When you raise the subject of over-eating and obesity, you often see people at their worst. The comment threads discussing these issues reveal a legion of bullies who appear to delight in other people's problems.
When alcoholism and drug addiction are discussed, the
tone tends to be sympathetic. When obesity is discussed, the
conversation is dominated by mockery and blame, though the evidence
suggests that it may be driven by similar forms of addiction.
suspect that much of this mockery is a coded form of snobbery: the
strong association between poor diets and poverty allows people to use
this issue as a cipher for something else they want to say, which is
less socially acceptable.
But this problem belongs to all of us.
Even if you can detach yourself from the suffering caused by diseases
arising from bad diets, you will carry the cost, as a growing proportion
of the health budget will be used to address them. The cost – measured
in both human suffering and money – could be far greater than we
imagined. A large body of evidence now suggests that Alzheimer's is primarily a metabolic disease. Some scientists have gone so far as to rename it: they call it type 3 diabetes.
Source - Guardian