I just saw a blip on the Ten nightly news about results of a local “Youth Media Survey”.
What did they find the biggest fear of young people today is? Environmental disaster? War? Terrorism? Nope.
OK, we know teenagers can be rather egocentric, so on a personal level, what might they fear most – addiction? Failing exams? Unemployment? Debt? Violence and abuse? Unplanned pregnancy or STDs? Death?
Nope. It’s obesity.
We knew that women in the UK would rather be thin and stupid than fat and smart; that American women would choose a 20-pound (9 kg) weight loss over longevity; that drug companies are pushing a drug with a doubled risk of depression and suicide for the chance of losing 5.5 kg; and that a whole heap of people are paying for the privilege of crapping their pants with orange poo oil and sharing tips on carrying an “Alli-oops!” bag for those little accidents.
And now we know that Western Australian teenagers are more afraid of taking up space than they are of anything else in the world.