I'm not very good at getting inside the heads of others, but speaking for myself, I seem to need an athlete mentality to stay on point and keep from drifting. Which is a drastic change from my former habits! LOL
To even be at a BMI over 50 you have to have exceedingly poor habits to begin with. It's hard to move at that size. That's where the water aerobics and chair exercises come in...
That is a really interesting observation about folks who are vulnerable to weight gain because they don't have the knowledge, tools, skills, and habits to avoid it.
And I totally agree that everyone benefits from healthy habits and behaviors.
In my case I guess I just sort of gave up. I first gained 100+ in my late teens as a result of working two jobs while going to school and being in the "future obesity" vulnerable state. Despite having an active interest in road cycling, swimming, martial arts, and cross-country skiing. It just wasn't enough. I became obese at over 250 lbs.
Then in my 20s I gradually worked it back down to 140-150 while being super active (added horseback riding and softball and running to the above interests) and tracking food on an exchange-type program (like old WW).
Then life happened again (long hours in grad school) and I gained it all back plus almost 100 more. Which was frustrating because I KNEW what to do and how to do it, I'd done it BEFORE, but something was broken inside and I just wasn't DOING it. So I don't even know what to call that sort of weight gain. I don't think it fits into the naive category you described. It's something else.
It has to do with fatigue from the food tracking and exercise, and getting wrapped up in other things. This is why I don't think the answer for me is to run off and find new interests. When I did that before I lost focus on the food and exercise behaviors and the results were devastating.
I watch BL too. It helps remind me where I came from and reinforces my determination and behaviors. (I was in such denial that I really need that very graphic sort of slap in the face - when I was at my heaviest I really had no idea how bad the situation really was)
Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 10/5/2011 (12:30)
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