Do You Feel Bombarded By Weight and Health Issues From The Media?
These days it seems the media is constantly bombarding us to get healthy, fit and lose weight. Every time you turn around it seems you have statistics thrown at you about the dangers of being obese, etc.healthy, losing weight and managing stress. I don’t remember such a push in the media for health and fitness back 15 years ago. Is America still the fattest and most unhealthy country? Why?
You would think with the message always in our faces, we would not be such an unhealthy nation. Could it be we see the message so much, that we don’t even pay attention. It’s just one of thousands of distractions Americans are inundated with on a daily basis.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for being healthy and fit, it’s just that might mean different things to different people. For example, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s weight is back in the spotlight this week. On Monday Christie even made fun of himself, even eating a donut, on the David Letterman Show.
But on Tuesday, the Governor was very serious about his weight issue even acknowledging that he may have good health right now, but his doctor warns him that his luck will run out. So Christie says he does try and sometimes it works, sometimes not, but it’s something I’m very conscious of.
Even in 2009 when Christie ran for the New Jersey governorship he had to endure his opponent’s trying to use his weight against him. Then Gov. Jon Corzine ran an ad that ended with Christie stepping out of a car in slow-motion. The ad also accused him of “throwing his weight around” to get out of a traffic ticket.
Even Dr. Regina Benjamin, President Obama’s pick for surgeon general, had to endure criticism that, despite her experience and credentials, she was too overweight for the job.
Since having a baby and getting older, I struggle with my weight and it’s an up hill battle. But I don’t know if I had the public always tearing me down and bringing attention to my weight. From someone who is overweight, I know I am, I don’t need anyone to tell me.
Being healthy and fit is important but it takes a lot of work everyday and a lot of fortitude. I feel there has to be another way to portray the message. And I don’t feel it’s by insulting and calling one out, just because that person is in the public eye. Heck, even if you aren’t in the public eye.
My feeling is, calling someone fat and unhealthy is just plain mean. What does that kind of behavior say to our youth? What do you guys think, I’d love to hear from you. Please just comment in the section below.