My partner's highschool friend said something a couple of weekends ago that got on my nerves. She alluded that her weight was not her fault. That her living situation was not her fault. That she did not know how she was so heavy (300 lbs.) since she barely ate throughout the day.
While reading some responses to people blogs, I came across a comment that acused the general public of preventing kids from praying in school. The commenter claimed that we have become so "liberal" that we have destroyed the integrity of prayer in school. As I type that, I am not sure that it even makes sense.
When I was a full-time gym employee, I would always hear people say that their weight, their health, their lack-of-exercise, etc. was not their fault because (insert any lame excuse).
First, religion is a choice. You are not born with it. You can choose to follow one. You can choose not to. Just as some of us raised Christian choose to only follow parts of the religion that benefit us (Xmas, Easter), we choose to not follow others parts (fasting during lent, abstinence). Why do people who follow a religion think that the rest of us should? And why theirs?
Why are people who are "not the healthiest" always say it is not their fault? I used to tell clients and students that exercise is not about going to the gym to run on the treadmill or lift weights or take a pilates class. Exercise was about being active: take a walk around the City or in the park, clean your own apartment rather than hiring a cleaning person, go dancing, volunteer with a community-betterment group. I, for one, am a big believer in using housework to burn calories (do you know how many calories you burn when you vacuum and dust!!???!!!).
I just find it interesting when people in our country, which supposedly allows us choice, cannot see that they themselves are not allowing choice. If I don't follow your religion, it's my choice. If you are grossly overweight, it's your choice. If you think that our store never carries those olives that you like, than make a choice and don't come back. Just don't make it seem that it is everyone else's choice but yours. Later.