A report issued this past Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health blamed a bunch of things for the rising obesity rate in thirty-seven states, including:
- Federal, state, and local governments
- School cafeteria meal planners
- Long commutes
- Longer work hours
- Exclusion of obesity treatment from health coverage
- High cost of health club memberships
- Lack of grocery stores in lower-income areas
- Sedentary entertainment
- "Relentless advertising" of unhealthy foods
- Shortage of safe walking routes to school
- Mochas with steamed milk and syrup
- Sedentary desk jobs
- Lack of bike racks and showers
- Lack of employer support for employees’ exercise time
- Weak top-level leadership at the state legislature level
- Lack of legislation requiring restaurants to provide nutrition information on menu boards
Wow! I sure am glad it’s not my fault!
Yeah right. Just like nobody cares for my finances as much as I do, nobody cares about my health as much as I do. Everyone else cares (a) about making money off of me, (b) expending as little as possible to get me to continue expending energy to benefit their own interests, or (c) making money off of other people by not impeding their ability to make money off of me. If I’m fat, it’s because I didn’t care about my health as much as I should, and nothing else.
I know that I can be normal weight; I’ve done it before. To do that, I have to overcome odds stacked against me. I have to exercise on my own time, without my employer’s financial assistance. I have to pony up for a gym membership (which I did) or find cheaper ways to exercise. I have to resist heavily-advertised fast foods. I have to pay for my own obesity treatments out of pocket.
If I don’t, nobody else will care, I’ll still be fat, and it will still be my fault. It’s my problem to fix.