January 2, 2008
People are getting fat all over the world... but we have different ideas about why we're getting fat.
There's geographical variation. Some people blame the government. Some blame the food. Some take personal responsibility. Where? You might wonder — where are people most likely to cite lack of self-discipline for their chubbiness? Somehow it's the United States and Great Britain. I'm not sure what that means. At first, I thought, great. Seeing the failure in ourselves means that we believe we have the power to improve our situation. But then, it seemed to me that we're probably admitting our personal failings because we are less ashamed and less harshly moralistic toward ourselves. This isn't a step on the path toward improvement, but acceptance and generosity toward ourselves and our imperfections.