Will Ferrell And The Office Take On Obesity

Will Ferrell excitedly talking with the rest of The Office crew

Will Ferrell Guest Staring In "The Office" In Order To Take Over Steve Carell's Position. Photo by Chris Haston – © NBC Universal, Inc.

NBC’s television show, The Office, finally took on a real subject last night with a great performance by recent guest star Will Ferrell.

Warning: Small Spoiler Alert!

DeAngelo Vickers as played by Will Ferrell Smiling in at his desk in his new office

He can lose 200 pounds, but he can't resist the sweet taste of some delicious cake! Photo by Chris Haston © NBC Universal, Inc.

Ferrell’s character, DeAngelo Vickers, brags about how he lost over two hundred pounds. And because he “beat” obesity, Vickers proclaims he was unstoppable and could take on any obstacle or situation that would come his way.

Well, it all sounds great except for one thing; the question of how he accomplished the weight loss was never really explained.

However, a very disconcerting issue that hits home to more than 90% of America was addressed. While sitting alone in the break room, Ferrell’s character suddenly took notice of Dunder Mifflin’s office vending machine. Filled with nothing but sugary addictive treats, he suddenly starts to fight the temptation of struggling with his old habits and desires. In the end, he finally manages to fight off his urges and walks away.

Towards the end of the show, Ferrell’s character didn’t hesitate to take the first big piece of a cake during an office party. Naturally, everyone gives him that typical look that all people give to dieters. It’s that look that makes you feel like you’ve committed a moral sin whenever you eat anything that isn’t copacetic with a Weight Watchers diet.

Unfortunately for Ferrell’s character, taking that first piece of cake was an ultimate trigger. After eating the first piece, he ended up throwing it in the garbage out of pure disgust and disbelief in his lack of willpower. It triggers the battle between his mind and his body over the cake; he’s grabbing pieces of the cake with his hands and ends up throwing them into the garbage in a repeating power struggle over the delicious yet unhealthy treat.

This kind of outbreak is almost always indicative of food deprivation and poor dieting, not to leave out what I truly believe sugar addiction can do to a person.

Overall, I applaud The Office for creating an episode that brings such a real and serious health issue to the public light in an entertaining way.

Be sure to check out this and other recent full episodes of The Office.

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