So as I was thinking about what to write about, I was struggling a bit so I thought I would go seek inspiration at my favorite place…Target (you thought I was going to say the gym). Anyway, as I pulled into the overcrowded parking lot, I was someone pull into the handicap spot. Now, I don’t normally notice that very much. It happens all the time and usually the people parking have a good reason to but when I saw this person get out of the car, I just got mad. No other way to put it.
Now before I start this rant, I understand that there are subsets of the group that I’m getting ready to talk about that are either trying to improve their situation or because of genetic or other medical reasons are facing more difficulty than others but those aren’t whom I’m talking. I’m talking about the group that doesn’t care, that has let themselves go and expects everyone around them to accommodate it. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking about obese people, people that are dangerously tipping the scale. People who by their sheer size are given handicap tags so that they can take a few less steps to get to the junk food which they are about to buy.
Obesity is becoming one of the biggest epidemics this country has seen. It’s estimated that over 40 million Americans are Obese or morbidly obese. Which is I think makes sense when you consider the statistic that 78% of Americans aren’t meeting basic activity levels or are completely sedentary. Unfortunately, we’re teaching our kids these habits. Research has shown that at least 15% of the 5-19 year olds are obese.
I have no tolerance for people who like to whine and moan about how sad their situation is but never try to change it. At that point, you’re on your own. If someone really wants to change, I think they can and I think there are plenty of resources available to them. Make an effort to change, and I’ll have empathy for you. Don’t change…and I’m taking away your handicap tag. There are plenty of people that can really use it.