Originally Posted by APK
It's a vicious cycle. Lack of personal responsibility is the critical factor here, but legitimately useful information is obscured by what the government promotes as the foundation for better nutrition. Granted, adhering to their guidelines would still be an improvement from what a lot of people do. But it's frustrating to think how badly food companies and the government have complicated things by conditioning the average American to think they're on the right track by cutting out fats, loading up on whole grains and eating "healthy" processed food.
As one who has been in the "fatty camp" for 45+ years (since grammar school, have managed to dump 100 lbs so far.), I concur that a large percentage is personal responsibility. We have unfortunately become a nation of lazy asses that sit around and complain about being fat, while sitting in front of the TV watching crap, stuffing our faces with fast food, and wondering why we can't look like some celebrity that spends hours in the gym and no doubt has a personal trainer to help motivate them.
I see one of the biggest problems is parents who refuse to do anything to help their kids beat obesity, to teach them to embrace a healthy lifestyle.