Disappointing more than anything, as it is another indication that the individual rarely has control over one's self.
Chissler, I'm gonna hafta disagree with ya here. Unless these people are physically incapable of taking care of themselves, each individual MUST
learn/have control over one's self.
The entire problem
starts with the lack
of self-control, and the problem will end when people embrace the fact that they DO have a huge
measure of control over themselves (all other things equal).
I smoke. And yes, when another smoker lights up, I tend to join in. But society (or any external authority figure) telling me that I cannot smoke or
(goodness forbid) snatching away my cigarettes is not going to make me quit.
NO ONE other than myself can make me quit.
Sure, tie my hands behind my back -- and yes, physically, I'm not allowed to smoke. But that doesn't make the mental habit disappear, nor is the act
of forbidding/disallowing doing anything
towards helping the me why this or that action is incorrect. It is simply telling me that I can't do
it under threat of punishment... and my inner rebel no like being ordered around.
Until I'm physically incapable, *I* am the one picking up the fork. Not society.
It ALL comes down to self-control.
Yes, all the media and social stigmas and whatnot are still ingrained. I see myself as fat thanks to growing up staring at air-brushed toxin-injected
saline-inflated models. Truly, a gift from society... meant sarcastically, but also seriously. Society gave me that self-image distortion. And now the
challenge lies on my shoulders to figure out for myself how to best live with it. And all I can do is offer advice to others... and let them work it
out for themselves.
We're sooo used to quick-fix solutions that we've completely forgotten self-discipline.
Instead of putting the fork down and exercising and eating nutritious foods in moderation... we run to the plastic surgeon to have our insides
vacuumed (fat cells like errant dust bunnies) and our stomachs stapled. In doing this, we have un-done the physical appearance of obesity, but have
not solved the individual's problem that caused it in the first place.
No, we're not entirely in control of everything that happens in our lives. But, I control what I do, what I say, how I act... and so it's reasonable
to say that every single person (all other things equal) controls what they do, say, and how they act. If they want to follow a trend -- let them hop
on the bandwagon. It's their choice. But it's unfair, if not incomplete, to blame the whole of society for the individual's choice...