And if you don’t believe that, you should read this essay, which details the level of commitment it takes to lose weight and keep it off. From someone who has been there.
That kind of willpower is not something that comes overnight, and the fortitude to do it long term, for life, is not something that very many people have at all. I’m not sure I have it… If it’s easy, then the only reason not to do it is laziness. But it isn’t easy. It’s really hard…
I hope you’ll appreciate that for the vast majority of people becoming truly healthy is no mean feat, and that basing your assumptions about heavy people on the opinion that it is easy does neither them nor you any credit whatsoever.
I think the line that struck me the most in this essay was that it’s not as simple as “saying yes to exercise or no to a cookie.” When people dismiss the overweight with “oh, just put down the cake and get off your ass” that’s exactly what they’re saying. It’s not all or nothing, by any means. It’s certainly worth being as healthy as you can. But it is hard, at any size. And it’s important to acknowledge that, don’t you think?
Thanks to Laurie for the link!
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