Marion has a great post about freedom. I agree.
You and I are free to get as fat and out of shape as fast as our emotions/eating/sedentary lives can get us there.
How many times have you heard someone say, "It's a free country"? They are usually referring to someone else's choice as to how they live their lives. It's the same for us.
Let me say here that I am so thankful to our men/women in uniform who fight so that we can be free. Many of them have sacrificed their lives. Many have lost limbs. Many have come home so emotionally disabled that life is never the same again for them. I like a couple of sayings regarding this - "Land of the free because of the brave" and "If you can read this, thank a teacher; if you can read it in English, thank a soldier".
Do we want to be thankful to the soldier because he/she fought for our right to be unhealthy? Not me. Why not start each day thankful that you CAN be healthy if you choose because after all, it is a free country.
Would we have a different attitude if we were forbidden to exercise? What if there was an extra tax on fresh vegetables like our wonderful government would like to do regarding soft drinks?
Are you and I aware of the freedom we have to live lives that are so much more than those who live in Syria or Iran for instance? We are taking it for granted because it hasn't cost us anything. I think only about 35% of the people who are eligible to vote take the time to cast their votes. Apathy is a very dangerous thing. I saw a YouTube video where people on the street were asked why we celebrate July 4. Many people don't know. America is headed to socialism which will be followed by communism and it's because people are willing to let the government run their lives and take care of them. There will soon be more people in the wagon (dependency) than there are people pulling the wagon (taxpayers). There are some states already in that position. Enough politics.
Just remember that today you and I are free. At the cookout today or even if we are at home, we are free to eat junk all day and sit on our butts. It's a free country. We are also free to use our brains, appreciate our many freedoms, and eat sensibly, get our water in, and get in some exercise.
It's a free country.