I heard on the news how female athletes have been criticized this year for various things but especially for being fat. Some are fighting back. I say good for them.
Many bloggers have been criticized in this forum for being less than stellar with weight loss efforts. Many have trouble with what they view as hypocrisy. It is hypocritical to say one thing and do another. Taking up the effort to get the weight off is not a smooth road without potholes that we must maneuver through however.
On the one hand I think some tough love is in order. Some are obviously out to make friends and get lots of followers who help them feel OK about doing really stupid things if one has made the claim of wanting to lose weight. Then there are those who really struggle and repeat the same mistakes. They still want to lose weight but haven't been able to avoid derailing. They feel like they are giving their best effort. I think at that moment maybe it was their best effort.
There is a difference between emotional struggles and immaturity when it comes to weight loss. Immaturity in someone who is an adult and has been for quite some time can be infuriating. I just don't follow those people after a time. When faced with a challenge they just go ahead and have fun, eat all they want, and then blog about being OK with it; they are not going to beat themselves up for it, tomorrow is another day, they are more than a number, you know. They have slogans all ready to go. These aren't solutions however.
I understand emotional struggles however. I did binge for years and if I had been blogging at that time I would have received the white hot jabs from others who could not abide this in someone who was blogging about losing weight. I would also have been enabled by those who were doing the same thing. It's difficult to determine how to comment at times don't you think? Someone who is already depressed over yet another binge doesn't need to read about what a failure they are from another person. This doesn't help. They already feel bad enough.
How do you determine who is serious but struggling? Do you leave them comments or not? How do you word those comments?