by Matt Weik
I was out with a group of people the other day and a few of us talked about fitness and nutrition. A few others listened as we discussed various topics, gave us an awkward look, and then walked away. It was like I let the stinkiest protein fart out and they were upwind. Actually, what just happened took me back and I wondered if it was comparable to fitness and nutrition to talk about religion and politics. Are fitness and nutrition issues that we shouldn't discuss openly with others where others can hear and be offended somehow? Or are more people turning into snowflakes?
Looking back at what had happened, the people who walked away in disgust were neither overweight, nor did we discuss weight. We actually talked about how we exercise, what supplements we've tried in the past, what works and what doesn't, and what types of foods we eat. Our personal body weight or the talk of people who were not in shape or overweight did not even appear in the conversation. So I was completely confused by what I (we) said that could have caused such a reaction. And if I really knew who these people were (they weren't part of our party), I would address them and ask them. It was not my intention to make someone feel like they wanted to move away from us.
Can't we talk about anything these days?
They say there are two things you should never talk about and these two are politics and religion. And I understand, not everyone is religious, and if so, there are many different types that are practiced regularly. So, in order not to offend anyone or make people feel uncomfortable, we should not speak openly about them. The other is politics, which should be avoided for obvious reasons. If you raise a political issue (or even mention our President), you can expect people to start arguing almost immediately, and things won't end well. For these reasons, we try to close our lips on these issues.
Discussing fitness and nutrition is like talking about soccer or baseball. How do the games fit together this week? Who will win the Super Bowl? Who is the best player ever? How can you be offended? Everyone has their own views and opinions and nobody really gets out of shape when discussing the issues. Sure, you may have a super fan for a team that may drive you a little crazy, but they won't all get out of shape enough to force them to move away from you in disgust.
I am in the industry and even when we talk about different topics, nothing becomes objectionable or uncomfortable. You can have a vegan who talks to someone who is paleo, and everyone gets along (for the most part, unless you have one of those intense vegans who wants to set you on fire for your nutritional choices – I'm sure you) met someone like that).
When someone who focuses on their health talks to someone else who does the same, they generally have a common goal and respect the way in which they improve their lifestyle and decisions. It never comes to the point where a Democrat or Republican discusses a hot political issue, and regardless of who is right or wrong, they will pursue each other as if they were exchanging "Yo Momma" jokes. In fact, I believe that the majority of die-hard Democrats and Republicans are immature and unwilling to compromise or disagree – it's their nature (in their minds) and anyone else who thinks otherwise is wrong , They are set up so that it doesn't matter who is right or wrong, they only see things in one direction (which is really unfortunate).
I can see some people who are insulted
I would not say that we cannot speak openly about fitness and nutrition, but I think we need to be reasonably aware of our surroundings and those who are listening to the conversation. Of course, if you're surrounded by a group of morbidly obese people, you don't want to talk about fitness and nutrition unless you are the speaker of a seminar and everyone has signed up to listen to you.
If you do the above and not attend a seminar, I can only imagine how many people want to punch you in the face – you may not find out alive. So pay attention to your surroundings. However, if you look around and feel that you may not be making someone feel uncomfortable, I think we have the right to discuss the issue.
Has this ever happened to you? What do you think of the topic? Let us know in the comments.