Who Do I Blame Because I’m Fat?

Who do I blame because I’m fat? That is the question I get frequently. I have received this question in messages, emails, phone calls and from clients  in my office. It seems that we are all looking to place blame.

Unless you suffer from an underlying medical or hormonal condition, the onus is on ourselves.

In the last chapter of my book, I trace back to where my emotional reliance on food began.  Though I traced it back to my childhood, it was not a valid excuse. Some day, as much as we may not want to, we must all mature and accept responsibility for ourselves.

I alone was responsible for my morbid obesity.

Which brings me to the following; I received an email from a client, who was especially upset about WILK  radio talk show entertainer, Steve Corbett, who has endorsed businesses in which the food consumed can lead to obesity. This friend was ripping, not because of the commercial, but because the pious and self-righteous Steve Corbett,  constantly preaches against many unhealthy activities. The great unkempt one even goes so far as to rail against smoking, proclaiming an extreme view, that all tobacco CEO’s should be locked up.  My client one time followed a vegetarian diet solely because this radio host proclaimed it as a healthy lifestyle choice.

picture of food on a shelf

It amazes me at how much sway an entertainer can have over some people, but that is the nature of advertising. It is the reason that sponsors will pay exorbitant fees to have someone endorse their product.

However, the point being that no matter the hypocrisy, my client reasoned that if Corbett who portends to be all knowing  preaches other healthy habits, he must know what he is talking about. He began stopping by this establishment regularly. He had so much faith in what the host was saying, that he took all of the education he had received through our meetings and tossed it aside. Much of the gains in his health that he had made fell by the way side as his old habits reared their ugly heads.

Finally, after regaining about twenty-five pounds and feeling so cruddy because he hadn’t been in the gym in almost one month, he sent me an email. He asked for an appointment to get back on track.

Once back in my office, before he even sat down, he began assigning blame. I genuinely could not believe what I was hearing.

I stopped him mid-sentence. I repeated back to him what he was saying. After I repeated myself a few times he understood what had happened. He utilized his faith and trust in another person to justify HIS falling back into bad habits. It was easy, because someone he respected, someone in whom he had put trust, was, via a paid endorsement, implying that  it was okay to eat sugar laden junk food.

After a few weeks my client was back on track. He would soon go from fat to fit.  It only took him two weeks to take off half the weight he had regained and he is back into healthy activities in the gym.

He learned the hard way that entertainers who are paid spokespeople aren’t always correct.




Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared onWYLN TV -35’s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, 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, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his web site www.betterlifeseminars.com.


************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

One thought on “Who Do I Blame Because I’m Fat?

  1. Great post! Abdication of our personal responsibilities in all aspects of our lives seems to be the predominating theme in the U.S. nowadays. We’re all victims.

    Good luck and thank you,

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