|Thanks to TulipGirl for starting out my day by ruining my appetite!|
You have to check out this interactive map on CNN.com: Obesity in the U.S. It shows, in the most shocking and visual way, how our country has gotten frighteningly more obese since 1985. (That happens to be the year I was married. Hopefully there is not some sort of causal relationship there, although my daughter pointed out that even I have gained weight since my wedding day.)
The church no longer addresses the issue of gluttony. I almost think it would take more courage for a pastor to preach against gluttony than to preach against divorce. A lot of pastors would not touch the topic because they themselves are obviously guilty of that sin.
So many of us are in denial. Our family teaches martial arts and we have been surprised, over the years, at how parents will describe their obese children as "stocky", "having a bit of a belly", or "needing to be a bit more fit". I don't think parents need to tell me, "As you can plainly see, my kid is a tub of lard. Can you help?" But I do think it is ridiculous to claim, "Well, maybe he could lose a pound or two" and to send him off to class with a bag of candy and junk food as a snack.
It is surprising and upsetting to see how many kids look like middle-age adults with big sagging bellies. As parents, we are to blame. It's ridiculous to try to shift the blame on school lunches, when we are the ones feeding our children breakfast, dinner, snacks, etc. --- and we ourselves are getting fatter and fatter.
Recently I read an online discussion where American women were bemoaning the fact that it is so hard to find "plus size" clothing in Europe. "The women here are so ridiculously skinny," one woman wrote. No, I thought. It's that we Americans have become so ridiculously fat.
Look at the map. It's all there, and it's frightening.
For the sake of our children, we need to change. Some of us are. For encouragement, I'd recommend heading over to Mommy Life, where Barbara Curtis has lost 63 pounds! Woo hoo!