Another day of Janathon is upon us but my story for today starts last night. As I lay in bed last night, feeling like I was on my death bed, for some reason I found myself watching Katie Hopkins “My Fat Story”. Now, I’m not a fan of this woman at all but seeing as it is Janathon, I thought I would have a look. I think she is rude and engages her mouth before her brain, but on the issue of obesity, she has a point and a valid one at that. “Eat less, move more” is her simple concept to tackle an over-weight population of Britain and beyond. I won’t go too much into the show in case you haven’t seen it yet but all I will reveal is that when she tries to talk to “fat” people, she gets shut down every time. At one point, a woman who invited her to take part in a debate, accuses her of a hate-crimes against fat people, all because she pointed out the obvious, these women were overweight and putting their health at risk.
Like I said at the beginning, I don’t like Katie Hopkins but I do agree with her to a certain degree on this. The NHS is going to have to spend a fortune on health care services for these people. A lot of the problems these people face in future are easily preventable if they decided to lose weight and educate themselves about diet and exercise. The information is available online, there is help available from your GP, there are support groups everywhere. That is why I started taking part in Janathon, it was a chance to challenge myself to run and blog every day. I took the concept of “eat less, move more” on myself as an easy way to get back into shape rather than using a fad diet. Katie Hopkins was not the influence for me taking part, it was for my health and fitness. And believe or not, Billy Connolly said that first in one of his tours back in the 1990’s, over 20 years ago. Ok, for part of his routine, he made fun of fat people having sex, but still, he gave me an honest truth of how to lose weight. So maybe Katie has a point but has approached the subject in the wrong way, a bit like an old-fashioned drill sergeant telling his recruits to suck it up, stiff upper lip, and all that. Those men scream bloody murder and can make a grown man cry, but they do it to kick them into shape and prepare them for war. Is Katie Hopkins trying to do the same to us?
Today for my exercise I ran around the house like a crazy person before I had to take my hubby-to-be to the dentist so that he could get half his mouth drilled out and refilled. After lunch I took a run a listened to my own thoughts and tried to work out what I wanted from my own life, and did Katie Hopkins have a point? Should we just suck it up and try harder? Have we got comfortable with our own misery? I’ll let someone smarter than me work that out. For now, I’ll just stick to running. But one thing is sure, I’m going to up my game. I am woman, hear me roar!