Friday, May 29, 2009

Not My Fault!

I saw this t-shirt for sale on The Onion's website. In case you can't read the small print on the image, it says: "I wish somebody would do something about how fat I am." Isn't it just the perfect motto for today's American? The shirt's hilarious because it's so true.

According to the American Heart Association’s Statistical Fact Sheet:

Among children ages 2–19, 23.4 million are overweight and obese

Of these, 12 million are obese

Among Americans age 20 and older, 145.0 million are overweight or obese

Of these, 74.1 million are obese

This means that over 65% of adult Americans are overweight. Nearly a third of adult Americans are obese. Less than half of us are at a healthy weight.

But, of course, it's not our fault. It's McDonald's fault, and Coca-Cola's, and Frito-Lay's, and Nabisco's . . .

It's Philip Morris's fault if we get cancer from smoking and Anheuser Busch's if we can't stop popping tops.

It's Mastercard's fault if we can't make our minimum payments and the bank's if we're in trouble because we bought a bigger house than we can ever hope to pay for.

It's the boss's fault if we get fired and the teacher's fault if we don't pass.

Somebody should do something! (But certainly not me. It's not my fault.)

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