This I Believe

Ashleigh - Media, Pennsylvania
Entered on December 12, 2006
Age Group: Under 18

There’s no longer thirst-quenching lemonade. Forget the sweet smell of cinnamon buns for breakfast in the morning and most importantly, soda after school. All of these yummy items were removed from the building because of the new policy for our school. The policy was made because these days it is believed that kids at school don’t watch their weight. The question is, is weight really a problem? It’s not like there are people in school who walk around like a loaded bus, crashing into each other. Sometimes obesity is genetic, that’s not their fault. There are people who don’t eat enough and are labeled anorexic. So, my belief is that weight isn’t a problem and never has been.

Between running from class to class, having PE, and participating in “out of school” activities, people stay fit easily. I’ve never seen a 160-pound soccer player, playing on the field. I’ve probably lost tons of calories from running around so much during school that even getting to the bus is an exercise, usually because it’s a sprint. Also, walking my dogs, riding my horse, singing in chorus takes its toll on me. Most of the time, it is assumed that girls tend to be heavier and not able to lose weight like guys can, well, that’s just mean. I could understand if there were women who were so big that they needed a wheelchair to get around, she would seriously need a diet, but there’s no one like that and probably never will be. Weight has never been a problem around here but, the only time I ever thought a kid needed to lose weight was when I went to Dutch Wonderland last year.

I was in the gift shop, looking at the same corny souvenirs that are sold there every year when I heard a little girl say to her mother, “I want candy!” I turned around to see a middle-aged woman arguing with a baby elephant. I quickly put down the Amish doll I was holding and walked away from the scene because I had to hide my quiet laughter. This little girl was probably the same weight I was last year, and the same width as two of me side by side. This girl had a serious eating problem. Yeah, I know its mean, but, when her mother was normal weight, the child should be at least close to normal weight too. The sad thing is, the mom actually let her buy the candy, a lot of it. I told my mom about the elephant girl. She took one look at her and laughed harder than I did. I then told my sister and I had to drag her out of the gift shop because I didn’t want her making a scene and risk being thrown out. So, unless people look like this poor girl, who actually has a problem with eating too much, I really believe that weight isn’t an issue and never will be.