Monday, July 10, 2006

peer pressure

Has anyone else noticed that while there is strong pressure in our society to look good (a la fashion magazines, etc.), there is also nearly equal pressure to eat whatever we want to (and by "whatever we want to", I mean unhealthy, fat filled foods)?

I have noticed, during my challenge to eat less sugar and processed foods, that there is immense pressure for me to eat poorly. At work, people say, "Come on, Holli! You know you need a treat!" "This chocolate will make you feel better!" If I didn't know any better, I would think I dropped into a drug treatment center where peer pressure was rampant.

People don't want to respect my desire to improve my health. I don't get it. If I said I don't eat chocolate for religious reasons, they'd back off. If I didn't eat chocolate because was allergic, they'd feel sorry for me. But if I say I don't eat chocolate anymore for my health...they feel more than free to sabotage my health.

Wrong? Ironic? Yes! But that's the way America is. And that's why 2 out of 3 of us are overweight.


Steve said...

You hit the nail right on the head. I could not agree with you more.

I can't tell you how many times I have been told "You're a twig"; "You could be broken in half"; and "We need to fatten you up." Well, if I am going to die, it's not going to be from a heart attack.

We're in the Big Mac-Heart Attack society. America likes to eat and its horrid!


billie said...

They just say that because they feel bad that they can't withstand it. If they sabotage you it'll make them feel better. I hate it that my sister-in-law can sit there and eat nothing while the rest of us have a bowl of ice cream. She just has more will power than I do. They're jealous.

east of eden said...

You are right Holls....peer pressure. Of course, you'd get non of that at our house except on Sunday night, when we actually have dessert...our once a week guilty pleasure. That's when we ram the chocolate down your throat.

holli jo said...

Yep, I agree, guys! And Billie, I don't have the willpower of your SIL, which is why I'm posting this rant! I succumb. (Miss your blog, by the way.)