One question that I have, is how is it that this issue is, by and large, an issue in America? You just don't see other countries complaining about these same problems. People plagued by food. Yet that's one of the top issues discussed in America. I'm not suggesting that obese people do not exist outside of the US. But it's not the plague and drain on healthcare that it is here. Why is that?
Other countries have the same access to fast food. I've been to many, believe me, it's there. They have the same convenience stores with the same snacks available. And many of them (France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, etc...) have daily diets that begin and end with white starches and butter, etc...
How did we get like this?
I don't think it is only an American issue. I lived in Germany for 6 years and there were plenty of people there who were trying to lose weight or had weight issues. I didn't see as many commercials for weight loss products. Is it an American obsession to be thin? I don't think so but not really sure.
One thing I do know is that Americans shop different than many other countries. We have HUGE refrigerators and freezers and shop for a week or two at a time. In Germany, most people bought fresh items for the day. Did they eat health all the time? Not unless you consider breaded veal, potatoes, fries, and cream on every vegetable good for you. We also don't have the great public transportation systems most industrialized nations have. I used to walk to the train station, take the train into downtown Frankfurt, and walk for hours. Here, I have to take two or three buses to get downtown.
Your statement that it is a "plague and drain on healthcare" is false. There is a distinct difference between overweight, obese, and morbidly obese. However, all three of these categories get lumped together when talking about the cost to healthcare. Here is a personal (to me) example: I work in an office with 8 women. 4 of us are either categorized by BMI as overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. However, NONE of the 4 of us have health issues that are commonly attributed to weight. No diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. AND if I were to get high blood pressue, I would actually attribute it to my job more than my weight!