Lifestyles - 16 Settembre 2019 Fat Chance: Is Obesity Really the Problem? Or Just Our Perception of It? It used to be that a man proudly displayed his girth because it meant he was wealthy enough to eat, and eat well. Frequent meals were a sign of privilege and means; being thin meant poverty and disease. But today obesity makes people uncomfortable, and it’s not always because they’re worried about someone’s health.