The Image of Obesity...
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I wish there was a way to change the way people think about those of us who are over weight! I have read and heard so many comments from "thin" people about what they think about the obese. Many of them believe the idea that we are just lazy or that we spend the whole day eating. I have heard comments like "If she just had more will power..., or why doesn't she just exercise a little? I have had people comment on my scooter, saying that I should be walking instead of riding! (Obviously, thinking that I was usng the scooter because I am fat , and not for the "real" reason, I have a brain tumor!) I wish there was a way for people to see that with the scooter I can do things now that I couldn't before! That I can go out and shop for myself, I can go to parades and Farmer's Markets, when before I was stuck in my apartment.
Thin people don't know the reasons why we are obese. They don't know that some of us have medical problems that limit our ability to exercise! They don't know the devastation that depression can causes! They don't understand the levels of stress we endure due to the way that people look down on us or discriminate against us.
They don't know the embarrassment of not being able to fit into a plane or amusement ride seat. They take for granted that they can climb stairs, go grocery shopping without help, play with their kids, get in and out of the bathtub without fear of falling.
I don't suppose there is any way to get people to be more understanding and kind to us. I am not saying that we don't have any responsibility in the weight that we carry, I just think that in most cases it is not as simple as calories in/calories out!
And I am sure that there are obese people who don't even try to lose weight, but I think that most of us try and try and try , and it is not easy! It is a life long challenge for most of us!
I am so glad that I found Spark People! At least here I know that I will not be treated like a "naughty child"! Everyone here understands what I am going through! As they say, Strength in numbers! Together we can lose the weight! Together we can learn to live healthy lives!
Thank you Spark People!