A Manhattan court judge recently struck down the move by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to legislate the limit of the size of soft drinks and other high-calorie sweetened beverages sold at various outlets.
Mr. Bloomberg, perhaps influenced by his interest in the greater good, was attempting to make it impossible for his constituents to make poor personal choices that, in the long run, have a significant impact on public health.
Obesity is unquestionably a problem in our society where freedom of choice is too easily defined in supersized – more is better – terms. The ‘more is better ’philosophy in food purchases may be one of many underlying factors that encourage greater consumption of food when ‘less’ would do more to help people maintain a healthy weight.
Medical researchers around the world – concerned about the high cost, physically and financially, of obesity – are increasingly investigating what leads a person to eat more than he/she needs; more than is healthy.
Some studies indicate we make such choices based on a poor – or inaccurate – perception of ourselves.
When a group of children was shown a series of body silhouettes ranging from scrawny to obese they were unable to identify the image that resembled themselves. Most kids, according to Dr. Jennifer McGrath, Director of Pediatric Public Health Psychology Lab, didn’t recognize if they were overweight or obese. They thought they were average. She also recalls talking to a pediatrician who didn’t want to tell a family that their child had a weight problem.
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