After the media firestorm created by the LaCrosse news anchor that made headlines by responding to a viewer’s email, I have received just over a dozen emails asking what my opinion of the situation is. Here it is:
I consider myself a healthy guy. Along with living a mainly gluten free lifestyle now, I still exercise regularly and I eat healthier than most people I know. I like helping people find supplements, develop healthier eating styles, or create workout routines to help them live healthier lives. I don’t, however, judge people based on their lifestyle or body size. I believe everyone has a responsibility to be healthy, but they need to be healthy at a pace that feels comfortable to them. I don’t consider obesity a disease, nor do I consider it a handicap. I do not feel sorry for anyone who is overweight, but I am not ashamed of them either.
Weight loss, if that’s the desired result, takes work. Yes, it can be daunting, but willpower isn’t something that everyone has right away..it must be built like a muscle. This means lifting heavy weights three to four times per week, this means running or elliptical use for 15 or more minutes at least three times per week, and this means sticking to a low fat, calorie-low (1500-2000) calorie eating plan as a permanent lifestyle. Diets don’t work in the long run, not eating, or eating one type of food won’t work either. No excuses, no justifying failures, just hard work. On the same note, also realize that no matter how hard you work at being healthy, people are entitled to their opinion. People make fun of Cameron Diaz’s manly muscles and Sarah Jessica Parker’s stringy body as well.
That said, do I think the anchor was bullied in any way or “fat shamed”? Absolutely not. A viewer wrote in with his opinion and, rather than answer him in private to tell him she didn’t agree with his opinion, she decided to make a news piece about it for what appears to be a ratings ploy and drag his name through the mud as a result. If I don’t like someone’s smoking around me, I’d tell them I find it bothersome and disgusting. Does that mean they should write a news piece about it and make me a target for ridicule? I don’t think so. Yes, there are judgmental people in this world, but unless their behavior is repeated or aggressive (both words are used in the dictionary’s definition of bullying), it’s not bullying. It’s just some asshat’s opinion. Let it go and be the bigger person.
I’ll field your opinions, as always..