One of these days, I want to do this experiment:
I'll go into a McDonald's, order a drink, and sit at a table near the front counter. I will have a notebook with several categories in it, including estimated age (with categories, like pre-teen, middle age, that kind of thing), gender*, and a range of body types. Admittedly, the body types will require some subjectivity, but there's no way around that.
I will look at each customer that walks in the door and classify them into the categories. I'll also note whether or not they're wearing crocs, haha.
The purpose of this would be to get a real idea of how "fat" the customers really are, because I'm sick and tired of the hysterics and hyperbole. My hypothesis is that the customers will, in fact, NOT be primarily fat people. The handful of times that I've gone to McD's, usually to get an iced tea since they are one of the few places left that brews their tea instead of using nasty concentrate, I recall most of the patrons being average-sized young people.
I'd also like to do this same experiment at a local mall. Afterwards, I want to show this data, then ask why we're throwing so much money at combating a non-issue, especially one that is NOT the health problem that everyone thinks it is. I'm tired of hearing, "ZOMG I SAW A FAT LADY USING A SCOOTER AT WAL MARTS AND FAT PEOPLE SHOULD WALK INSTEAD OF USING THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE FAT AND OBVIOUSLY FAT PEOPLE CANNOT BE DISABLED, AND FAT PEOPLE ARE EVERYWHERE BEING LAZY AND EATING STUFF."
Pardon me for mixing issues; I'm having a bad pain day, and my head isn't terribly together.
* Yes, I'll estimate gender. My husband and I have a joke that, while some people bemoan their lack of gaydar, I am even lacking in gender-dar. I have a really hard time figuring out male or female if it isn't completely obvious sometimes.