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Monday, August 19, 2013

Obesity "Crisis"???

I wrote this five years ago, in 2008, and things have pretty much haven't changed much in attitude. For me the only differences is that I'm now older (62) and I've had cancer three times now, but I'm quite convinced that the last two were caused by medications I was on....

Written on July 8th, 2008
I hate the word obesity to begin with, but who in their infinite wisdom has decided to that fat people are in a crisis? Is it because they feel this is one group they can use guilt and fear as a means to control? After all weight loss programs, foods and books are big business. All you have to do is watch TV commercials, especially on shows that are targeted at women. And people like Kirstie Alley, Valerie Bertinelli and Marie Osmond wouldn't lie to us, would they? And I actually used to like these actresses.

Of course, Jennie Craig and Nutrasystems work for those who are used in the ads... they not only get the food and program for free, but they get paid for eating them as well. That doesn't work for the rest of us. And seriously, when they go off the diet, they usually gain their weight back. If they didn't, these companies would go out of business. (And years ago I tried Nutrasystems.. it didn't work at all and I felt the so-called counselors were nothing more than bullies.)

Sorry, but I don't buy into the theory that being fat contributes to heart disease, diabetes and death. There is a man who weighs over 600 pounds and has none of the risk factors that are usually attributed to fat people. I weigh over 300 pounds and I don't have diabetes or heart disease. And until someone can explain to me why my 125 pound, active, healthy 16 year old daughter died for no reason, I'm not going to believe that my weight is going to kill me. I've survived a near fatal car accident, a pre-mature birth, cancer, and other problems, but at age 57, I'm still here.

Here are some of the things I found online...

"ABC News' special report on the obesity crisis threatening the US."

How?

"The nation's scales are going up...up...up...and it's clear that we have an obesity health crisis on our hands."

Why is that clear? People are living to an older age too... and ages are going up... up... up, is that a health crisis too?

"A third possibility — and the one that Knopman leans toward — is that obesity, including a large belly, is a marker for poor health, dementia..."

Hmm... I remember when runner Jim Fix, all skin and bones, collapsed and died from a heart attack when he was running. My mother weighs maybe 110 pounds and has dementia.... Sorry, doesn't add up to me.

Solving the obesity crisis. I read two items in the news that are guaranteed to make obese people and the parents who raise them feel guilty. ...

Ah, there is that guilt trip again...

"Between 1980 and 2000, obesity rates doubled among adults."

Could it possibly be because the number of adults also doubled?

"Rush Limbaugh blamed "the left" and the United Nations' Children Fund (UNICEF) for "the latest crisis" of "obesity."

And I imagine he is blaming witchcraft as well....

"Parents are starting to take some drastic steps to help their obese teens lose weight."

At what cost?

"I expect that, in the next three to five years, the obesity crisis will transition into something more easily handled by our health care.."

I'm not even sure what this will mean. Will we be drugged to comply?

"The obesity epidemic isn't just plaguing the US, but Mexico ranks as the second highest obese population in the world."

Oh, now it's a plague. Will this become the new Black Plague?

So, basically, because some people...

a. don't like fat people
b. can use fat people to blame things on
c. can make money off of fat people

Everyone has decided the world has an obesity problem. Aren't there more important things to worry about and put money and efforts into? Such as...

Homelessness
Weather disasters
hungry people
education

People telling me how I should look are as narrow minded and selfish as those who tell me what religion I should practice and what I believe.

Get off my back, okay? I'm sure you all have things in your own life you need to take care of, so stop trying to control my life.

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