The current health-care debate, when it focuses on food at all, focuses on obesity. Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese.
Eating disorders and obesity have increased spectacularly in the past 20 to 25 years. That is shocking, but in the national panic about obesity, we run the risk of making things a lot worse. How is that possible? Did our genes suddenly change? No, but our eating habits did. We eat while walking, driving and working. Families have a hard time sitting down to a meal together, and even gas stations sell food.
OBESITY. IS IT AN EATING DISORDER?
Like most things, obesity is a complex phenomenon about which it is dangerous to generalize. What is true for one person is not necessarily true for the next. Nevertheless, we shall try to make sense out of conflicting theories and give answers to people who struggle to maintain self-esteem in a world that seems to be obsessed with youth, thinness, and the perfect body.
None of these women is clinically obese. The anorexic and the model are underweight.
Men are split in their personal definitions of obesity. Many are just as concerned about overweight as women are, while others, frankly rotund, believe they are just fine, perfectly healthy, and universally attractive to potential romantic partners.