In this world of tolerance and acceptance of everything, I think we’ve lost much of our sanity about it all. Oh, I fully realize that what I’m about to say will not sit well with some folks, but hear me out.
We now live in a world in which we want everyone to feel comfortable about themselves, regardless of the consequences. And while there are many issues I could talk about, I’m going to talk about weight…ie., being fat. And before you think I’m tossing stones, know that I’ve got about 50 extra of those things called pounds that I could really stand to be rid of. At some point in time, our culture decided to try to make the fat people not feel so bad. But I think trying to make fat people feel good about being fat is doing them an incredible disservice.
First, being fat just flat out isn’t healthy. Oh, I know that there are some folks who have genuine health issues and the struggle with fatness is a genuine struggle. Most, I think, though, are just fat because they’re too lazy to get rid of it and/or they don’t pay attention to what they eat. I fall in the second category mostly because I have a tendency to just eat what I like, regardless of calories, sodium, sugar, etc. Okay, that’s changing a little for me and maybe that’s what inspired me to write this. But, being fat brings on health issues with heart, muscles, bones…and—my struggle—cholesterol!
I’ve seen heavy preachers preach the same sort of message: it’s okay to eat and “be healthy.” But I’d respectfully disagree. Even if there are no “glutton” issues, being fat is what? It’s a discipline issue. I mean, the fact that I don’t pay attention to what’s in the food I eat is a self-discipline issue. Getting fat and then not doing anything about it is also a self-discipline issue. Someone smarter than me might be able to immediately quote the scripture, but I seem to recall something that we are to have self-discipline in everything we do. This includes eating and exercise.
So I’m not sure when or where in history we started the idea that being fat was “okay,” but I don’t think that the right message to send. No, I don’t mean we all have to be super-model thin (some would say anorexic thin), but I don’t think “fat” is something that we should look on with favor. And no, I don’t think means we should suddenly be mean to people who are fat (cause I don’t want any of y’all being mean to me!), BUT, I think we should all look for ways to participate in the battle of the bulge.
Okay, now I’ve made myself feel sufficiently bad enough that I must go get on the treadmill.