Before you start reading this next post, please understand – I take complete responsibility for my fat. I am fully aware of the unhealthy choices I make, and I know that I have nobody to blame but myself. With that being said, however:
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I’d believe that big business, specifically the food and diet industries – yes, diet is an industry, want fat people to stay fat.
Let’s just think about this for a minute.
First, healthy food is so expensive. For the cost of enough ingredients to make a decent organic salad for one meal, you can purchase a box of Twinkies, a family size bag of Doritos, a pound of your favorite bologna, a loaf of white bread, a jar of mayo, and a box of Velveeta. That’s lunch, albeit calorie, fat, and sodium laden, for a family of four for at least three days. Why are healthy foods so much more expensive? It’s no wonder why the poorest sect of Americans is also the most obese. They have to stretch their dollars and somehow still feed their families enough calories to grow – even if those calories contain little to no vitamins and minerals vital to proper development.
Next, if every person who ever joined Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig or who went on the Atkins or South Beach diets lost their weight and managed to keep it off, eventually there would be no more fat people. And if there were no more fat people, then there would no longer be a need for diet companies.
Corporate executives are paid to make money, not to put the companies they run out of business. Food companies make more money from people looking to lose weight and turning to their higher priced “healthier” foods, and diet companies need people to stay fat so that they always think they need to lose weight and will continue to rely on their product.
Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist. It makes sense, right?
What irks me the most is that it seems as though corporate America depends on me being fat as much as they depend on me not wanting to be fat, all in the name of making their own wallets fat.
To make matters worse, corporate America uses the media against us so that everywhere we turn, we’re reminded how fat we are. They’ve done such a great job at convincing us we need to look like models, that even “thin” people think they are fat.
I was seated next to a young man at a recent trip to the doctor. To keep my mind off of the most dreaded part of the visit – you know where this is going – the infamous, and I dare say unnecessary, weigh-in, I picked up a magazine from the waiting room table. It started immediately. The inside front cover was an ad for the latest weight-loss drug, a few pages in was an ad for a sugar substitute, and then an ad for a popular dancercise video was followed by an article about a new weight-loss program that involved eating nothing but melon and ice-cream and drinking two gallons of water after each meal. Just before they called my name, I turned the page to a centerfold image of a gorgeous, tall, blonde, oiled, tanned, and bikini-clad model they had photographed taking a bite of a decadent chocolate cake – you know the kind that makes you gain a pound just for looking at it? I felt the man next to me lean in closer to not-so-subtly catch a closer look. Normally I’d have been visibly annoyed, but this time I completely understood his reaction.
That cake looked amazing.