Friday, July 19, 2013
I understand that the Boy Scout Jamboree includes many physically demanding activities that necessarily require certain safety limitations for both participants and those who are overseeing things (like rappelling - whoever is belaying has to be able to support the person on the rope if they fall). However...this BMI cut-off where you can't go if you have a BMI of 40 or higher makes me sad. At my heaviest, I was around 42. I wouldn't have been able to go. And for much of my adult life, I probably would have been in the category of "needs to get a doctor's note" in order to verify that EVEN THOUGH I WAS FAT, I could still participate safely. That's the kind of thing that would have killed me as a kid and the kind of thing that would have forced me to make up some excuse as to why I didn't even want to apply to go to the Jamboree, just because I didn't want to be humiliated like that.
Granted, I'm not a boy and wouldn't have been at the Jamboree anyway. But it still kind of broke my heart to read about this. Safety vs. humiliation/exclusion is unfortunately a necessary part of living an obese life. I'm just so grateful that with the support I found on SP (plus a lot of time!), I am now able to avoid finding myself torn between the two.