• Enough with excuses

    There are a few medical conditions that can result in a person gaining weight that is difficult to stop but those are rare cases. The other 99% are obese by choice. Stop making excuses, stop blaming others. McDonalds and KFC didn't force feed you on gunpoint. That 1.5L bottle of soda is not on your doctor's prescription for twice a day consumption. 16oz is too much steak for anyone. Hot fudge sundae is not a food group. Parking by the curb in a fire lane just so you don't have to walk 20-steps if parked in a the parking lot is a choice. It is your choice to make. At least be honest about it and don't expect others to treat you special for your personal choices (e.G. You want more space on the place, buy an extra seat or biz class seat).

  • Being obese is your fault.

    While being simply overweight can be attributed to things like a medical condition or lack of healthy food choices, being obese is a whole different ball game. That says to yourself and the people around you that you've made some extremely poor choices in diet and exercise, and you've done so much wrong that it's hard to go back.

  • Being obese is a choice

    Being obese is a choice; people in the US are becoming obese from laziness, less exercise, and more food. Research states that obesity is the 2nd most critical health in america. Being obese can give you a heart attack, it can cause obstructive sleep apnea (causes your breathing to stop during sleep.) you can get diabetes, high blood pressure, and causes acid reflux. Its hard to stop but its your fault in for being that way ion the first place.

  • Exercise is Free!

    Walking around your neighborhood on public roads is absolutely free. In the winter, you can walk around the mall if you dislike the cold.

    You can prepare healthy meals from scratch for LESS overall than you can purchase pre-packaged processed frozen meals. There are plenty of resources for healthy recipes online such as allrecipes and pinterest. Did you know food stamps can even be used to purchase food bearing plants and seeds? Grow a small garden for cheap, healthy veggies and herbs! NO EXCUSE.

  • If the obesity epidemic was as simple as making healthier choices America would most likely be in a much healthier state than it is now.

    Humans are biologically programmed to choose unhealthy foods high in sugar and fat over healthier foods. Fast food companies as well as companies selling processed foods high in sugar and fat take advantage of this by making unhealthy addicting foods unavoidable. Many people just don't have the choice to eat healthy. i.e. food deserts where sometimes people have to drive over 20 miles to reach a supermarket with fresh produce and often times do not have a vehicle to do so. Furthermore, our culture makes unhealthy food available to us 24/7 on the tv, on the computer, on the plane, while we are driving, or by the over saturation of fast food joints across American and then expects that we constantly reject these temptations that appeal to our biologically programmed desires.

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LiaJ says2014-11-04T20:10:31.810
Although there are genetic diseases that do contribute to being overweight or obese, that prove very difficult to overcome, there are many cases where being obese is a choice. However, certain medications can lead to excessive weight gain as well. As human beings, we have no control over what our genes are going to be. We have no control over what genetic diseases we may inherit. However, what we can control is how much we eat, where we eat, whether or not we engage in physical activity, and what time of the day we eat. It has been proven that there are many things that people do that contribute to them being obese. This includes: not eating healthy enough, not exercising enough, watching too much TV, and spending too much time on the computer. Furthermore, if you're the type of person who eats at Burger King everyday, and doesn't really exercise, what do you think is most likely going to happen? Even if obesity is caused by genetics, physical activity won't kill you.

To be honest, I am quite on the fence with this one. The reason being, is that, as stated before, while human beings can, by certain lifestyle choices, to their obesity, there are also factors that contribute to excessive weight gain that are out of their control. I can understand why many people believe obesity to be a choice, something that is within our control. I say this because I have a friend who is obese. All she does is complain about her weight, and constantly whines about being too fat to fit into her favorite pair of jeans. She whines and whines and whines, but here's the thing: she doesn't do anything about it. Even if obesity did run in her family, there's still diet and exercise. Now, I'm not saying that losing or gaining weight is easy. It's not, but I certainly don't feel like it's very fair for this girl to constantly complain about her weight, when there are resources to help her lose weight, and yet she does nothing to help herself. Honestly, it's the people who live unhealthy lifestyles, by eating junk food and never exercising, and who are obese, because of that, is where I can totally see why many people think being obese is a choice.