Would fat-shaming decrease US obesity problem?
Posted in the Health Forum
#1 Jan 25, 2013
"Bioethicist Daniel Callahan of The Hastings Center calls for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people."
Callahan a former smoker recalls in the article from NBC News that social pressure on smokers can decreased the number of smokers. Could this work to curtail obesity?
#2 Jan 25, 2013
As a former sometimes smoker, I agree with Callahan that smokers were, and still are, openly and horribly shunned and shamed re: their 'nasty' habit. As a result, many smokers quit and the overall percentage of US smokers has declined dramatically.
If this strategy worked for smokers, could it work for people who have weight problems? I agree with Callahan and think it would decrease the percentage.
In fact, giving up a smoking (nicotine) addiction has been compared to the difficulty of giving up a heroin addiction. Giving up nicotine takes extreme discipline, and I don't believe a food addiction would be any less difficult to gain control over -- granted you still have to eat, but you can choose what you eat and how much.
Problem is too many with food addiction find it easier to blame their addiction on anything else but themselves. Food addiction is like any other addiction, if you want to stop, you accept the responsibility that you are part of the problem, and make it a priority in your life to change the situation.
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