Daniel Callahan recently wrote an article discussing his frustrations with the current solutions aimed at reducing obesity, and the lack of success.
He believes a new approach involving social pressure, or "fat shaming," could help. He cites the recent success that social pressure had in greatly reducing the number of smokers.
He believes that posing some uncomfortable questions might help, such as:
Honestly, after reading the NBC article, I thought it was a terrible idea. Then I read his actual paper, and I think his ideas, while slightly radical, just might help.-If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way you look?
-Are you happy that your added weight has made many ordinary activities, such as walking up a long fight of stairs, harder?
-Would you prefer to lessen your risk of heart disease and diabetes?
-Are you aware that, once you gain a signifcant amount of weight, your chances of taking that weight back off and keeping it off are poor?
-Are you pleased when your obese children are called “fatty” or otherwise teased at school?
-Fair or not, do you know that many people look down upon those excessively overweight or obese, often in fact discriminating against them and making fun of them or calling them lazy and lacking in self-control?
It's an interesting read, and can be found here:
Do you believe social pressure could help reduce obesity?