Don't Judge the Obese

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Editor's note: Obesity is a nationwide problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three adult Americans is obese, and it increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer—many of the leading causes of preventable death. As someone who tries to encourage people to make the best decisions for their health, I know I have at times despaired inwardly watching an extremely overweight person make what I considered unhealthy food choices. But Kimberly Truesdell argues that it's not anyone’s role to judge other people’s choices—publically or even silently. She tries to remind herself of a few things to keep her negative attitudes in check. – Judy

It is nearly impossible to travel outside the comforts of your home without being confronted by the rampant obesity problem in the United States. From the grocery carts full of high-calorie processed food to tighter squeezes around the conference table to parents watching their children play on the park bench, the widening waistline is hard to miss. And it's even harder to not judge. Admittedly, when I see a mother pushing a grocery cart with 12-packs of Mountain Dew, I roll my eyes. I try to keep a few things in mind when I'm facing a not-so-nice side of myself.

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