Thursday, December 11, 2008

more on oprah (no pun! no pun!)

I had to chime in to Gretchen Rubin's blog with this:
Don't we all know someone (or are we that someone) who looks at an overweight person and sees someone who is "lazy" "greedy" "weak willed"...that judgement is so strong in our culture. I think it is a misguided, unkind, and frankly, ignorant view of others. Just as we now understand alcoholism to be a disease, I think we have to learn that there is a powerful physiological aspect to hunger and cravings. Even if you are someone who has lost weight personally and you feel very successful, you don't have the perspective to declare that anyone else's experience would be similar. We can't use ourselves as a case study for the rest of the world. Doing the same thing that someone else is doing is not the same as being them doing it. Maybe you have more insight than someone who has never been on the same path, but stow the judgement. It's not helpful.
I was actually responding to a comment more than to Gretchen.

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