vice or another. The majority have more than one. Some have many.
I suspect that a few of you have been offended by my comments regarding gluttony and obesity. This in part, may explain why I have gone from one of the most popular OWS users ever receiving dozens of mark-ups every day back in 2011 to hardly tolerated in 2014. It's not that I give a rat's ass about popularity. But I do want to explain my position and hopefully mend a bridge or two.
My issues with gluttony and obesity have never had a damn thing to do with anything other than life sustaining resources, quality of life, and the rising cost of healthcare. In fact, I had no issues whatsoever with either until 10-12 years ago when they finally became impossible to ignore.
The way I see it, every member of society has a right to vice. We are all human and far from perfect. Vice is a simple fact of life. The problems with gluttony and obesity are not that they are anywhere near the worst of vices. They do not necessarily render the individual any less competent, moral, worthy, deserving, capable, or even attractive. Not in my book.
The problems related to gluttony and obesity are that they have become the most common of all vices. Otherwise, they would never have become such detriments to society.
With 2/3 to 3/4 of Americans now eating considerably more than necessary to sustain health, our country has become primarily responsible for the high cost of food worldwide. We have already caused billions to go hungry and hundreds of millions to starve dead. Other factors are involved but our consumption as a nation is primary.
With 2/3 to 3/4 of Americans too inactive to burn as many calories as they take in, our country has become plagued with health issues and rising costs related directly to excessive weight. Other factors are involved but the unhealthy weights are primary.
I wish it were possible to make these points without offending anyone or hurting any feelings but they need to be made regardless.
Something has to give.