Obesity: Overindulged, Overfed, Overweight……Undertaker.

April 17, 2007

 

 So, there’s a fat gene. There are some poor people out there who just have to look at a sausage and the weight piles on, they just have to breathe in the smell of a cooked brekfast and suddenly they’re 20 stone. Years of study, fad diets, education all for no use, there’s a fat gene. It’s Ok there’s nothing you can do. Bollocks! Whoever is peddling this myth is not telling the truth, it’s just another excuse to put alongside “big bones”, “I don’t eat much” and “I’ve tried everything”.

When did you see an Ethiopian with a fat gene? These people live on bare minimum , greed to them is 2 handfuls of rice. There is no fat gene!For your body to store fat it needs to ingest fat. Your body does not create fat out of thin air. It stores fat that it can’t digest. You eat too much!As with much of modern society we can’t pick on the fatties, we can’t tell them to stop eating, we have to understand why they eat. It’s emotional, it’s comfort eating, they can’t help it. YES THEY CAN.

I believe it starts with parents who won’t say no. No to a second packet of crisps, no to another can of Coke, no to a doughnut at bedtime. It is abuse to let a child fill themselves full of shit food and stand back and say “there’s nothing I can do”. It is just lazyness supported by the theory that children can’t be punished, criticised or told what to do. Take control early, treats should be just that, treats. To be enjoyed on occasion not a staple part of a childs diet.

Once the cycle has started, the children turn into teenagers who turn being fat into the reason why they eat. These kids are the only ones I have any sympathy for. It was their parents ineptitude that allowed the situation to get out of control and then they don’t want to say no and add to their unhappiness. Well parents if your 13 year old is overweight it’s not too late for you to put it right. But no more excuses, just get them to eat less and excercise.

Schools must take some of the blame for not encouraging excercise at an early age and allowing children to miss PE fo any excuse, excuses again. Always fucking excuses.

It could be argued that like smoking, adult obesity is a choice but it’s a choice that places an enormous strain on our health service and it just takes a change of attitude to put it right. Stop believing that nothing can be done, that it’s just the way it is. I cannot bear to see another programme with some lard arse bemoaning the fact that they’re overweight as they shove another bucket of fried chicken down their throat. Just do something about it.

There is an inspirational American television programme tucked away on Livng TV called “The Biggest Loser”.  (There is a UK version see video). It takes the fattest of American society and takes them out of their comfort zone and puts them in a house with 2 personal trainers and proper food. These people have given up, accepted a life of obesity, can barely walk. After 2 weeks of a different regime they start to train, to eat properly, to feel better and to lose weight. The downside of the show is that as in “Big Brother” a contestant is voted off every week, but the point is proved. Every contestant that leaves the house goes back to their old life and continues to lose weight. The old beliefs shattered forever by a short period of doing the right thing. The weight losses are huge and because the diet is balanced with excercise there is no flappy skin, these people lose weight an remain toned. The transformations are astonishing and absolute proof that ANYONE CAN LOSE WEIGHT. Take control of your lives, believe it can change, watch “The Biggest Loser” and be inspired.

Do you know a fat person? Do them a favour, be honest, tell them they’re fat, tell them to take control and tell them to stop making excuses. Did you know there’s a thin gene in there trying to get out! 

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3 Responses to “Obesity: Overindulged, Overfed, Overweight……Undertaker.”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You know, you are VERY misinformed and hideously arrogant and equally ignorant if you believe anything you are saying here. There is MOST DEFINITELY some sort of brain mutation, ‘fat’ gene, or bodily defect that makes it so that some people not only absorb more fat in the food they eat (ie. slower metobolisms process food slower, causing food to stay in the intestines longer, allowing for more absorption to occur, that being absorption of nutrients, protein, AND FATS), but there is also MOST DEFINITELY some sort of disconnect for some people where their brain doesn’t communicate to their stomachs that they are full when they eat – they realize they are full once they are done with 2 MEALS and the like. I know this FIRST HAND. Not only that, there is a theory out there that overweight people tend to have a longer intestinal tract in general (for example, my sister’s boyfriend, who is a STICK and has trouble GAINING weight has a bowel movement after every meal – ie. he is in med school and has even theorized himself that he must have a really short small intestine because the food he takes in is CONSTANTLY displacing the food in his body… CONSTANTLY… think about it…) It amazes me that our society embraces conditions like Tourette’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and much more as defects in the brain, and can’t even IMAGINE that the body could have a different sort of defect, where it can’t handle foods properly for some people. and it IS DEFINITELY genetic. saying a family of overweight people is overweight strictly due to environmental reasons is as pathetically condescending to the human condition for these people and is as obnoxiously ignorant as if you were to look at a family of tall people and say, ‘well they must sleep on medieval rack device every night’, or to look at midgets and think they sleep in small 3′ x 3′ cubes or something. But of course, our society somehow makes that connection and doesn’t make room for things like a ‘fat’ gene – things that may be beyond their classic comprehension. Just because food is processed normally for you, you ASSUME this is the case for everyone else? I know was born with a weight problem. My mom knew I was going to have an issue with food when i was merely 2 YEARS OLD because I always finished my plate and always wanted more, unlike either of my sisters. I hardly think think that there is an EMOTIONAL problem at the root of a 2-year-old’s want to overeat. And unlike what you are saying about how families indulge weight gain, my mom DID NOT feed me more when i wanted it, she DID have me begin a consistent exercise routine when i was merely 7 years old (I exercised more than my sisters EVER did, and i consistently weighed at 30-40 pounds more than they did – and we ate the same meals at home!!). I begun dieting at 10 and never stopped. it is a CONSTANT battle for those people who face this problem, and it is SO blasphemously arrogant of you to assume you know anything on this issue if you haven’t had to deal with it yourself. BOTH sides of my family have several cases of morbid obesity (ie. runs in the family!), and you either get the gene or you don’t. it is just that simple. now i will agree with you that our society has done nothing to combat this problem for anyone who has this predisposition, and if anything, societal structure (particularly in America) has only contributed to the obesity epidemic. More conveniences, more in-door activities, corn as the main source of nutrients in our foods – these things have only made things harder for people to fight obesity. And take these minor setbacks for a person with a body that processes food as it should and multiply it times 10 for someone with a weight gain predisposition. And one think you don’t get – people who have a predisition to gain weight ALWAYS develop issues with food because food is seen as an inherent evil from such a early age. If you were told and felt the need to avoid something ALWAYS, wouldn’t it cause you to want to have it sometimes? Wouldn’t it possibly cause even more difficult relationships with food if you were forced from day one to look at it so much more so than something you merelt eat just to live? Something you could just take or leave? Now, I’m sure there are SOME people who do truly just have emotional issues and resort to indulging in food to numb their pain, but I DEAR SIR have never been one of those people, and it has always bothered me that normal-bodied people feel the need to classify someone who is overweight. I get tossed in with headcases and am looked down upon because I have trouble fighting a weight issue. Someone like you can’t even begin to comprehend the mental and emotional difficulties that are cultivated from having to deal with a weight gain predisposition your whole life. I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND why people like you who do not have weight problems continue to have the audacity to comment on the source of a problem they can’t even begin to relate to or understand on any suffient level. You know, I DON’T talk about rocket science because I’m not a rocket sceintist. How about you do the overweight people of the world a favor and just be thankful to be healthy and try to be a little more humble and understanding towards people who have hardships that you fortunate enough not to have.


  2. This is definitely a touchy issue — first let me say I have been close to 300 lbs. I have yo-yo dieted almost 40 years now. The healthy eating plan I am on NOW is one I plan on keeping for the rest of my life (I am 51, started over 290lbs and I’ve lost 80ish so far). I have one of the slowest metabolism on the planet and I have indeed gained weight from simply smelling something cooking for awhile in the oven (tested in a few times on the scale to prove it too) So my opinion is my own and based on my own personal experience. YES – there is a fat gene – yes we all process food differently! BUT – no matter what every one can do what is necessary to be HEALTHY. Size is of less importance. There are very thin people who are not healthy, who suffer from diabetes and heart problems. Also I have to agree with daveross in his post a bit — having a fat gene is NOT an excuse to just eat everything you want and not exercise. I aslo agree with Anonymous’s comments – it is a very very difficult situation, and there are tons of circumstances that often work against a person or are outside their control as far as wanting to eat healthy (finances and home environment to just name a few). A small box for commenting is hardly the place to cover this topic fully – but in a nutshell I agree with both the blog post and the comments. Lady Rose

  3. marcella Says:

    i agree with a few things that have been said, but i would have to point out annother thing to add here. Why is it such an accepted part of American culture to be overindulgent and a glutton? Last time i checked, sloth and gluttony were two of the seven deadly sins, and im sure that they are there for a reason. I just dont get why smoking marijuana or doing drugs is so taboo and frowned apon, when you got people eating so much that they are killing themselves fast. i dont know. i was just wondering why it is so accepted in society. it seems wierd to me.

    just throwing that out there…


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