Oh no, the Leftosphere is not alone, as BCB reports
Usually, The Wall Street Journal is better than this:
The singular feature of American obesity is its steep, out-of-nowhere rise. For most of the 20th century, U.S. obesity rates were stable, with a slight upward trend through the late 1970s. Suddenly, they spiked across all demographic groups and have continued to rise unabated. In sheer body mass, the entire population is heavier than it used to be, and the heaviest are much heavier. Just between 1998 and 2006, obesity rates increased by 37%, according to the CDC.
The sudden upward spike is actually the result of bureaucratic fiat. The fact is that in 1998 the National Institutes of Health waved its magic wand and simply created the sudden, sharp spike with some bureaucratic prestidigitation:
In 1998, the National Institutes of Health lowered the overweight threshold for BMI 27.8 to 25 to match international guidelines. The move added 30 million Americans who were previously in the “healthy weight” category to the “overweight” category.
A simple leson here. Want an obesity crisis? Just change the definition of obese. Similar tactics have been used to increase the number of Americans living in “poverty”, and the gun control zealots have used phony statistics for years. Sure Left-leaning bloggers are making news for making things up, but, they have learned from others. Mostly others on the Left looking to instill “social justce” on others. Hmmmmm, I bet Stalin would be so proud.