Friday, August 22, 2008

Weight Up, You Guys!

There are so many contests nowadays regarding weight loss. "Whomever loses the most weight will win [enter name of latest electronic fad here]!!" You see them on television, you hear about them in your community, or through work, or through school, or in any other social setting. These weight-losing contests are all over the place.

I don't believe people should be rewarded for doing things they should have been doing in the first place. For example, there's a man who is lazy, unmotivated and unable to control his own eating habits. He finally learns how to balance these things at forty years old, and he's rewarded and treated like some kind of role-model? I don't get it. What about all the people out there who have exercised and eaten healthy for years, never letting themselves become overweight and unhealthy in the first place? Where are their rewards? It's a fucking stupid idea to celebrate the lazy in this world, and it's unfair to everyone else. "But the rewards are just meant to help motivate people to become healthier.", you might say. Well, those who have little or no weight to lose don't even get an opportunity to win the prizes at all in these contests. And if anyone truly deserved a reward for their hard work, it would be these people. Shouldn't the desire to avoid heart disease, diabetes, stroke, fatigue, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma, sleep apnea, gallstones, and high cholesterol, among many others, be enough motivation for us to try a little harder to control our weight? No? Fine then, how about the desire to just look good naked?

I guess only when there's a free iPod to be won...

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