This is a cute cartoon, and it made me smile. But we must ask, does it really help to place the responsibility for our own health, wellness, weight or lifestyle outside of ourselves?
It’s true we live in a culture with fierce challenges to our health. This culture continually rewards our bad habits with its fast food, instant gratification and couch-potato life style. On one hand, we hear about real food for good health; at the same time, a multi billion-dollar food industry does everything possible to seduce us into eating junk. Video games and TV keep us out of the gyms.
We also live in a culture of blame. But, when we take away the power of our own choice and put the blame anywhere else, we drastically disempower ourselves. Are we that weak? No, we’re not!! Will power is not a myth. It can be exercised and strengthened with practice.
It’s just so easy to put off exercising or to eat something “just this once” or blame our family genes for our bodies’ problems. We do so at our own peril. We have one body and one life. Every day, we can keep the momentum going either toward health or toward a poor-quality health and life style.
Research has shown that once we make a serious commitment to ourselves, good things can happen and our efforts will pay off in a short time. But, first, we have to step up and take responsibility. No more blame game – period. Short of an incurable genetic disorder, we are responsible for our own health. We’re the only ones that can do it.