National Public Radio (NPR) is running a new series of stories over the next few months on the obesity epidemic, called Living Large: Obesity in America. Monday’s piece in the series featured a woman named Kara Curtis and was an amazing profile that detailed on a very personal level what makes the battle against obesity so tough. There are the internal struggles, of course, but there are also the social, environmental, and hereditary issues that play such key roles as well. For me, what made this piece so good was that it touched on all these critical issues but never without losing the perspective of how they all come together to impact the individual – and their goals, and their relationships, and their emotions and feelings.
If you haven’t listened to it, it’s worth seven minutes of your time: One Woman’s Struggle to Shed Weight, and Shame (NPR).