By Emma Jo Hirschy, Aviator editor-in-chief
An army veteran by the name of John Burk went viral on his feelings towards obese people through a video posted on youtube. He claims that being overweight is “repulsive and disgusting…” and it is a “lack of self-discipline.”
Burk calls himself a “fitness motivator,” but ironically, he is upsetting more people than motivating them, angering not only obese people but also the people who care for them.
Is he right?
In my opinion, John Burk was correct in some aspects of the short video; it is not OK for an individual to weigh so much that he or she can not perform the simplest task such as going to work.
Nothing about being obese is good. Especially when it is a child! There are no valid excuses for an adult, parent, or a guardian to allow a child to become obese.
We are in a public health crisis. Obviously, our country needs an intervention on the dangers of being obese just like we did with smoking.
The definition of obesity according to dictionary.com is, “the condition of being very fat or overweight.” When I first hear the word, “Obese,” I automatically think of an individual so overweight that they are affecting their health but not when a person has a little cushion on the tushie.
Five percent of the United States’ minors are considered severely obese, according to a study from the American Heart Association. This kind of obesity has a huge consequence on their health.
In addition, 6.3 percent of adults are morbidly obese. That means that the percent of obesity among children in catching up!
Parents and guardians are allowing kids to sit inside on electronic devices instead of going outside and playing. Those bad habits that the kids learn will be passed onto the next generation!
If we do not create awareness on how important it is to stay healthy, more and more people will become fat and then eventually we will end up becoming the characters in the movie, Wall-E. Our generation has become way too sensitive towards these kind of situations. Hearing the truth about obesity, many people assume it is “fat shaming.” But in reality, it’s just us trying to encourage people to be healthy and stay in shape.
Burk was not trying to be a bully. He was trying to get a point of cross to a large group of people that if they do not change their habits, they will head down a road ending with a premature death.
Morbidly obese individuals are taking advantage of society. Burk had a point, but that still does not mean it was OK for him to throw the f-bomb around and talk so harshly.
An unhealthy lifestyle should not be supported, but it should be corrected. As a country, we should make an effort to be healthy and stay in shape.