Hugs and blessings
Hugs and blessings
Dear gods. The excuses just keep rolling don't they.
Now come the banners, proudly unfurled about how 'fatist' society is and how people are being 'body shamed'. The problem is that although every story has two sides, blogs like this reduce down complex issues to the defensive rhetoric of victim hood ignoring completely the cost both personally and to society of the problem of obesity. There is undeniable evidence that being overweight is damaging to individual's health, society and that there is an economic impact of a world where obesity has risen steadily for the last three decades.
Statistics can of course be manipulated to meet the conclusion that the producer of them wants to be reached however, lets not obfuscate the fact that improving health, nutrition and physical activity among children and adults have both a personal and societal gain.
There are many reason why obesity amongst the under 5's has dropped and instead of celebrating the fact that we are finally seeing a breakthroughs in obesity (even if it is in only one small group) attacks from both weight campaigners and the right immediately came out of the woodwork. Now if you want to challenge the statistics that's fine, but the level of denial and faux claims being bandied about has muted the debate to the lowest common denominator.
Body image is of course an important issue, kids and adults are bombarded with 'perfect' body images that they are told that they should adhere to and being underweight of course comes with it's own issues of malnutrition, and other related health issues. But lets not pretend that a campaign to get kids to eat healthier and in a more nutritionally balanced way is somehow an attack on plus size people.
If you want to live a long, healthy life then you need to eat healthy, take exercise and have a nutritionally balanced diet. Kids shouldn't be shamed about their weight, but nor should the severe impact of obesity be ignored because a vocal few are willing to ignore the facts to excuse their own lifestyle choices.
- Writer of Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, SF and Paranormal fictionAuthor, presentCurrently working on my début novel Beyond the Mist, which is a Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy cross over novel. My aim is to have written it in full by the end of the year and have a website set up that is dedicated to promoting and sharing my writing and my novel with my audience.
V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties.
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