Death in the time of obesity: Heart Attack Grill


The recent death of Blair River (29), spokesperson for Heart Attack Grill makes me wonder if  we are indeed a “developed” society. I think we owe moral responsibility for what happened to Blair. We knew he was obese but in the name of “privacy,” “individual choices,” “free market,” the “triumph of capitalism,” and “pursuit of happiness,” we kept quiet. We didn’t give Blair a chance, instead, we encouraged him.

The mock ambulance outside Heart Attack Grill in Chandler is a testimony to this society’s ills. What Blair leaves behind is a little girl in a society that in many ways is backward.