Corporate Peon: Choices Part 1

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Choices Part 1

There are some people in our world who feel that homosexuality is a choice. They don't understand why others would make that choice, living as we do in today's world, where homophobia, hate crimes, and general discrimination make living with such a choice harder than living should be.

I'm not here to debate homosexuality. I think you all know where I stand on that subject. I'm here, instead, to debate a different choice - obesity.

Yeah, I know, there are thyroid issues out there, and other glandular problems. I'm not touching those.

I'm talking about the everyday people who are F.A.T. Whose BMI (body mass index) is greater than 30.0. Who know they are overweight, but yet don't seem to have the discipline, the willpower, the sheer will to lose the weight that puts their health at risk.

Obese people don't live the same life that 'normal' people live. Finding clothes can be an unhappy challenge. Fitting into seats on buses, cabs, planes, can be uncomfortable. Walking can be a problem. Eating in public can get you stares. And forget about being hit on at the bar, not to mention how hard maintaining a healthy self-esteem is.

So why, then, would anyone 'choose' to be obese? I've always thought that if a guy doesn't want to date me because I'm not the media-perfect image of beautiful, then that's fine - that's not a guy I would want to date anyway. The truth is, though, that I'd like the option.

And yes, I'm making generalizations. But there are some truths to what I say.

I know what it takes to lose weight. Burn more calories than you take in. Simple enough, right?

God, I hope so.

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