Sing it, sister:
Somewhere along the way in our News You Can Use culture, good health has taken on the patina of virtue. Like good grades and job promotion, health is seen as bestowed upon those who work for it. There's no excuse for not doing everything you can...As I have intimated previously:
The flip side of this is the judgment passed on those who get sick. They must have done something wrong, their diet must be flawed or they are overweight or drink too much or don't drink enough. Weight is the easiest handle for bestowing blame because we can see it and because we have been taught to associate all manner of poor habits with excess weight.News flash: life is for living. Although I and others have found our life's calling to be in health care, that doesn't mean that everyone else has to spend every waking minute thinking about what I, as their doctor, might have to say about how they live their lives. So why do they?:
We take our medicine with a side order of morality because it is within the doctor's office and the hospital that scores are tallied and winners are distinguished from losers. Scores must be tallied somewhere, otherwise there would be no reward for all the hard work of keeping healthy, no prize for all the self-denial of doing everything right. We did not pass up all those rich desserts for nothing.Amen.
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