I’m supposed to be doing my boot camp workout right now, and after that cleaning up, getting ready, tidying up the house, prepping lunch, taking my dog for a walk to deliver flyers in my neighborhood, then onto all my Agnes & Dora fun!
But, I’m sitting here distracted by my Facebook news feed which is blowing up with the recent storms that have hit the south and midwest, a viral video that my sister-in-law helped start (I saw her share it first) and is now coming back to me in my newsfeed through an entirely different circle of friends, and then this shared article by Maria Kang (whom I admire) popped up and I was sucked in!
But, I’m coming back to this article titled “6 Things I Don’t Understand About the Fat Acceptance Movement” because it voices many of the issues that I have with America and this epidemic of obesity. Basically the article points these 6 things out:
America is extremely accepting of fat.
“Body positivity” should include health.
“Health at every size” seems physically impossible.
People are allowed to not be attracted to certain body types.
Food addiction is a real medical problem.
Childhood obesity is something we can’t be accepting of.
Go read the article, it is short. I want to say that I don’t hate fat people, but I don’t agree with their lifestyle. At all. I do understand that some people have medical conditions in which causes excessive weight gain like Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s Syndrome, but that percentage is low.
Most people’s extra weight or obesity is caused by over-eating and not getting enough exercise. Obesity is a sign of over-indulgence, laziness, and lack of concern about the well-being and health of the body.
Every once in awhile I come across segments from that TLC show called “My 600 Pound Life”, and as much as I sit there amazed at how someone could get that way, I am also disgusted.
Here’s the thing. I have been taught from a very young age that my body is a temple and a gift from God that I have a responsibility to take care of. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe that I should only put good things into my body and refrain from over-indulgence, drinking, smoking, and using drugs, among other things. I don’t drink wine, or coffee, or tea, or beer, because those things can harm my body and ability to function.
Besides those things I abstain from, I have also been taught the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Not only eating right, but exercise is a huge part of keeping my body healthy. I believe that in order to be the best disciple of Christ that I can be, I need to protect my body, and keep it healthy so that I can have the energy I need to serve Him, serve those around me, and have the faculties to continue growing, learning, and challenging myself.
To come full circle, my religious beliefs are the root of my disdain for obesity. I believe it is wrong to harm your own body to the point that it cannot function on its own properly. You would not harm someone else intentionally, right? (So we think, yet childhood obesity is a huge issue as well.)
So, I agree full-heartedly with this woman, that we are too accepting of obesity. Of the problem itself. Please, don’t mistake my disdain for obesity as hateful. I have many friends who are considered “over-weight” yet, I love them and would do what I could to help them live a healthier lifestyle, if that is what they wanted. This is a prime reason for my efforts to obtain a certification as a Personal Trainer. To have the opportunity to help others live a healthier lifestyle. Just like I loved my Grandpa who smoked, I didn’t like that he would smoke, and as a young child would often ask him to stop because I knew it was harming him.
Obesity is a problem that is exacerbated by our society in which unhealthy food is cheaper, drive-thru’s convenient, and the freezer/easy-prep meal is the way to go. There are so many issues with our food industry, how our food is raised, how it gets to us, and how food processing makes things cheaper and taste better is only harming us more.
Food is addicting and is made addicting so people keep eating the wrong stuff. But that does not give anyone an excuse to not take charge of living a healthier lifestyle. So many people have made positive healthy changes in their life and have dropped hundreds of pounds. The reason more people don’t do it is because it is HARD!
So, as a people in the face of a problem, we should be a little less accepting of obesity, and more accepting that our friends and family need help living a healthier lifestyle. We need to support in efforts to do so, to encourage when times get hard, and always help motivate them to change.
Reality is, obesity is killing people. It is killing your family, friends, and neighbors slowly (because obesity leads to all sorts of problems within the body that kills people.) So, tell me, why should we be accepting of something that does? We should be reaching out to help solve this problem, and not stand by and say, “it’s ok.”