In previous years when watching these ‘Fat TV’ reality shows, one message has been crystal clear − you are the problem and you need to change that problem. Take responsibility for your own actions and change your life. Many of the contestants come onto the show with low self-esteem and have never had the opportunity to take responsibility for their own actions; they were caught in a vicious cycle.
For those who are unhappy with being overweight (these shows suggest that every single person who is overweight is unhappy), there is little to no help in place from our government and society to stop this cycle of over-eating, under exercising and most importantly, eating the wrong foods.
I can hear you saying it now – ‘Drew, not another Nanny state debate’.
Let’s have a look at other ‘addictions’ and see what has been put in place to help addicts.
You may have read my blog on pokies reform in which the Government is trialling safe guards to ‘help’ problem gamblers. Gambling is highly regulated and strict rules are in place as shown by the removal of high-profile footballer Brendan Fevola from Crown Casino last year due to being well-known for his gambling addiction.
How about smoking? There hasn’t been an advertisement for cigarettes in years and packets are now being hidden from view in stores. Add to this the plain packaging debate and you have a government that is trying to rid Australia of the problem.
In 2006, the World Health Organisation estimated that 75.7% of males and 66.5% of females in Australia will be overweight by 2010 and of that figure, 28.4% of adult males and 29.1% of adult females will be obese.
Does the Government need to become more proactive on helping resolve the Australian obesity problem or should we be responsible for putting down our own burger and fries?