Before embracing solutions, listen carefully: Much that we hear on the subject of obesity is myth—often a dangerous myth. For example, the claim that obesity kills 400 000 Americans per year has been debunked; careful research offers 25,815 as a realistic death rate.
“Listen carefully!” Well, I'm reading, but I don't hear a thing. Uh, so were those other 374,185 not dead, then, or what? If they're dead, what did they die of? Being so fat that they accidentally got in the way of all of the bullets? (But that's another American problem.)
As our society abandons a Christian worldview, it replaces the classic issues of Christian moral teaching (like gluttony, sloth, and giving way to anxiety) with materialistic obsessions, such as slimness.
“Giving way to anxiety?” Oh, right—we're not supposed to worry about anything, since God is in charge, so don't work on your appearance (as opposed to just your health), because it's a sin to give anyone a charge. Look, I don't have a problem with happy overweight people, but if they're unhappy, and they change their appearance (not just their health), what's the problem? I was unhappy about my appearance, once. This sort of mentality smacks of the “who do you think you are” techniques used against scientists by creationists.
Well, I would “embrace the solution” if I could get my damn arms around it. So, okay—assuming that active overweight people are in all cases as healthy as active thin people, I have to ask, active doing what? Oh, no, no—not that!