It's a sad testament to the mentality of the obese when they can't confront their problem and control their health. Much like an alcoholic who isn't able to control his drinking, it boils down to a lack of willpower and self control.
I totally disagree with this statement.
Do you think anyone wants to be obese? Do you think anyone wants to be an alcoholic? Don't you think these people have tried and tried to stop their addiction and have failed miserably?
If the solution really was will power and self-control, people wouldn't have these problems. These people would simply make up their minds to quit doing whatever destructive behavior they are doing, and they would move on with their lives.
I have witnessed a lot of people, upset and take a firm stand to change their situations. They make vows and promises. They set up a plan. They do this with the utmost sincerity. Most of the time, they do this with tears streaming down their faces and snot bubbles coming out of their noses. They are upset and determined. They would do anything to change....but they can't seem to, no matter how hard they try or what they try.
People like this require a spiritual experience to over come their dilemna.
Let me use myself as an example: I have a lot of will power. I graduated #1 in my high school class. Played in Burger King National High School football All-Star game. Was a double major in Chemistry and Physics at a prestigious undergraduate college while playing football. Obtained my graduate degree from Harvard. I studied and worked for the Air Force and NASA. Ended up in drug discovery for Eli Lilly in their Neuroscience division.....all by the age of 26.
Yet, despite all my awards and accolades, I became an over-weight alcoholic drug addict who ended up in prison for 5 years. Not a lot of guys with graduate degrees from Harvard in prison, let me tell you. I could, and did, anything I wanted to. I accomplished whatever I set my mind up to. But this was the only challenge I couldn't overcome. No matter how much I wanted to (and I did) or how much I needed to (boss, wife, and family on my back), I couldn't defeat this.
This has nothing to do with will power....if you are inflicted with the disease of addiction. If you can loose weight just by deciding you want to, or stop drinking because you make up your mind....you are not an addict. But those afflicted with the disease of addiction, they can do nothing about their problem.
The power to overcome these dilemnas must come from someplace else. Their only hope is to surrended and let something else change them.
I would have laughed at such a post if I would have read this 10 years ago. I would have thought this guy must be a quack. I have a head full of knowledge and nothing about the solution makes sense. But I've tried everything, and it's the only thing that worked....and I had to try everything, before I was willing to try this. Unfortunately, this is just how it works for most people.