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This post would be a whole lot better if I screen shotted the comment that inspired it all, but the original poster removed it from my Facebook wall and now I’ll probably sound like a raving lunatic.
Yesterday I shared a link to the article, When Did “Fat” Become A Four Letter Word? with this comment….
“Instead of picking on someone who struggles to shed their unwanted pounds, why not support them in their efforts? ”
Why this isn’t the predominate mindset, I’ll never understand.
The article and story of Jennifer Livingston is coming right on the heels of Emmie’s elevator experience at FitBloggin and a troll making fun of the FitBloggin’ group photo saying the chairs and floor were “screaming for relief.”
All of this blows my mind but that’s not even my point. The comment that sparked me to write today was not about how they agreed or disagreed with bullying people about weight. It was a finger pointing blame statement about our culture and availability of food causing us to be fat.
This is where I would share the comment if it wasn’t removed by the author but you’ll just have to trust me when I say it went something like this…
Food is always available and surrounds us everywhere. That’s why we’re fat.
Again, not a direct quote but the gist of the statement was finger pointing the cause of fatness.
When I read it I thought it was odd and misplaced which is why the author probably removed it, but it got me thinking.
Does is Really Matter?
I’m so tired of hearing about obesity statistics and theories why we’re fat.
I don’t care.
That’s right… DO NOT CARE.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor Frankl
We can’t change our current culture (at least not immediately) and we can’t change the fact that not-very-good-for-us food is pretty much constantly, readily available, but what we CAN change is our reaction to it all.
At the end of the day I don’t even really think it’s about fat vs. skinny. It’s about us living a little more consciously, actively, and unapologetically while supporting others that want to do the same.
Regardless of their body size.
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