Whilst I was queuing for my turn, I noticed a young girl (around 10 years +/-) playing with her younger toddler brother who looked like only 3. What caught my attention was this girl was perspiring and panting whilst chasing her little brother. I could see she was having fun but couldn't helped noticing that she was obese and trying really hard to catch her breath as she was running around.
I then noticed a guy who looked like their father and he was also obese. I have to confess that I judged the father in my heart the moment I saw him. I blamed him for causing the girl to be obese - how come he did not stop her from over-eating or not exercising? I even thought that the father was not setting a good role model.
Throughout my waiting time at the computer repair center, I couldn't stop thinking about how that young lady will feel emotionally when she grows up. When she starts becoming conscious of her looks (and size) and having her friends calling her names, I am sure that it would affect the development of her self-esteem. I have been down that path when I was overweight at 11 years old. I can feel the emotional pain and ridicule that this young lady has to deal with.
The next morning, I was running on the treadmill and catching up on some Ted Talks and chanced upon Dr. Peter Attia's "Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?" I thought that would be a nice video to watch since the image of the obese young girl was still fresh in my mind and what better place to watch this than when you're on a treadmill!
My learning from this episode: "Suspend judgment, open my heart (not just my mind) and have the courage to admit when I am wrong."