Dominique Young Block: 3A
Essay December 12, 2013
In my opinion after being obese for the majority of my childhood, I firmly believe obesity if the fault of each obese individual. There are of course exceptions to this for example, the person who suffers from medical issues that cause weight gain and I am sure there are other reasons that are not within a person's control that hinder their weight loss success, but ultimately, in my opinion it all comes down to 2 things. 1) What you put in your mouth, and 2) whether or not you choose to move your body (exercise) or not.
Obesity is the number 2 killer in America second only to smoking. That's amazing to me but in a world where there are so many horrible unhealthy food options available, it makes eating clean and exercising, less appetizing. It’s far too easy to choose fast food over cooking a healthy meal at home and when it comes to eating out, temptation often wins which contributes to weight gain and obesity. Unfortunately, food is a primary source during socialization, and also used for comfort. In addition, obese people don't look at food as fuel; they look at it as pleasure. Obese folks are more often than not embarrassed about their weight and appearance which leads to depression so they turn to food to feel better which just compounds the problem.
To lose the weight, at least for me, it came down to me hating the obese person I had become. I hated everything there is to hate about being fat and finally, when I hated being obese more than anything else, I made the decision to make some permanent life changes with both food and exercise. Today, 158 pounds lighter, I feel absolutely amazing and I wouldn't trade the 20 months of hard work I did for anything. Nothing feels as good as fit feels! I'm sure opinions will vary on this subject but that's my two cents. I do speak from experience. I know what it takes to lose body fat and keep it off, and I also know that anyone can lose...