For clarity – I. Am. Fat.
I am not overweight. I am not undertall. I am not large, rotund, or whatever other polite phrasing can be employed to describe the mass of my body.
I. Am. Fat.
But I’m not unhealthy. The ticker still works. The mind is sharp as a tack (granted, a little rusty, but I digress…). The plumbing takes what I eat and converts it to energy and waste products without bias or complaint. I take zero prescription meds or supplements. I will occasionally cop to taking an analgesic for various aches and pains that come from 29+ years walking this Earth, and fully admit that I’ve slowed to a leisurely pace in my daily activities.
Now, If you believe the health fascists out there – I should be either dying, or dead. I should be regularly pestering my doctor about this ache or that pain. I should never leave his office without making a new appointment. I should be on several prescription medications to moderate my heart, my blood pressure, my cholesterol, my glucose levels, my emotional stability, and my bowels.
And I should be TERRIFIED by the horrible spectre of aging, determined to beat it off with a large, heavy object.
Wait – I AM a large, heavy object! 😀
It doesn’t end there, unfortunately. According to those ‘in the know’ in Public Health, I should also be regularly beating myself up over what I choose to put in my mouth, and self-flagellating over my lack of determination in the gym. And for the icing on this cake (mmmmmm – cake….) my doctor, my publicly-elected officials, and the public at large should all be more than happy to assist in my flogging.
for my own good, of course…
Why is everyone in the field of Public Health worried over what I do with my body? It’s not their body – it’s mine. They don’t feel the ache in the back that comes from sleeping flat. They don’t feel the stubbed toe. They don’t have to clean the glasses that perch on my nose. They don’t know that Orange Milano cookies are a confection that makes my tongue sing in joy, and Sauerkraut and Dumplings is the traditional Christmas dinner of my family.
They refuse to acknowledge that I am a thinking adult, capable of making my own decisions, and living with the consequences of them.
Everywhere I turn – there they are. Bemoaning the health of our nation. Wringing their hands in agony over the obesity epidemic, the smoking epidemic, the sugar epidemic, the lack of proper funding to assist them in the wars they are waging on health and decency and common sense epidemic…
Oh…wait…no…that’s accurate. Nevahmind…
Waving around another half-baked study which tells the masses that they are doing it all wrong! even though it was their advice in the first place.
Fat is bad for you! Not ALL fat is bad for you!
Eggs are bad for you! Eggs are good for you!
Alcohol is evil! A glass of wine may have benefits.
Smoking, salt, sugar, trans fats, cholesterol, tri-glicerides
QUAKE IN FEAR, PUNY MORTALS!!!!!!!!!
Sorry – I’m too busy being irritated…
There is a rather old bit floating out there on the ‘net about ordering pizza after the scourge of “Public Good” has convinced the masses that what they do is for ‘your own good.’ I’ll leave it to you to decide if this is just ♦bullshit, or just ♦around the corner.