On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 15:38:52 +0000, The Golden Path
>> Since "Obeseity" has been ranked as a national epidemic I
>>think his observations are spot on.
>As the only sane individual posting to rec.running, I think I should
>chip in here.
>Sure, tubbies don't look too nice, not do they seem to be able to
>participate in sporting activities at the level they would choose, but
>don't you think you're being just a ***sy bit harsh? The only
>person tubbies are really hurting is themselves. From a heath,
>social or employment perspective, tubbies do not do as well as their
>skinnier cousins. Surely that's punishment enough?
>As a life-long skinny, I can't conceive of the difficulties faced by
>those on perpetual diets or the obese. Life must be hell, 'cause at
>the end of the day they're fighting themselves. I can't imagine what
>that does to you psychologically, but it can't be good. Hell, if
>wearing crop-tops or lycra make their lives a little more bearable,
>then good luck to them..
For the most part I agree, except for the displaying of
anatomy that simply isn't all that attractive. If someone chooses to
be overweight then more power to them, however making a display of it
simply seems a bit over the top. Let's say someone has a huge booger
*** from there nose and find's that somehow attractive, Should we
all say "Wow that's to bad they don't want to wipe their nose. Seems
perfectly ok though that they sit down next to me in a restuarant and
eat. I'm ok with that" I'm sorry I guess I see some things as
appropriate and some not. Of course what I find appropriate is 100%
based on my opinion and beliefs and in no way means everyone else
should feeel the same.
>At the end of the day it comes down to us, as a society, failing to
>sell the benefits of a healthy, exercise-based lifestyle, to the
>young. If our love for our children is expressed in buying them a
>PS/2 complete with games package, rather than spending time with them
>on the athletics track, should we really be surprised when they turn
>I see fat kids as a reflection of poor parenting. I'd be *very*
>surprised if the parents of fat kids agreed.
In a sense I agree, yet parents can't be everywhere all of the
time. Here's a little story. My kid is a bit overweight, not huge but
definately on the plump side. We do what we can at home, good meals
take her to the "Y", enroll her in classes, sports etc whatever we can
to encourage an active lifestyle.
Moving on. At my childs school we are allowed to buy lunches
on a credit card system. Last year same school we did this on a
monthly basis allow our child, not 12 years old, to buy lunches and
everymonth we'd renew the card. Seemed to work fine with only a couple
of times were she "overused" and ended up bring a lunch for the last
couple fo days of the month. This year we had the option to buy for
the entire year, probably a bad parenting mistake, but we took the
option. Just found out a week ago that she had used the entire years
supply and now has no money left for lunch. Yes you can say we are bad
parents and you'd have strong point by pointing out we didn't check
regularly to see how things were going etc. No problem with taking teh
blame there. The problem I have is that we were not allowed to specify
what the money could be used for. Instead of having teh money used for
the standard school lunch the money was used for "junk food" Chips,
pop, ice cream bars etc. Yes again bad parenting probably, but when
you ask your child what tehy had for lunch and they... bend the
truth... ok lie there ass off... One would assume that a decent lunch
was eaten. However almost any child given the opportunity of
Bag-O-Chips and "standard lunch" goes bag-0-chips. Again yes hind
sight is 20-20 and given the choice again I'd be a bit more
inquisitive and bit less trusting.
None the less guess who gets to eat bag lunches with, carrots
and broccoli and fat free turkey sandwiches for the rest of the year.