The recent earthquake and hurricane that effected the northeast part of the country reminded me of the horrific tragedies in Japan and started me thinking and reflecting.
In my Navy days I visited Japan on several occasions. I have fond memories of both the country and the people. Those I was honored to have met possessed a strong character and an incredible work ethic. They demonstrated a widespread respect for people and an apparent dislike for personal weakness. Those I had become acquainted with were not excuse makers; they were doers. Although currently, they remain genuine victims of horrific natural and now man-made disasters, with incredible resolve they have taken the steps necessary to deal with their very real adversity.
Observing their strength led me to think about the victim mentality so prevalent here in our own country. There are those that are merchants of victimhood whose sole goal is to convince others that they are victims and that they need to:
-One; blame someone
-Two; rely on someone else to relieve their victim status
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Locally here in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA, WILK Newsradio’s talk jock Steve Corbett is a classic example of victimhood peddling. Utilizing desperation, delusion and demagoguery he attempts to convince people that their lot in life is the result of one group and their salvation is in the hands of another group.
What would drive someone to knock the downtrodden further down?
When did we lose the inner power of the Rugged American Individual?
What does any of this have to do with weight loss or fitness? Perhaps nothing, but more than likely — everything.
I started wondering about differences between true victims and people who are convinced to become victims. Concerning obesity, this victim mentality comes from movements like the Fat Acceptance Movement or Fat Rights groups. These organizations want people to feel victimized because of their choices. I emphasize, I am not referring to those whose obesity is caused by a genuine underlying medical condition. I am speaking of those who do not take the appropriate steps to control their weight and fitness levels, yet wish to take control.
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I have heard more excuses than I can recall as to why one is obese and out of shape. Hell, I used most of those same excuses myself. However, there must come a time when you look in the mirror an accept responsibility for your current physical condition. Yes, there is some general, genuine blame to go around:
-Dr. Ancel Keys
-Senator George McGovern
-The U.S.D.A. Food Pyramid
-And others I’m sure
However, blaming others only increases your victimization. By placing blame, you also are looking for someone else to fix the problem. Here is the cold, hard reality.
- You are responsible for gorging on the foods you should not eat.
- You are responsible for not getting up and moving around.
- You, and only you, are responsible to improve your physical condition.
I understand how hard, cruel and unfair life is. Much of my life is collapsing around me. Not to go into specifics, but things in a large part of my world are not good. If not for the mental discipline that allowed me to take control of my physical condition and weight, I can only imagine how much worse matters would be.
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Like the primordial titan Atlas supporting the earth’s sky, it is the strength of my mind, combined with the healthiness of my body, that will not allow my legs to collapse under the crushing weight upon my shoulders. We are capable of commanding only one factor in life — ourselves. So, take charge and don’t allow anyone to manipulate you into a becoming a victim of obesity..
Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now; A life beyond weight loss.
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, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.
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