Wow, that was a long read, but well worth it. A marathon of writing.
You brought up one of my pet peeves in modern society. Obesity!. It reminded me of an occurance a few years ago at a sporting event. A guy in his early 20's showed me a book with photos of participants in our sport from around 1950-52.I looked a it for a few minutes and then asked him what he could see that was different about the scenes then to what they would be today.
He looked at the book for a while and said,"no I cannot see anything different about the scenes except for the clothing". Yes I said, much more formal then. They were wearing ties etc..
But, I said, the obvious thing is that there is not one fat person there. All what I would call "normal". I felt a little bit embarressed saying it as this guy was not exactly slim!. His reply was, "yes you are right".
I class it as a modern day plague and it is getting worse. I was watching a Trump preaching going on the other day when he was stuttering through talking about people ordering food and having it delivered etc.. It appears that a very large percentage of people in the US live on prepped food. They dont cook their own. Therein maybe lays a tale?.
It is not only the US. In many countries it is becoming a major problem. I have noticed it in Thailand in the less than 5 years that I have been travelling to the country. School kids are becoming huge and the bar girls are becoming less attractive. To me anyway. I am told that certain races like fat girls so maybe this is some motivation for the girls to put on weight.
We are told that this generation of kids could become the first to have a life expectancy less than that of their parents, due to obesity, diabetes etc..
It is mentioned in the above writing about the lack of freedom for kids. Parents always want to know where they are etc.. Get picked up from school in the SUV's etc..
Now in the good old days, I would walk or ride home from school, dump my bag in the house then off to play with the other kids in the street. We would go for miles without our parents worrying about what we were up to. Go home for dinner, then back out again. We were as fit as Mally bulls and not one fatty amongst us. Things are not like they were and never will be. Just a fact of life I guess.
I just hope that somehow the obsession with Work Place Health and Safety industry and their clipboards etc., does not take complete control of our lives.
Maybe the Corona thing might cut that short anyway.
Have a nice day!.