Could you imagine being 5 years old and running barefoot for an hour to get to school - eyes wide and elated to be learning in a language you didn't understand? Or being given the all-clear after your chemo to have a future with your children? Really - could you? Then why not stop blaming everyone else for your being overweight? Have some discipline, get to a class and make the right choices. Yours are easy ones. Man up.I saw this on Facebook published as a status from an instructor overseas. While I don't agree with her manner of delivery, and her presumption that being overweight is simply a 'lack of discipline' (in some cases that may be true, though I also know several thin people who are equally lacking discipline in maintaining a healthy lifestyle), she is right in that being overweight is a smaller problem to be overweight than it is to go through chemo, than to live in poverty, so forth.
However. Numerous surveys have shown that children would rather lose a parent, live through nuclear war, get cancer, go blind, than be fat. A brief look on the internet exposes you to pro-ana sites that proudly state that they would rather die of anorexic behaviour to be thin than live a life being fat.
When I was a kid I know I several times contemplated picking up a knife and slicing off a chunk of my stomach. Heck, even into my late teens and early 20s I would grab hold of my stomach and say "I wish I could just slice this off...". I don't know how many people thought this way, and I certainly am not speaking for everyone. I know though that I thought for a large portion of my life seriously did think that being fat was the worst thing that could happen to me. If I had cancer, or if I was blind, or whatever else, at least people would have sympathy for me.
For why I was fat as a kid, yes, I can probably point the finger of blame at my mother. She was the one responsible for making sure I was exposed to good nutrition - which, in hindsight, I wasn't. Now I am, though even though I am doing everything right, I am still fat. Telling me now to have some discipline, get to a class and make the right choices... yeah probably not the most helpful thing you can say.
Do not worry, I happen to not give a damn. I happen to now think that I'd rather be fat than lose a parent. I happen to now think that I'd rather be fat than to lose my sight. I happen to now think I'd rather be fat than to get cancer, or live through a nuclear war.
I also would much rather be fat than have a lack of perception and assume that overweight = sedentary.
If you are sedentary, that could be due to a lack of discipline. Overweight? That is a bit more complicated.
You don't know the story of every overweight person out there, so don't go around pretending you know what will 'fix' them. If you're not in their shoes, you have no idea what choices they are making and you have no idea of the life that they are living. Man up, and shut up.