That’s a lot of fat people.


People are now trying to find reasons ‘outside the box’ to explain the massive increase of obesity.


Sugar is always the go-to excuse for obesity.


Hm. That’s not too surprising. Except the “eating out,”not just ‘fast food’ portion. Who knew eating out,even if it’s not fast food, could make you fat?


Wow. What? Apparently, telling people what’s low in fat actually makes them more fat.


 So people that eat the same thing every day are not fat? I thought variety was the key?

What do all of these affect?


 That stick figure does not look healthy.

Mr. Stickman went from bed to food to waste-of-time to food to bed.


 Added sugars and an increase in food variety lead to an increment in decisions by people, which in turn increase their risk (and fat). Added sugars made regular foods “better” just like the increase of different foods throws off a person’s metabolism (since your body is not used to it). Eating out takes away the accountability of what goes into the food a person is consuming. As well as low-fat guidelines make people think what they are eating is good for them simply because it’s low in fat, not accounting for other additives in food.

The Fix



This is Mr. Stickman’s brother, Mr. Effective.


Mr. Effective knows that in order to live a healthy lifestyle, one must have a routine which aligns with his/her way of life. That is, a set structure decreases the number of decisions a person has to make, which then also decreases the risk associated with living their lifestyle.

Comments (4)

  1. Jaskaran Gill


    With more and more emphasis being laid on work people are ignoring their general health and well being. Most of the people work extra-time and from their busy schedule they find it very difficult to take time out to exercise. This I feel is also a major factor why people are getting fat. Another problem with such busy schedules is that people find it very difficult to cook food in their homes and eat a lot of fast food. Another problem is unawareness about why fitness benefits one in the long run.

  2. Nicholas Palmer


    I believe that the reasons you provided are valid, but are part of a bigger picture. Looking at America (the most obese country by far), I believe obesity is a lack of education. Sugar, eating out, and variety are the source of the problem, but the reason for this is a combination of ignorance and unawareness. I have spent dozens of hours of my own personal time researching clean dieting and nutrition and I know that having a routine, planned diet is key. When you throw in too much variety, you might not even be aware of what you are actually putting in your body. If nutrition education was a required course in high school, I believe obesity in America would be a slightly different story.

  3. Daniel Yakymenko


    I would like to add that one reason we, as a nation, have gotten fatter may have nothing to do with food itself. Instead, we are starting to force younger and younger people with less and less information to make major life decisions and take responsibilities that they may not be ready for. The prevalence of eating disorders in the country has risen greatly, and it’s a very common idea to eat in order to deal with stress. From an IMT perspective, younger people have less information, and so they have to make more decisions, and ultimately their stress goes up.

  4. Andy Shriver


    I think that in addition to the four listed reasons why people are getting fat (sugar, eating out, food variety, low-fat guidelines) factors such as laziness, poor planning, lack of dietary information, and stress also attribute to growing obesity. These reasons and the four mentioned in the article are all right-side characteristics of the KSM model and type-C persons. Many people are not willing to take personal responsibility (accountability) for their diet and exercise and respond to their health issues by blaming Coca Cola or McDonald’s for the products they sell when in reality they are willingly choosing to consume these foods. In similar fashion to keeping oneself out of debt (spend less than you have), one could easily curb the issue of obesity by consuming fewer calories than they burn. I especially like the suggestion to streamline diet and lifestyle in order to reduce risk associated with decision making.

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