Living in a XXL World

29 Mar

ABC News: Living in a XXXL World

I read the above article this morning on ABCNews.com and was somewhat horrified by the end of it. At first, reading that buses were installing more room to accommodate larger passengers and clothing has been slightly adjusted seemed okay. By the end though reading about extra large caskets and toilets, I was in shock.

On one hand, I’m glad these changes are being made. People who are overweight are horribly teased, ostracized and often feel terrible in public because so many things don’t accommodate their size. Sitting in restaurant booths is an issue as are seats in airplanes or public transportation. There are a million reasons why someone is overweight, and very rarely is it because they are lazy or have no desire to be thin. Mostly it’s due to psychological issues and addiction problems. It is a horrible battle that so many struggle with and are constantly fighting, but still lose. And although I never reached the sizes discussed in this article, I do know what it’s like to be discriminated against for my weight. So I was pleased to see that we as a society are trying to accommodate them.

However, on the other hand, I kept thinking, wouldn’t the money be better spent on programs to help people who are overweight. A lot of the reason people can’t seem to break their obesity cycle is either ignorance or financial. They either don’t have a clue where or how to start or cannot afford a gym or trainer. Instead of increasing bus seat sizes, why not use the money to fund low cost health and wellness programs for overweight members of the community? Start spreading the knowledge of how to change your life and improve your health.

Obesity caused illnesses are leading the death rate in America. We need to get this under control as opposed to accommodating it with larger sized seats and clothing. Help people suffering with this disease get the help they need to overcome their issues to live a healthy life. Recognize that it truly is a disease and eating is an addiction. People who are overweight want to be thin just as much as an alcoholic wants to be sober, but many deep seeded issues have to be worked out in order for that to happen.

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2 Responses to “Living in a XXL World”

  1. blackhuff March 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM #

    I’ve talked to another lady after she also read this article and she said that the world have double standards. They are fighting obesity but on the other hand they want to accommodate obese people as well. True words.

  2. Noel D. March 30, 2011 at 6:13 AM #

    It’s a tricky situation. I think discriminating against overweight people is awful. They already feel badly enough about their situation. However, I think they should try to get more education out there rather than trying to cover up the problem by building larger seats, etc. It’s a double edged sword, a very complicated situation.

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