viviennem wrote:The thread about the BBC2 new series The Men Who Made Us Fat triggered these thoughts, but I decided to post them here 'cos I didn't want to send the discussion off on a tangent.
Noblehead posted:. . . eating fast food and sitting about on our backsides makes us fat
I'm not sure the quote is exact but something along those lines.
Now I'm not offended and haven't taken it personally, so I'm not criticising you directly, Noblehead. You were talking about what the programme's message might be. But it saddened me rather, as it does reflect an underlying attitude - probably an unconscious attitude - that by implication, those of us who don't exercise - choose not to.
The majority of my longer, ranty posts will at some point show me for what I am - a staunch advocator of exercise. However, I do try and always get in that for me, the emphasis is on leading an active lifestyle from an early age as prevention. There are too many overweight children around and I think it's a terrible shame because they learn from their parent's attitude towards eating and exercise. Once an adult, the choice is yours but in this day and age, knowing all we do, people still wait until they are in poor shape to decide it's worth doing something about.
I don't think anyone would be insensitive enough to direct such comments at people who genuinely can't do anything. If I do forget about people in your situation it's normally because my focus is on what I perceive to be the majority who choose not to. I'll also quickly add that no, not children are fat through not exercising and not all parents are to blame!