Since 1980, the number of Americans considered either overweight or obese has risen to over 68% of the population. Just by being in public, it is startlingly clear how prevalent it is to be heavy. This is not a judgment; it is merely an observation. I do not believe we should all strive to be thin simply because the media portrays it as the key to happiness and success. It is not about looks, it is about health, vitality and longevity. It is not about our outward appearance, but about our inner-happiness. And it is about setting an example for the world.
There are myriad reasons why people eat in unhealthy ways. It can be caused by something psychological (compulsively eating or not eating) or physiological (food addictions). It can be due to monetary circumstances or based on a need for convenience. We may believe that eating healthier food is too expensive or we may be busy and overworked. Maybe we are frustrated with our lives and we are using food for its nurturing and comforting effects. What we are not doing is taking into consideration the correlation between what we nourish ourselves with, and our decreasing quality of life and health.