And people on this board wonder why there’s a pile-on when one poster says something derogatory about obesity and fat people.
Hey, you, Giraffe, Colophon, I’m glad you’re not fat. I’m glad you’re so not fat that you’re completely clueless about what obesity is. I wouldn’t wish obesity on my worst enemy. It would help though, if you would shut your mouth and open your ears before you pass judgement on my value as a human being.
Eat less and exercise more? Thanks, Einstein. If I’m not hitting the gym for an hour a day, I’m spending that time doing yardwork, or heavy duty housework like moving furniture to make up for it. I have plenty of muscle mass.
Eat less? Great idea. Except for the part where my blood sugar plummets, and I get a migraine from hunger. It wasn’t until my doc - who understands obesity a hell of a lot more than you brainstems - put me on an insulin resensitizer that I understood that it’s not normal to be hungry all the fucking time. Hungry thirty minutes after I ate a normal meal. Hungry when I go to bed. Hungry when I wake up. Hungry enough that I can’t concentrate on normal, daily tasks without having to explain to my brain and stomach that no, I’m not going to eat anything right now, even if the shag carpeting is starting to look tasty. I’ve only recently learned that other people’s brains give them signals to quit eating when they’re full. Mine doesn’t. My signal to stop eating is when my stomach starts to hurt, it’s so full. Otherwise, I just wouldn’t know.
You know, any other kind of addict can quit their favorite junk and never touch it again. I can’t. I have to eat food. Believe me, if someone invented pills that could take the place of food, I’d never put a fork in my mouth again. Heroin addicts have a higher rate of recovery than people with obesity.
I don’t make excuses. I’m fat. The responsibility rests on my shoulders to lose the weight I’m carrying around, especially since I’d like to live a long, productive life. However, obesity feeds on itself. Once a person gains weight, that weight changes how their body responds to diet and exercise. It’s now easier to gain weight and harder to lose it. Every setback makes it that much more difficult, and for the past fifty years, health experts have constantly contradicted each other on the best method to lose weight.
It’s about fucking time the CDC, Medicare, and other agencies recognized that obesity is an illness. Obesity is resposible for more deaths than cigarette smoking. There’s no doubt in my mind that obesity will be the #1 killer of the 21st century.
In short, if you think fat people are lazy, gluttonous pigs, keep it to yourself. Especially if you’d like to see less fat around. The more you whinge about the nasty fat people, the more fat people get discouraged, lose hope, and give up. If you’d like to see fewer fat people, then let the CDC do its job and figure out some successful treatments. “Just lose the weight” is like telling a cancer patient to “just go in remission”. Sure, it’s a solution, but only heartless, brainless asshole would think it’s a valid response to the topic.