Another Obesity Documentary Review

A few evenings ago I had some spare time (HA!) so while I was doing housework (yes, I do housework) I launched Netflix and played “Killer At Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat (2008).” Right off the bat I was a bit disturbed by what I saw: a 12 year old girl was undergoing lyposuction. Not only with her parents’ permission, but with their encouragement. That’s right. According to the family, the young girl had (paraphrasing) tried all of the diets, and nothing seemed to work. They were concerned about her being picked on and singled out at school, her grades were failing, and she was becoming more and more withdrawn. Lyposuction seemed to be the only thing they could think of to do for their daughter.
Ok. Lemme stop here for a moment to scratch my head and say, “WHAT THE FRACK ARE THOSE PEOPLE THINKING?” Please don’t get me wrong. I’ll go to the ends of the world for our kids. Probably go quite a distance for your kids, too, actually. But lyposuction as a CURE? AT TWELVE? We know (well, if you don’t you’re about to learn) that lyposuction is by no means a permanent solution to obesity. This, from WebMD: “Are the Results Permanent? The fat cells are removed permanently during liposuction. If you gain weight after the procedure, it usually will not concentrate in the area that was treated.
However, it is important to note that liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight. To keep your new shape and new weight after liposuction, you must follow a proper diet and exercise plan.” (emphasis added by ME!)

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I won’t spoil the non surprise for you, but we get to see this young lady a few years (months?) after her surgery…
With this SHOCKER of an introduction, I was hooked. I plugged my laptop into the TV so I could watch from the kitchen AND the living room without missing anything. The film went on to interview several health experts, consumers, and even some citizens who have decided to raise thier own produce at home, and eventually began to sell it at their local farmer’s market. I can’t wait for market season to come back around up here! Just today I was looking out at our back yard trying to pick a good spot for a raised garden. (I don’t know for sure if my wife reads this, so please don’t leak a word of that to her, mmmkay?)
One person who they spent quite a bit of time with was Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemna” (not an affiliate link, just a link to the book on Amazon). I thought that he had some interesting things to say, and wish that I had written more of them down than just this, “In so many other areas of life we understand the importance of quality and we’re willing to pay for it. For some reason, in our country [USA], with food, that hasn’t been the case.”
Boom. we’ll dish out money for the latest iFAD iPad, HDTV, game console, special color for a car, etc., but cringe when we see that that the organic apples are fiddy cents more than the GMO variety, and likely smaller too (because HEY! aren’t apples suPPOSED to be the size of a toddler’s head?).
The film does make some good points about cost variances between some healthy foods and junk foods, as well as dives into a school that tried to get rid of soda machines and junk food machines. It was interesting to hear the arguments that were presented about why the machines should STAY. What happened? You’ll have to watch and see for yourself.
The film is available on Netflix, and perhaps in other places too. I would love to hear your ideas or thoughts about the film or any parts of it. Please feel free to leave comments on the blog or on Facebook. It seems that FB is a better (read: more visible, not necessaryly BETTER) place to have these kinds of exchanges.
Thanks for your time!

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