Also I would like to extend - at some later date – these thoughts to other issues. With my record, however, these posts are unlikely to see the light.
James’ post started thus.
As one who some time back looked not unlike the shape of the second from the left above but currently looks halfway between N3 and N4, I feel qualified to have a go at obesity.
Someone said the other day that it is a consequence of a lazy brain and low self-esteem and thus exhorting the obese to eat better and to exercise is a forlorn hope, especially as they’ve rationalized it to themselves for so long now. It’s really, really difficult to get into those eating choices and lifestyle choices and to keep at it.”
My full reply was.
I feel qualified to speak on obesity given that I am fat but then I am qualified to speak for no-one but me.
I don’t want to be fat. I don’t like being fat.
I didn’t choose to be fat despite the fact that I ate the “food” which has made me fat.
I didn’t choose to eat the food which made me fat.
Well, I did choose but I was choosing from a selection of one.
I was depressed, am depressed to some degree, I am overwhelmed by life. I do what I can but choosing good food is beyond me. I can try. I can change for a period but …. life overwhelms again and I revert to what is easy.
I’ve had a GP who exhorted me: “Only you can do it.” Of course, I knew this but I couldn’t do it. That was beyond me.
I am not “in a place” where I can just decide to change and do it. I need support but then I need support in so many areas.
Some may say that I am shirking my responsibility but I am doing all I can every day.
I am fat and unhappy about it.
So many in authority exhort others to do something, or to stop doing something, so that their lives or their children’s lives will be improved.
Then those in authority blame these others and accuse them of being irresponsible for not doing this something as though this were always a deliberate choice.
I suspect many of these others are like me: unable to make any other choice however much they want to change.
Of course, some (or many) may blame me and accuse me of being irresponsible.
There, but for the Grace of God, go you