I read something the other day that made me chuckle. It said that just because you are fat, does not mean that you are unhealthy; which is fair enough. I mean, someone could look at me and automatically assume that I have a host of health issues. But how do they know? For many years – until I reached my late 20’s – I was fine…normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol levels, normal blood work, no joint pain…blah, blah, blah. But then – BOOM! – cancerous cells in my womb and type 2 diabetes caused by a direct result of my weight.
Without medical checks, these could have continued without my knowledge. And this is why I was chuckling at what I read. Of course you can’t assume that all overweight people are unhealthy. After all, I don’t know their medical history and so can’t judge. When I say that you can be fit and fat, but not healthy and fat, maybe I am wrong? But do these people promoting the fat but healthy mantra have regular check ups or do they, as I did, avoid visits to the doctors as they expected a ‘you need to lose weight’ lecture…generally given by an overweight GP?!
I saw a seriously overweight lady on This Morning a few months ago. She was there to promote fat acceptance and was doing her best to convince Philip and Holly, and the person opposing her, that she was happy to be fat, but more than that, that she was also incredibly healthy. And at that point in time, she probably was healthy. If I am being honest, her eyes looked dead though – they were the eyes of a fat person trying to put on a brave front and trying to convince not only other people, but themselves, that they are happy being fat. But I could see it in her eyes…they looked like mine used to! Or maybe she was just pissed off at being judged about her size, and being judged by people like me – who assume that her health must be suffering. I wondered exactly when was the last time that she had visited her doctor though – and had her doctor given her a clean bill of health…had he actually said, “you are healthy”. I struggle to see a doctor saying that to someone of that size. Perhaps, “for your size you are healthy…at the moment”!
I just don’t buy it that seriously overweight people are happy being that way. Not being able to bend over and put socks or shoes on without nearly cutting off your oxygen supply. Struggling to wipe your ass when you have been to the loo. Needing to walk upstairs but standing at the bottom, looking up, thinking that it looks like your equivalent of Mount Everest. Not being able to have a bath for fear of having to be rescued from your wedged and naked position by a bunch of Firemen! The checkout chick or chap sending you looks when they scan the stuffed crust pizza…even if it is your slender other half that will be eating it! The list goes on…
But hey, what do I know? I have a bee in my bonnet and am on a mission to help people realise that weight loss is achievable, whatever their starting weight. I won’t say, “if I can do it, anyone can!”, because our journeys are all so different. The paths that got us to the land of excess weight will be very different, and therefore the solutions might be very different.
What I will say though is that I think trying to promote the fat and healthy mantra is incredibly misguided. I doubt anyone in their right mind would promote it…perhaps the thought is that fat doesn’t necessarily equal poor health. Then again, with the wealth of scientific evidence that shows otherwise, I am not buying it. To me, fat does equal poor health…maybe not immediately, but it’s on the cards!
The NHS Choices website has the following information regarding the complications of obesity:
‘Being obese can lead to serious health problems, as well as shorten your life expectancy. It is estimated that there around 35,000 obesity-related deaths in England each year – this accounts for one in every 16 deaths.
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of health problems, including:
high blood pressure (hypertension) – this is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that can affect the circulation of blood around the body)
type 2 diabetes
many types of cancer
osteoarthritis – a condition that affects the joints
sleep apnoea – condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep
gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
You are also more likely to develop complications in pregnancy if you are obese, such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia (which is when a woman experiences a potentially dangerous rise in blood pressure during pregnancy).’
So why take the risk? You might not have any of the conditions / diseases / illnesses mentioned above. But why chance it? Most overweight people I know are trying to change their ‘overweight’ status. Some for vanity reasons, some for health reasons, and some for a combination of both. I don’t care what it is that prompts you into making positive changes, but I sure as hell hope that it doesn’t take the diagnosis of one of the above!
Just consider the game of Russian Roulette. For those of you, like me, that thought it was some sort of game played in a casino, think again. Russian Roulette is the practise of loading a single bullet into the chamber of a gun, spinning the cylinder, and then placing the muzzle of the gun against your head, and firing. If the gun has six chambers, and only one bullet loaded, you have a one in six chance of shooting yourself. The scary illusionist, Derren Brown, played this ‘game’ on a TV show.
Why am I talking about Russian Roulette…is it some new fad diet? A miracle quick fix? Nope…but for me, remaining obese is the same thing! You are taking unnecessary risks with your life. In fact, I reckon that there would be a boffin out there who could work out the odds of getting shot in a game of Russian Roulette versus getting one of the illnesses mentioned above if you are obese…I wonder? My totally uneducated guess is that you have more chance of getting one of the illnesses. And as I am not a gambler, I am going to continue trying to shift this bloody weight once and for all, before I end up having to check off more of the illnesses mentioned.
Okay, my little lecture is over now! And I just want to clarify that I have no problem with curves and a muffin top – I actually think a little bit of weight is fine…!
Today has been lovely…
Although last night was a nightmare…I had a really upset stomach (too much meat yesterday at the BBQ!) and so hardly got any sleep. I woke up early but my other half told me to sleep for a while and so I got up later on, grabbed breakfast, and went to my sisters house. The kids dragged me out into the garden, so I spent my time throwing the ball for the dog, keeping and eye on kids and getting my toes run over – by my niece on her newly fixed bike! It was a lovely afternoon, and I was happy to hear that my sister and her hubby are rejoining Slimming World and coming to my group tomorrow. I just want my family to be happy and healthy and I know that losing weight means a lot to them. They have busy lives though and find it difficult, as a lot of us do, to plan and ensure that healthy options are available. I will do my best to help them out when I can…I just don’t want to be preachy about it all! Tonight will be a catch up with ‘Revenge’ and ‘Made in Chelsea’…followed by bed.
Breakfast: Banana and two Benefit bars (1 x HEB).
An okay food day. I wasn’t that hungry and ended up not having lunch until gone 4pm…which meant dinner was later than usual. I have posted the recipe for the soup on my Facebook page, so click here to view it…although my soup looks a bit less polished than the picture from the Good Food website! They never look the same as the recipe books show though! After my stomach upset, I just wanted a plain day…although the soup couldn’t be described as plain; it has a little kick to it with some lovely warming flavours.
Exercise: Not much today!
Have a wonderful week my lovelies,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx