There's more than one corner here? Crikey, who would have thought.
If obesity is to be classed as a disease then it is a self induced one and not biological except perhaps for a tiny percentage as there are always exceptions. Classifying it as a disease certainly makes it easier to hold it at arms length and say I can't do anything about it.
Now we have a cranky corner and a silly corner....how about the thinking corner. This is something I have been thinking on for awhile. They have health warnings on cigarettes, why? Simply put it is bad for you and can kill you or contribute to a disease that can kill you. Cardiovascular disease (including heart, strokes and blood vessel disease) was the leading cause of death in Aus in 2000. The risk factors are tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, being overweight. Perhaps it is time we started having health warnings on our food! People can eat what the heck they like but maybe letting them know that 'consuming this food may lead to heart disease' might make people think a bit more about the rubbish they shove in their mouths. Yes I know it seems far fetched, yes I know it will never happen but when there are more people out there who are overweight or obese than those who smoke it makes you wonder why they are only targeting that group of people. I sometimes wonder how the makers of some of this unhealthy food can be proud of their product and yet no one seems to notice/care/realise how damn harmful it is. Yes I eat rubbish food, who doesn't, but it is more of an occasional thing than my staple diet and I do so fully aware of just how 'good' it is for me. When these companies try to fob off to us the nutritional value I just want to throw up.
Oh that was the cranky corner wasn't it...