Fat chance

By Denis Storey


It’s no wonder our New Year’s resolutions fall apart faster than Korean peace talks.

A new Consumer Reports study – it just dropped this morning – shows a whopping 90 percent of Americans think their diet is healthy. Sure…and we’re all gonna make it to heaven someday, too.

With this level of mass delusion, it’s little wonder that our health care views are so hopelessly warped that we have reality television stars mocking the first lady’s efforts at reducing child obesity. Because, you know, my kid can’t possibly be fat because our diet’s just fine.

Despite the sugarcoating – so to speak – the scales tell a different story. Only 35 percent of the survey’s respondents ranked at their appropriate weights, according to a Consumer Reports press release, with 36 percent rated overweight and another 21 percent tipping over as obese – with a body mass index pushing past 30.

And despite vows of healthy diets and stricter intake controls, the survey confirmed we’re a nation that loves our sodas and sweet cereals. But those fruits and veggies? Yeah, not so much.

But maybe the most ironic – if not frightening – note to this story isn’t how universally deluded we’ve become as a society, but how Orwellian the arguments on the right have become regarding issues of obesity and wellness. We’ve grown so angry at the perceived federal intrusion into our lives through this health reform law that we’re happy to argue two plus two equals five.

Or if you’re with the otherwise rational National Center for Policy Analysis, you get so worked up you’ll insist obesity isn’t unhealthy at all.

But maybe that’s not being as intellectually dishonest as it sounds. That kind of self-induced delusion seems to be the new American way.

For more calories, I mean numbers, check out the story here.