What do you think when you see those words? Do you think about someone you know, and wonder how they let themself get that way? Do you think about yourself, your struggles and frustrations, and how you think the rest of the world sees you?
”For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It’s time for a new paradigm.” (From the Huffington Post article linked below)
It’s quite obvious that we don’t know how to solve the obesity problem. I know people who have dieted off and on their whole lives. I know many people who have had bypass surgery or lap band surgery but only a couple were successful in keeping their weight off long term. The Greatest Loser TV program – researches learned that the contestants has markedly decreased metabolisms even years after the contest. (NY Times article HERE)
Today I saw this article HERE in the Huffington Post. It’s a bit long but well worth reading if the subject interests you. “Losing 3% of your body weight results in a 17% slow down of your metabolism until you get back up to your former weight”. Sheesh. It points out that doctors only compound the problem by their attitudes towards fat people. “Chances of a woman classified as obese achieving a ‘normal weight’ .008% “. And – “Keeping weight off means fighting your body’s energy-regulation system and battling hunger all day, every day, for the rest of your life.” Almost no one can sustain that long term.
The article also points out that fat and unhealthy don’t necessarily go together. It is possible for fat people to be fit, strong, and healthy. Look at Fat Girl Running, who runs ultra marathons, and I think weighs about 235.
I like this photo from the article. She looks like a FORCE!
I think my first diet was when I was 12. I was maybe 8 or 10 when a doctor asked me if I ever allowed myself to get hungry, or did I just eat all the time. Yes, decades later I remember that, the first of many doctors who blamed and shamed me. I’ve done Atkins, Weight Watchers, lo carb, raw, you name it multiple times over the decades with less and less success. I’ve gone to the gym, walked, played tennis, biked, all with no effect on my weight. HCG finally worked but keeping that weight off, not so much. I’m very careful what I eat and I’ve biked literally thousands of miles, but every year the weight creeps up a bit more no matter what I do. I feel like further dieting will only compound my metabolic slowdown and dieting has been proven to not work. I think all I can do is continue to eat healthy and exercise, and try to learn to accept myself as I am.
At least here in Panama, I don’t feel the same stigma. People don’t seem to care what size you are. My life is really good except for this one frustrating thing that I have failed to control my whole life. As my (tall and slim) daughter points out, I’m healthy and able to do everything I want to, and she is right. I am thankful for that. But still….