How does the US compare to other countries in attempts to fight obesity? Do they do more or less is it better or worse? While doing research on obesity I found many courses and seminars geared toward fitness professionals with the topic of obesity. This is no so in the US and if it is I am unaware of it. Let me know your thoughts.
Sometimes it seems to me that we in the US are our own worst enemies when it comes to the ‘fight against obesity’.
Caught in the middle are those who are overweight and who are being bounced around like ping-pong balls between the food industry, the weight loss industry, the pharmaceutical industry and even the medical industry. It appears to me that we ave created a giant industry around obesity with conflicting goals, all the while paying lip service to the ‘fight against obesity’.
This travesty is particularly apparent when it comes to children who – according to everybody – we all love and only want the best for. Yet there is the biggest fight about vending machines in schools, and physical education is a thing of the past. Yet schools budgets do not have the money to provide what is best.
I believe that the lack of political backbone against the various lobbies is the greatest obstacle in this fight. This is one of the few subjects that makes me truly angry.
Without patting ourselves on the shoulders too hard, I like to think that we as fitness professionals are truly committed to help without any ulterior motive beyond the satisfaction of knowing that we made a difference in the life of a person.