I feel a whole lot better today. I am still concerned but I am sure that will never change. I hope not though. I am reminded of those who don't have enough to eat, who weigh more than 300-400 lbs. I am saddened and feel sorry for them. I wish I myself could help someone who is starving or obese. Many of the obese are food addicts who are really in a lot of pain. But no matter what, it is still up to the individual to reach a healthy weight. Some people will be smaller or larger than others. I am reminded of those who are also underweight not just because of starvation, but because of eating disorders. I cannot imagine the pain and excruciation they go through because of their condition. My weight is and should be an issue, but I still have to remind myself that there are others who go through a lot worse. There are many with much larger crosses to bear. Hopefully one day we will all do something about our weight (notice I said we) in order to be healthy.
This "war on obesity" we have should be about physical fitness, health, and individual well-being. I am not even sure if it is a war. It is a struggle and it is a journey, but wars involve winners and losers. I wonder if the reason it is called a war is really deep down a way for the individual to be controlled by government and school officials, instead of parents, doctors, and the individuals. Granted, I have seen more overweight people than ever, but I have yet to see so many overweight people, who, are often stereotyped and demeaned because of their size, that there should be a war on obesity. My point is, I see war and epidemic as words used to scare, control, and divide people. That is just how I feel about it. My journey is not a war and I don't believe that it is an epidemic like the Spanish flu or AIDS. Granted, obesity and unhealthy weight increases the risk of health problems, but like I said, I don't want anyone to tell me or to tax me, either. I want, need, and desire to lose weight, but can anyone say that I am lazy and gluttonous? I can but they can't because I am the one who gained my weight and this is my journey.