Why Do We Accept Obesity?

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I don't know whether it is just me or do we seem to be getting more comfortable with the growing increase in obesity in the world today? Sometimes it even seems like we are afraid to talk about it as it may offend people! There is a very important point to be made here, just because someone is overweight or obese, it doesn't make them any less of a person. Everyone should be accepted for who they are and not judged by anyone. 

The point I raise is not about individuals, it is about the fact that obesity can kill. Everyone has the right to do what they choose but I do not believe enough is done to educate people better so even if they do choose to be obese then at least we can say that we have provided information to them. What then happens is that people have the option to use that information as they see fit. 

The biggest problem that I see here is children, in the UK as many as one in five children that enter primary school are classed as obese. In essence, these children haven't had the chance to life before being overweight and it is such a shame. One problem here is clever advertising that is placed during kids TV, the adverts that even claim that a chocolate spread is healthy are even worse. Kids respond to visual, I know I did, and having constant messages thrown at them about sugary cereals and sweets isn't really helping combat childhood obesity. This is something that is widely accepted and the advertisers have to be forced to use phrases like "eat with a balanced diet" This is normally a small disclaimer at the bottom of the advert which is designed to used if needed but not seen due to the colours and attention grabbing pictures. 

If we then mix this with computer games and social media, inactivity and sugary foods do not help the obesity crisis. Because we widely accept these things, in a way, we accept that obesity is a by product and it is unavoidable. Fitness and exercise are becoming almost unusual activities because of increase in technology and also the explosion in fast food consumption. 

When we talk about smoking, the cigarette packets clearly state that smoking kills, if we however talk about the fact that obesity can kill, is almost seen as offensive to people. Do smokers get offended when we say smoking kills? I didn't because when I smoked I accepted that as a risk. 

In closing, I do not believe that people should be criticized for being obese but more needs to be done to educate people so at least we give adults and children alike a fighting chance. 

 

Hi I'm John Hill, I am a personal trainer based in Birmingham. If you are tired of fad diets, boring exercise programmes or you just want to get back in those skinny jeans, I am the man to help! After losing five stone  myself I know how tough it is so I would love to help you achieve your goals 

http://johnhill.inspiringfitness.co.uk

 

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