But I'm sorry... anyone who believes that creating and preaching a societal attitude of acceptance around a problem is not going to worsen the problem is a fool. We can't start telling people that it's ok to be fat and then pretend that the result won't be people thinking it's ok to be fat. I mean what kind of sense does that make? We don't tell people that it's ok to be an alcoholic; we confront. We judge.
And don't give me that nanny state garbage. Nobody is advocating government control over what we eat, or how much we exercise. I'm against Michelle Obama's little lunch program, and restrictions on portions and whatnot. This letter writer was not being nanny stateish. He was advocating the blunt acknowledgment of ugly truth, and personal responsibility to fix the problem. You're a conservative; you should understand that. You, on the other hand, are acting very much like your average liberal here: ignoring and exacerbating a problem to avoid being insensitive to peoples' feelings.