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Are We Downplaying Obesity or Accepting it as the Norm?

Friday, January 25, 2013

I just read Becky Hand's blog about Down Playing Obesity Harms Public Health

She is referring to the recent articles that seem to indicate being overweight is a better choice, especially the one that suggested that being overweight would give you a longer life. Well, you might live longer but what will be the quality of life?

I am currently watching an older season of the Biggest Loser Australia and as I watched the week 8 episode, I realized that the contestants now look "normal" and yet they are still obese.

Perhaps, it is not so much that we are downplaying obesity but rather we are now accepting it as the norm. During the make over week, the female contestants commented on how they were able to go into the store and buy something off the rack. Ahhh, vanity sizing is such a marvelous thing to our egos.

When I first started gaining weight, my jean size grew with me. I gained 25 pounds and kept buying the same size jeans. However, it was when I started to outgrow the next two sizes that I realized I needed to take control of my destiny.

Are we becoming too complacent with our size and health that we love to hear good news about our bad habits? I have a problem with eating too much junk food and while I know the consequences of eating too much of it, I still do it. The only way that will change is for me to take the steps I need to overcome the desire to eat that junk.

Candy, chips, donuts are everywhere we go. I went to an auto parts store and the first display that I had to walk around was a candy display. Who would expect to see candy in that type of store? Now, it appears to be a common display and no longer seems odd.

As I started to lose weight, I started to feel so much better. I had less aches and pains and my step became lighter. I am currently working on losing those last ten pounds, again! I signed up for a half marathon to be run in April. The change begins with what is going on inside my head.
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    I definitely think we are just used to it. When I read Dr. Fuhrman's book last week, it said my ideal body weight is about 111. I couldn't believe it! If you had asked I would have said between 125-130. So, instead of needing to lose 35 pounds, I'm actually needing to lose 50-55!! Just the shock of thinking I"m 50 pounds overweight was quite a wake-up call.
    1704 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    You should watch the BBC Documentary on YouTube "THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT". That candy in the autoparts store is in that as they SELL US ANYTHING TO MAKE MONEY.

    And the CLOTHES, you are SO right. What use to be a size 10 for a woman in 1984 is now a size 2, because a 10 now really fits what was an 18. You have it down.

    These articles downplay obesity so we keep buying JUNK FOOD and all that things that go with it.
    1705 days ago
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