Monday, January 28, 2013
Perhaps the real question here is Would You? Could You? Should You? Why or why not? And exactly how would it be done, and who would be in charge? The question was brought up in a poll whether it would be good to "shame" people into losing weight -- the same way smoking was made unacceptable in airlines, in restaurants, in nearly all businesses. Ads blared out about it on TV, on the radio, and on our billboards. SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH!
Sure, so is being obese. But in some people it is not caused because we stuff our faces with the wrong foods. It's not even because we plop ourselves down on a sofa and watch TV until it's time to go to bed. Exercise? What's that? So what is the cause of American's being obese? Much of the blame starts in childhood. A basic diet that is filled with too much fat and too many sweets. Instead of milk, the kids drink soda -- many of them drink soda for breakfast. Instead of a bowl of oatmeal and fruit, they get a sugary/fat saturated toaster treat. It's easy. And the lunches the children are served at school are not what they should be, nor are the treats offered in the vending machines. Many kids are raised on hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries & soda.
And when we grow up and get jobs (if we're lucky enough to land one) our bad eating habits follow us. At lunch time we grab something inexpensive but unhealthy at Burger King, Jack-In the-Box, or any fast food that is convenient. You have to be pretty motivated to living a healthy lifestyle to pack a healthy lunch. And you want to "fit in." Everyone else eats out, you look stupid if you don't join the crowd. And if you're lucky you might be one of those who can eat like lumberjack and never gain an ounce.
But beware! Eventually there will come a time in our lives when our unhealthy food choices will take their toll. If they don't turn you into an unattractive glob of fat, you may suffer other consequences: hardening of the arteries, sugar diabetes, indigestion, the list goes on and on.
But is it something that you want dictated to you by our government? It's enough that you are told how fast to drive, what type of clothing to wear to work, how to act, lots of rules and regulations to follow. Now they want to tell you what to eat! Do we deserve this? Are we really so stupid and immature that it comes down to dictatorship before we do something that is really for our own good? Do we take our doctors advice about losing 10 pounds, then in 3 or 4 years, he's advising that we take off 50 pounds? How bad do our lives have to get before the lightbulb goes on in our head and we realize we could live a better life if we made better food choices and exercised regularly? You tell me!
To all of you who have a legitimate medical reason for being overweight -- you have my sympathy and my apologies. I am not trying to put the spotlight on you, afterall, you can't help the weight gain. And I know when you look at a person you don't know if they are heavy due to the medical problems they have or if they just eat too much and don't exercise. No one really has a right to judge another human being. But that is what the government seems to be considering. Are they right or are they wrong?
Tell me what you think!!