Refuse to be Passive

What Others Don’t Get– Weight Loss

In Food, Life in General on March 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Last night I was watching Jamie Oliver’s Dinner Revolution with a friend. The family that was on there were all obese, and were working to change their eating habits and lifestyle with Jamie’s help. My friend made a comment that even though the kids were so young—twelve or so, they already had considerable amounts of extra weight. It was definitely true. And the kids were also at risk for diabetes on both sides of the family.
My friend then went on to comment how hard it would be to lose that much weight. I replied that even losing thirty pounds is a struggle for anyone, let alone eighty or so. He agreed. His comment about how hard it would be for this boy to loose weight bugged me a bit though. Over the course of the evening I had watched my friend down four cookies, three pizza pops, and five or six beers. He’s six-foot-four and probably weights 170 pounds soaking wet. Yeah, he looks like he knows a lot about struggles with weight loss.
For all of you out there who have never had to struggle with your weight, or your food intake, never pretend to know how hard it is. Losing weight and keeping it off is probably one of the biggest struggles that overweight people face. For many of them, the challenge is emotional eating. Food is their friend. It doesn’t discriminate—it’s always there (at least in North America). When you’re sad, you eat. When you’re lonely, you eat. When you’re bored, you eat. When you’re tired, you eat, and when you’re happy, you celebrate with food.
One of the challenges of emotional eating is the recognition that the problem isn’t just food. Turning to food is a problem that is set off by other problems in your life. And then the working out these problems is even tougher than the recognition that they’re there, because it requires you to change.
Now, I would like to address any thin people out there who have never had real weight issues and think, “It’s not so hard, all they have to do is lose the weight. They’re just being lazy.”—I hope you have to try losing weight someday. Then you’ll realize that it’s really tough! If you find yourself looking at overweight people and snubbing them due to their size, you’re not helping the situation. Is obesity a problem in North America? Absolutely. Does something have to be done about it? Absolutely. Can people lose weight all on their own and keep it off? No. This is where you come in. For many thin people, a healthy lifestyle is already the norm. If that’s you, excellent! Do you know someone who is trying to lose weight? I’ll be you do. Help them. Pair up with them and help them with their journey towards a healthier lifestyle and a smaller dress size (or pants size). Be supportive and realize that it takes time. In doing that, you can become part of the solution. Anyone whose ever lost weight and kept it off will tell you how important it was to have a support network. Become a part of that network.
If you’re one of the skinny people, like my friend, who does not maintain healthy eating habits, then I beg you, take pity on your arteries! Just because you’re thin, doesn’t mean you’re healthy.

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