How fat is too fat?

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I was reading a blog post by a good friend of mine here, and many of the commenters brought up the subject of obesity and how people should be responsible for themselves and their health. Especially around this time of year, many more people are getting onto planes, and a lot of those people are overweight. Should we as a society have to pay for their poor eating and exercising habits, or should they be forced to (literally) pay for their poor habits? What about the people who simply cannot lose the weight due to severe health problems? Should everyone be held to a certain standard, regardless of the circumstances?

I really don’t know the answers to these (and many other) questions. I’d like to say everyone should be responsible for themselves, but then I think about those that have honestly tried to lose the weight and haven’t been successful for reasons beyond their control. So I’m turning it over to you. Should people be responsible for their own weight, or should society as a whole be more accommodating to those with weight issues?

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2 responses to “How fat is too fat?

  1. I tHink society pays for habits of individuals that are much worse than overeating already. In the case of plane tickets I think airlines should work on building seats that accomadate larger people like there are accomodations for the handicap.

    • Liz

      You’ve got a point =) I think my problem lies in the people who take no steps to make themselves healthier and then expect those of us who do take care of themselves to make accomodations for them, simply because they don’t feel like being healthy. Not to mention the fact that those who are obese do cause a rather large strain on society in other ways.

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