In my writing and speaking I focus on the positive aspects of life, not only to be motivational, but to inspire those that are battling obesity to take charge of their own lack of self-control and in turn take command of their lives.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance or worse for not be welcoming of their mission statement which reads; NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people.
Look at some of my before pictures. I was an unhealthy, unfit and an undesirable three hundred and forty pounds. What my detractors don’t understand, or perhaps just don’t like, is the fact that I shed my victim status and took responsibility for my deplorable physical condition.
As far as improving quality of life — the best way to improve quality of life is to shed body fat and embrace a fit lifestyle. I do not require, nor do I desire, an organization to justify my lack of inner-strength nor to propose legislation to force others to make accommodations for my lack of self-discipline.
There are others outside the world of weight loss and fitness who just as wholeheartedly promote people to embrace victim status. WILK’s Steve Corbett jumps to mind as the leading local voice attempting to convince his listeners that others are responsible for both their lot in life and their salvation.
The victimizers not only want, but need us to accept the role as victim. Their own self worth, advancement of their ideals and excuses for their own weakness requires that their target audience scapegoat others for their predicaments. The victimizers entire sense of self is dependent upon the victimization of the masses. Without people accepting victims status, they have no audience and in turn possess no tangible self worth.
In the battle over obesity how can you no longer be a victim? In the absence of an underlying medical condition, accept the fact that you are responsible for your current condition. Once you accept that it is your choices, your responses to situations that led you to where you are; resolve to no longer be a victim of those particular choices.
I have written about two amazing young people; Stephanie Jallen and Bethany Hamilton. Both of these young people could very well have been the victims of circumstance. Yet, these women made a choice that they would NOT be victims. They would not simply overcome their situations, but they would succeed regardless of what others would perceive as limitations. They did not blame others for what happened to them. They accepted what fate had delivered into their lives and have gone on to great achievements.
What is most fascinating about these two incredible individuals is that they made their decisions not to be victims at young ages. Stephanie was nine years old when she embarked on her dream of being a champion paralympic skier and Bethany was thirteen when she made the choice not allow the loss of an arm to derail her dreams to be a champion surfer.
However, those who promote victimization would tell you just the opposite. They do not want you to believe in yourself. They do not want you to accept individual responsibility and perhaps most importantly, they do not want you to believe that you as an individual can conquer your own inner demons. There are no more malevolent persons than those that want you to be convinced that your fate, your position or your condition is the fault of someone other than yourself. The evil resides in their desire for you to stay fat and down and out simply to justify their existence.
Dr. Joe Leonardi is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.
- The Triumph Of The Human Spirit; Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer (fatthenfitnow.wordpress.com)
- Being An Overweight Child and Being Bullied (fatthenfitnow.wordpress.com)
- The Fat Acceptance Movement (everydayhealth.com)