There is no defending unhealthy lifestyles. College students tend to be healthier students weightwise (TIME) and it’s no secret that healthy people live longer, fuller lives.
A study published last month discovered that America’s future doctors are biased against their overweight patients. Consequently, they do not interact or prescribe for their overweight patients in the same way they do for patients with healthy weights.
University of New Mexico professor, James Miller is right to raise awareness about America’s obesity and the overweight epidemic.
His tweet: “Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth.” is an unfortunate stereotype.
But a couple of years back, Dr. Satori Kanazawa proved that evolutionary psychologists are pop culture crocks anyway.
(Kanazawa wrote a blog post for Psychology Today that claimed his “scientific evidence” proved black women were physically more unattractive than women of other races. The blog was deleted, lambasted as lazy unqualified research and Kanazawa promptly fired.)
Miller’s social media tendency ranks him similar to Kanazawa, a blogger who depended on controversy to maintain an audience.
Regardless of what happens to Miller, the “outrage” over his tweet is plastic and fake. There is no point in defending obesity or America’s obesity epidemic. In fact, it’s senseless.
America’s obesity problem is the worst it’s ever been because Americans won’t give up processed foods or the polyunsaturated fats. There are a lot of health and nutrition majors out there who get out of college, have kids and a few years after the degree, everything they’ve learned about health and the body are gone.
And so is their personal happiness and overall satisfaction with life.
The consequences of overeating, unhealthy weight gain and little exercise are heart disease and diabetes, two of the most preventable causes of illness and death in this country.
The consumer accommodations for a larger society are far more incredible. Behemoth automobiles are manufacturers’ response to America’s overweight epidemic. While fat shaming is unkind, not every airline requires overweight passengers to purchase extra seats and they should.
Dr. Miller’s tweet heard around the world, since deleted, may have been mean spirited. But the revolution to save lives and change lives (most overweight people are not happy with their weight and want to change) is a life-saving endeavor, not a shameful one.