One reason America was great compared to today’s America, people made healthier decisions. It made people gag when someone in a scooter was seen coasting by, with half their belly or back end hanging out of their shirt. Now, with today’s “fat acceptance” it’s becoming harder to call obesity what it is: disgusting and dangerously unhealthy.
I’ll admit at 28 and having had one child, I’m significantly overweight. At 191lbs, I started the Summer Slim Down challenge at my local YMCA hoping to find the encouragement I needed to slim down and shape up. Today, over half of Americans are obese and this is causing large amounts of problems in todays society. Sometimes I wonder, if Obesity were taken out of the picture would we still be having a debate about the American Health system? Maybe it took everyone getting fat to acknowledge there WAS a problem.
As of yet, I have lost 4 1/2lbs in one week, creeping down to 186.4lbs to this day. My goal is 145, and at the rate I’m going it’s completely feasible. 80% of my strategy has been diet and counting my calorie intake, drinking less sugar, and drinking more water. This with the combination of exercise and peer pressure. I’ve been going down the right path so far.
Another thing that’s stopped is being able to acknowledge someone AS fat. I would tell someone, “God I’m fat!”, and they would say, “No, you look fine”. This fat acceptance thing doesn’t help people’s self-esteem. Most people WANT to lose weight, and telling them that they’re fine just the way they are, is keeping them in that state. It’s not supportive, it’s enabling. It crushes any motivation to do something about it and only encourages their behavior.
I’ll admit, I’m NOT that big compared to many in my own age. However, I feel just as big because I know my weight isn’t healthy. I feel depressed because I used to look good and WANT that again. Plus I know that my health would drastically improve if I lost weight. And anyone who thinks I’m taking it too seriously, might want to watch a video on Netflix called “Obesity: post Mortem” perhaps you’ll learn just how serious Obesity is.
I’m willing to Make America Great Again and going against “Fat Acceptance” by getting rid of my extra fat. Are you?