Americans seem to be bipolar when it comes to weight.
We are bombarded with conflicting messages in the media. We are told to strive for the hard bodies featured in the Nautilus ads, but no sooner has that commercial faded than a triple-bacon cheeseburger splats onto the screen, being consumed by a bikini model who likely subsists on tofu and kale.
We are constantly faced with choosing between need and want. We don't need all those extra calories any more than we need a TV in every room, but there are no ads extolling moderation; after all, what product would such an ad be selling?
Stephen C. Lee
One sentence in David Lazarus' column managed to boil down the difference between the right and the left: "The harsh reality is that millions of Americans can't be trusted to look after their own well-being."