By Tom Z
10:53 AM EDT, August 15, 2012
Wired.com has a new article comparing obesity trends in 1985 vs. today, and let me tell you, it’s not pretty.
No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. 39 states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of these states had a prevalence of 30% or more.
You should take a look at the article, just to see the difference in the color-coded maps. It’s sad. Now, that said, I don’t think this news surprises anyone, so instead of overanalyzing this story, let’s ask the important question. Where do media outlets get all these stock images of fat people? Every other local news story features b-roll footage of overweight people’s stomachs as they walk around the mall. If the videographer is good he’ll pan from the blurry image of the fat person over to the Cinnabon sign to really drive the point home. We get it. People are overweight. Do we really need the neck-down images of large people walking in and out of Lord & Taylor? What happens when those people get home and watch the news, then see their midsection shaking around during a story on proposed soda bans? My worst nightmare is one day seeing myself on one of those stories. I’m not afraid of death or public speaking, but I have a crippling fear of being “unknown fat guy #3” in a local news story. I would rather be stabbed in the parking garage. Which also has a good chance of happening. Quite frankly I’m not sure why anyone goes to the mall any more.
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