I realise that although I have written several posts about responsibility, self control and general lifestyle, I have not published them. I usually edit sources in, as well as refine and improve what I write, so things that should be published fall by the wayside, and in actuality, will likely get recycled into newer content.
This post addresses some issues for which I have made posts, but never published the writing, and so if something appears out of place, I apologise. It’s simply more efficient to have my ideas down, and edit and refine them into something worth reading – though this is largely an exercise for myself. Anyway, onto my point:
Many people go through life given the inherent ability to control and limit what they do. Whether this comes down to frugality, or simply holding in anger to avoid escalating a situation, it all counts as self-control. Mastering the mind is as important as mastering the body, after all.
Yet, we see in the Western world a huge obesity epidemic. An epidemic of ever increasing size and proportions, which all comes down to a lack of self-control. Physics dictates that eating 1000 calories worth of food per day, and weighing 90KG (200lbs), will not allow you to put on weight. You simply burn too much just being alive for this to happen. And yet, many people will fall back onto this defence: Chronic Under-reporting of calorific intake. This is not even the worst of it.
Self control here is simply knowing when to put the pie down and go for a run. Maybe that’s simplifying it a little, but the premise is remarkably close to the truth. If you are constantly cramming food and sugary drinks into your mouth, you are going to put on weight. Having self control in this regard, as mentioned, is knowing what your body’s limits are, in regards to metabolism and calorific intake (for instance, how many calories your body needs to maintain weight). Even so, many overweight people will report that diets do not work. No diet will work if you cannot exercise the self-control which you clearly lack.
In this way, many obese people will be pointing fingers elsewhere. This is especially true of fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds, where high energy food is combined with cheap prices. Anyone who has been to McDonalds has had the thought of ‘just one more’, but whats separates the obese from the ‘normal weight’ people, is that normal weight people know at what point ‘just one more’ is hazardous for one’s health.
In this latest finger pointing episode, Coca-Cola have been labelled hypocrites because they are on an ‘anti-obesity’ push. Let’s ignore the complete misuse of the word ‘Hypocrite’ here, and look at the more important issue.
Coca-Cola, as far as I am aware, have never said that people have to buy their drinks. The point of advertising it that it suggests to people a choice – and makes them desire an object. ‘Get Obese and buy more of our drinks’ is not a very effective slogan, no matter how much people could delegate the blame to Coca-Cola.
They exist to make money, by selling their products. You are under no obligation to buy their products, and in no way does Coca-Cola force you to buy their products, and yet still they are called hypocrites, with suggestions that Coca-Cola should take the blame for obesity levels.
This is total and utter fucking bullshit.
I am not trying to defend a large company here – but this idiocy has become endemic amongst a population and culture so willing to point fingers instead of stepping back and look at the real problem: Some people just have no fucking self-control.
Of course a diet isn’t going to help you. I can’t help you. No one can help you. You can’t even help yourself. Liposuction is not an alternative to learning self-control. If you can’t resist that ‘one more’ urge, then do not blame it on a company whose product you like, simply because you feel you shouldn’t take the blame for your situation.
And the worst of it? This finger pointing is coming from fucking doctors. It’s a depressing day when you realise that you can’t rely on medical professionals to have rational thought about something like this; Blame big business, obesity is their fault, not yours.