We shouldn't be too hard on fat people because we don't know how hard it is for them to get thin.
The American public's lifestyle has been changing. That is, they are exercising less and eating in a more unhealthy manner. That correlates with the increasing overweight and obese population. It is also happening slowly, but surely, in other parts of the world that are increasingly adopting aspects of our way of living. The solution to the problem of overweight consists of changing that diet and probably adding some amount of exercise.
Certainly having the fat people themselves shoulder the responsibility and blame for their overweight is not being too harm on them -- it is they alone who are responsible and they alone who can change it.
We know it's *possible* just like we know it's possible for anyone to, say, become a president or a nobel laureate, but if we have any amount of sense we won't despise someone for coming short of these goals.
You're talking reaching a goal that by its very definition, a very, very small portion can acheive. Fortunately, every single person in this country can eat healthier (usually this means less), and the vast majority of them can lose weight. Your scenario would be applicable if we were talking about losing weight to become Ms. America, but we're talking about something nearly everyone can acheive here. The vast minority who have a biological thyroid condition (<5% I believe) are merely more predisposed to overweight and obesity, not doomed to it.
Angry critics get outside, play a little basketball or soccer and think to themselves: "If I were fat, how easy it would be to fix that!". They don't appreciate the fact that if they were, it would be much more difficult, annoying, awkward, less fun and even painful to jog or jump around with the ball.
Well, you can take it in small steps - take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the Carvel for your daily sundae instead of driving, and when you get comfortable with that, start talking walks around the block a few times a week, and see if you can extend it to a few miles. Doing any sort of new fitness exercise is going to involve pain, difficulty, and time. I used to do 12 hour basketball days over the summer, and next to no exercise the rest of the year. When we'd have a particularly high-paced full court game, my muscles would be sore or pulled, and I might have to take a day or few break to go back. Fat people are no different, if they want the benefits, they have to work for them. They're starting at a lower level, but the rules of the game don't change just 'cause they're too steep for their liking. Anyway, while your statement may hold some truth for the majority, I've seen fat people play some ball, believe you me.
I feel you also neglect to mention diet, which is crucial. Fat people are not some burgeoning minority whose rights and culture need to be accepted -- American culture is such that we are increasingly eating too much food and too much unhealthy food. If one wants to address the problem, best to go to the root. And I don't want to hear how hard it is to resist McDonald's or steak or cookie snacks or pizza. If they want it badly enough, they will go for it. Otherwise, they'll opt for the tummy tuck, stomach staple, or the fat pride platform, or even better, just say they like to eat more than they want to lose weight.
And this is the hugest task ever faced by anyone: changing yourself, changing your taste and preference. Your taste gets you through the hard day. If you're a chess player, you think, it's not that bad, and tonight I'll relax and play a good game or two. For a fat man, it's tough - his very joy is the source of his downfall. Just as it is for a crack fiend, tv addict, pc game enthusiast, jesus freak, and the list could fill all kuro5hin posts for a year.
I don't think it's terribly hard to change one's destructive behavior, just that the motivation has to be there. It may take a long, long, time, but eventually one has had enough of the pain of computer games, drugs, or food, that they admit their habit isn't working, or finally decide to resist the temptation, and do it. Once that critical threshold is reached, it's no longer worth it to indulge and measures are taken to discontinue the behavior in the face of the problems it has wrought, and taking the difficulty, be it withdrawal, stress at the beginning, or whatever else, into consideration.
Don't listen to anyone who says it's easy or simple; and don't think so yourself. Hard is thy name, addiction.
Agreed with the first part and partly on the second. People rarely give up a central focus of their life for someone else. It should be done by the person in question for their own benefit, and on their own time. And yes, addiction is a bitch. But this should not be construed as approval for one to continue the destructive behavior because it's too hard to stop; instead we should be empowering the person, letting him know it is up to him, and within his power to stop.
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