Crack kills. Smoking kills. Obesity kills.

If obesity is linked so closely to so many of the top 10 diseases that kill Americans, why don’t we have PSAs saying:

Obesity Kills.

Why aren’t we, as a culture, condemning obesity just as we condemn crack and smoking?

I know what the critics will say…you are a skinny, healthy dude…you have no idea what it’s like to be obese. You have no idea what it’s like to be called “fat.”

True. I’ve never been obese nor have I ever been called fat. I have been insulted in many other ways. Definitely. I know what it feels like to be insulted about things I can and cannot do something about.

But obesity, 95% of the time, is due to food addiction. The bliss we get from eating ourselves full every night is a similar high we get from nicotine when we smoke.

And we all have our addictions. We all have our vices. To say that I don’t know what it’s like to be addicted to something is to say that I don’t know what it’s like to be human.

I think we need to turn the corner on this and stop pussyfooting around the issue. Are we that obsessed with our image and that terrified to be caught calling someone fat that we just ignore the issue? Is our image and our political correctedness more important than a pathetically unhealthy society that leads to early death? Should we allow a tax on high fructose corn syrup drinks to be called a “Fat Tax?”

Food kills more people than smoking and alcohol.

Or should we just call it like it is…1 out of 3 ‘Murcans are not obese, they’re fat. Using a different word isn’t going to change the fact that you’re going to die from too much food.