Published on July 13, 2019
A question posed to me on Quora not too long ago:
𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹?
The short answer: Yes.
There are, of course, significant causes of obesity, such as those with mental health issues who use food to self-medicate much in the way one might use alcohol, drugs, or other unhealthy soothers. But, this is a small population as compared to those who are not in this group.
All day, every day, all of us (fat people, skinny people and those in between) are making thousands of decisions. We 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 those decisions. We choose every action we take — or don’t take.
Any day we wish, we can choose to start a new activity.
We can choose to start the process of life change.
We can choose to do it immediately, next week, next month, or next year.
We can also choose to do nothing, to remain as we are. The choices are ours to make.
We’re all human, and all humans make bad choices of one kind or another at some point or another. Does a bad choice (or two or more) create a full picture of a person? Of course not. But, we 𝘥𝘰 have both the ability and the responsibility to make better choices.