Here's an Opinion.
It's pitiful that I feel the need to include a disclaimer for merely critically thinking about, and forming an opinion on a subject that people seem to be hypersensitive about, but here goes.
Overweight people shouldn't be unabashedly be put down, discriminated against, or otherwise treated as anything less than human. I don't really care if you're fat. I also don't really care if you're skinny. Heck, I don't even care if you're skinny fat (which is actually a thing).
What I do care about, more than any of those defining characteristics, is whether you are "healthy." Of course "healthy" can mean anything because of it's multi-faceted and wildly accepted descriptions based on whatever seems most self-serving to each individual.
There's a time and a place for a witch hunt.
Not everyone has the ability to control their weight. That is an obvious and relatively widely accepted fact due to a number of different physical and mental conditions, congenital or otherwise. If you fit into this category, I am not talking to you, but I hope you are provided the appropriate care enabling you to live a comfortable, normal, and generally healthy lifestyle, all things considered.
This is only because it may be out of your hands to be able to effectively manage your weight. However, there should still be an expectation both innately and as a society, that on a case-by-case basis, you should still be attempting to manage your own symptoms and conditions to the best of your abilities.
"Fat Shaming" is wildly inappropriate for anyone falling within the aforementioned categories, but if you don't fit into the above, we need to have a serious conversation. More importantly, you need to have a serious conversation with yourself about where you're at and what you want out of life. Whatever your justification is, the coddling tendencies of our culture aren't helping you, so I will try.
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Society isn't doing you any favors by being accepting of your potential lack of effort.
Maybe I just grew-up recently and started noticing things, but was society always plagued with such a push-over attitude when it comes to doing what's right instead of what's easy?
We could extrapolate that to any number of scenarios - dad bods, being offended, disrespectful children who can't stand losing or sharing, taking advantage of welfare, etc. - but let's relate it to health and fitness.
When did it become acceptable to be fat and be okay with it personally, but also have society back you as it's champion for all that's right and good in this world? You're either unhealthy now, or on the fast-track to being unhealthy somewhere down the line. Sugarcoat it all you want, I'm sure some would thoroughly enjoy that (not gonna lie, I would too), but there is no such thing as "big boned," because by golly, I have never seen a fat skeleton.
Furthermore, though being beautiful in your own skin is truly a wonderful sentiment, whatever amount of emotional turmoil you might save by being accepted by society for "who you are" is just setting you up for larger more stressful consequences down the road.
Is it more stressful to hear you are overweight and unhealthy now, or is it better to wait 15 years and hear that you have Diabetes, your foot needs to be amputated and the other has extreme neuropathy, your life expectancy is not much past 55, and you probably need quadruple bypass surgery sometime in the near future...
Of course this is all exaggerated to make a point, but all of these things are well within the realm of possibility if being fat is perceived as being normal for the masses. When does it finally get to a point to where you are spurred into action?
If you made it this far, admit it, you're hooked. There's plenty more where that came from!
You really don't have an excuse to be fat anymore. Here's why.
If you are a have a body, can talk, are employed, and have a shred of self-respect, there should be very little room for excuse as to how you're overweight.
You have an abundance of resources at your disposal which make avoiding obesity a cakewalk. Health magazines, blogs, websites, Youtube, personal trainers, gyms on every corner, amazingly cheap rates, nutrition advice, snake oil panaceas, and even bro science.
Be fat all you want if you're at least trying to figure it out, and, at the very least, not letting it get worse. If your results are elusive, that just means we have to look more closely at some factors and figure out your best route, but you have no excuse to not even being trying!
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Moreover, if your children are overweight, you seriously need to reevaluate your situation. It should be nearly impossible for kids to be overweight, because their metabolism is naturally running at a million miles per hour (if that was a unit of measurement for metabolism) compared to adults.
Between recess, sports, playing outside with friends, and whatever other hobbies they enjoy, you have to be doing some seriously intentional sabotage in order for a child to become overweight.
Theoretically as a parent you would hope that your children could avoid having to endure unnecessary hardship such as this, but McDonalds does have a ball pit afterall, so screw the bad food. Before you know it, you just fed your child 2000 calories of mostly unhealthy fat in single meal because it's just so damn cheap and so damn easy.
At the end of the day, this problem is only going to get worse as access to unhealthy lifestyle choices becomes increasingly easier and accepted as normal behavior. Just know, I've got my eye on you and I'm always ready and willing to help if you need it.
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