I don't believe in the obesity epidemic. Obesity is real, and it's easy to recognize. However I have watched as they keep lowering the weight limit to determine if someone is overweight or obese.
Here's a test for you. [Weight (lbs) ÷ height (in)2 ] x 704.5 =BMI] If your score is 30 or more you're thought to be obese, 25-29.9 is considered overweight.
Now here's the kicker. According to their calculations if you are 5' tall and weigh 130 you are overweight and at 155 you are considered obese. Or shall we try the average heighths for men and women? At 5'6" 155lbs is considered overweight and 185lbs is obese. At 5'8" 165lbs is overweight and 195lbs is obese.
However every person I know that is physically fit by their calculations is at the least considered overweight. For me that is less then 20lbs difference between my "ideal" weight when I was at my fittest and them telling me I need to worry about a heart attack.
Sorry, I just don't buy it. I know people who are obese. Most of them eat less then anyone else I know. Real obesity in my experience is usually not caused by lack of self control. Bottom line, this obsession with idealized body types in my opinion is unhealthy and trivializes or ostrisizes those with real problems.