Being Fat is a Choice

Tuesday, December 25, 2007
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For those with an obese child ages 12 to 17, the survey found more awareness that weight was a problem. Fifty-six percent said their child was “slightly overweight,” 31 percent responded “very overweight,” 11 percent said “about the right weight” and others said “slightly underweight.”

I hate the mainstream chatter on this topic because, in the end, all they want to do is have the government “cure” the problem via collective health decrees. The typical person, however, has accepted fat/overweight as a-ok. Not “normal” (whatever that means), but ok. Watching their kids sleeping in ’til the late am and sitting on the couch all day has become acceptable. In fact, their child’s fatness is typically a reflection of their own lazy lives. Active, healthy, engaging parents rarely bring up fat, lazy kids. Nowadays, “activity” is dragging your kid into Toys-R-Us or playing some stupid, “interactive” video game.

The average American is just overweight, period. Most women my age – and far younger – are, on the average, 20-40 pounds overweight, with flapping arms and no waistline to speak of. The typical comment I hear is, “Oh, well, that’s just me and I have to accept it.” A bullshit excuse if I ever heard one. It is no destiny, but rather, it is a choice – a very calculated choice to trade hard work and long-term benefits (health, performance, beauty) for laziness and short-term satisfaction. In order to rationalize poor choices, people have “normalized” the unattractive, the unhealthy.

I know it depends on where you live, but here in Michigan, a major “fat” state, the number of truly obese people that abound is absolutely remarkable. It’s unprecedented in my own lifetime. How many people over the age of 30 even have a *shape* to their face anymore? Mostly it’s just soft, blubbery skin hanging from their skull, with no cheekbones, no jawline, and no clear distinction between the chin and the neck. Just one large fat deposit above the neck. Waistlines are out, too. The straight shot from shoulder to hips is the typical look. Worse yet are those horrifying bodies wherein the waistline is far wider than the shoulders. Apple and pear shapes abound. Butts are square, misshapen, flat, and flabby. The round, hard butt is a scare asset.

I am just tired of reading, in the mainstream media, that bad choices and ultimate laziness are part of some “disease” that excuses the actor making the choice. I have some articles coming up on health & fitness items, and I can’t wait to finish them with the New Year just ’round the bend. Look for them in January.

On that note, Merry Christmas!

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