So Urbane Outfitters pulled this T-shirt from their stores due to cries from anorexia groups that it sends the wrong message. So let’s look at the numbers:
Prevalence of Anorexia = 1%
Prevalence of Obesity = 35%
I think it’s safe to assume that the US could stand to “eat less.” In fact, obesity kills more people than smoking. It’s a message the vast majority of us need to implement in our lives. Because remember, the kids today are expected to live a shorter, lower quality life than their parents. And that’s not due to anorexia.
UPDATE: So any time I mention anything on my blog about eating less/obesity, it tends to irk many people. A few people have commented saying “No, the US doesn’t need to eat less, we need to eat healthier.” So here’s the deal. If one person eats 5,000 calories of fast food a day vs. another person who eats 5,000 calories of food from Whole Foods, both will be obese. It’s simple physics. First, ensure you are taking in just the right amount of calories per day. Then, ensure those calories come from healthy, fresh, and whole foods.
I don’t support this t-shirt, but I do support the conversation it brings up. We need to have a real dialogue about this issue of obesity. Our culture doesn’t want to talk about it for fear of offending 35% of the population. But the real issue is, it’s killing 35% of the population. Ignoring the issue won’t help us progress and solve this epidemic. So what does the conversation look like? We desperately need to change our culture and understand that obesity is bad for you, bad for our economy, and bad for the environment.
UPDATE 2: Why did I post this?