1. A weighty issue (or, a weighty question)
Judging by the newspaper headlines screaming about some new statistic or research about obesity, you’d think there was a moral obligation to be thin.
Often the subtext is that fat people get sick and are a burden on our medical resources. And then there are the images of super-slim models and celebrities that confront us in magazines and on our TV and movie screens. The underlying message here is that this is the way you’re supposed to look, especially if you want to be happy and successful, not to mention being sexually attractive. Yet half the world is starving. It’s enough to make you choke on your chocolate bar, isn’t it?
Obesity is undeniably a growing problem in the Western world, due mainly ...