Always a culinary enthusiast, Nathaniel Louis Brown especially enjoyed spaghetti and potatoes and many more high calorie foods.
He would typically fill up three meal plates in one sitting. Brown, 64, offered himself on a platter for special occasions.
He was aware that he should limit his intake, but no one cared enough to advise him. Additionally, he found that eating reduced his stress levels and worries.
The heart attack followed.
Even though Brown's life is far from ideal, he wasn't prepared for it to end.
"I would like to try to live to 100 or 120. Although I am aware it won't happen, I think that sounds fantastic "said Brown,
an Indianapolis resident who has worked as a factory worker, jail guard, and long-haul truck driver in the past.
People like Brown experience social, racial, and economic injustices, which contributes to the complexity of the nation's obesity problem.
Studies reveal that it is incredibly difficult to maintain dietary and exercise routines that have been in place for a lifetime.
Like Brown, many people struggle to find affordable and safe ways to eat well or exercise where they live.
High-calorie foods are a convenient choice due to the economics of dining in America. According to Daniel Clark, a medical sociologist
at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute, an Indianapolis-based research group, people who are obese "are victims of the system they don't control."