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Why do people allow themselves to get fat?

With all the informaton about the severe effects of obesity, I have a hard time understanding why anyone woulf let themselves get fat. Why would someone want to put poison in there mouth? It makes no sense. Put down the fork and go out and exercize. Sorry but it has to be said. Listen to Michelle Obama. She's got her head on straight when it comes to this issue. For that I'm thankful. Fatties are FINALLY getting called out. Didn't use to be that way and look what happend.

by Anonymousreply 20101/26/2015

They've probably allowed themselves to get fat for the same reason you've allowed yourself to become an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 102/04/2013

OP=body fascist.

by Anonymousreply 202/04/2013

Why do people smoke? Why do people drink alcohol? Why can't people stop smoking or drinking?

by Anonymousreply 302/04/2013

Why do people engage in promiscuous sex and engage in analingus?

by Anonymousreply 402/04/2013

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by Anonymousreply 502/04/2013

OP has peanut allergies.

by Anonymousreply 602/04/2013

Some of us just as as perfect and awesome as you OP.

by Anonymousreply 802/04/2013

R5: "What's Your Favorite White Trash First Name?"

Tiffany

by Anonymousreply 902/04/2013

Why is OP retarded?

by Anonymousreply 1002/04/2013

Because we're soulless pieces of shit who deserve to die in agony, OP. Is that what you wanted?

by Anonymousreply 1202/04/2013

"Why do people allow themselves to get fat?."

1. I'm currently working 60 hours a week because I have an important position with my company and am working on a project that involves a great deal of effort.

2. Everything other weekend, I get on a plane and travel 1000 miles to visit my mother, who has dementia, and tend to her affairs, something I've been doing for the last 5 months.

3. When I do have a free minute, which isn't often I simply veg out and eat junk food.

Any other questions?

by Anonymousreply 1302/04/2013

R5, you forgot to mention Heath Ledger.

by Anonymousreply 1702/04/2013

Why don't people like the OP stay in school long enough to spell correctly.

by Anonymousreply 2102/04/2013

R5 So true, and what it ultimately boils down to is:

"Why are people who don't look like me, act like me, think like me and validate my every thought, word, deed and aesthetic allowed to live?"

by Anonymousreply 2202/04/2013

Why do people spend their whole adult lives in their mother's basement watching porn?

by Anonymousreply 2302/04/2013

R13: You sound like you think you are a martyr, but you come across as a bit stupid.

by Anonymousreply 2602/04/2013

Actually, R26, he sounds like a normal person. Not at all stupid.

by Anonymousreply 2702/04/2013

I'm fat and I know I didn't make a decision to become fat. It happens.

Was skinny as a rail as a kid. Started working out in my 20s and was in fantastic shape all though my 30s. It all went to hell when I hit 40. Developed a back condition and live in constant pain. I'm no longer as active as I used to be. As a result, the weight started creeping on. When I have the rare periods, I'll do all I can to try and lose the weight. A couple of years ago I dropped 50 pounds and then my back went out and I spent months in physical therapy. All the weight came back on.

I'd give anything to be living without the pain and being able to live the life I used to. So no, I did not decide to get fat.

Go fuck yourself OP.

by Anonymousreply 3002/04/2013

Agree with r13 and r15. A lot of it has to do with the crazy hours/jobs people in the US are expected to work now.

In Europe, you get time off to take a vacation and you're expected to GO on vacation. You get to go home at the end of the day and enjoy a meal with your family. You can talk a walk at lunch without someone screaming their lungs out at you for "slacking".

In the US, if you don't eat at your desk and work every possible minute, you're a "slacker" and the first to get shit-canned. There's no time to "work out" or take a walk or hell, even SLEEP.

You work on weekends and you're so fucking exhausted that you grab the first thing you can find and stuff it in your mouth (fast food, candy, energy drinks) so you can just keep working.

Then your body gets addicted to the fat and sugar so even if you WANT to stop, it's really hard.

Fucking bunch of bullshit and our health care costs are going to get even WORSE because of it.

by Anonymousreply 3102/04/2013

Because, OP, millions of years of evolution is totally at odds with your ill-informed view of the world.

[blockquote]"In study after study, overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and fare better than normal-weight patients with the same ailments. The accumulation of evidence is inspiring some experts to re-examine long-held assumptions about the association between body fat and disease."[/blockquote]

by Anonymousreply 3202/04/2013

You can't stay up all night working unless you eat every couple hours.

by Anonymousreply 3302/04/2013

Some of the overeating is due to emotional anxiety or depression. Genetics may also be a factor; probably less than one might think, though.

The truth is that these days we get less outdoor activity. There are hundreds of cable channels and Xbox games to keep us inside. Some kids are now growing up knowing nothing about outdoor activity.

We have a surfeit of fast-food restaurants serving enormous portions, and this has changed our eating patterns. (An aside: when I worked in downtown NYC in the 70s, you had two choices: the deli or the hotdog cart. Nutritionally, it wasn't good food, but it was hard to pig out on ham and cheese or a couple of hot dogs. Now there's a fast-food restaurant every 15 feet or so.)

We are bombarded with advertising both for junk food of all kinds AND for diet products of all kinds. We have never had such an array of both fast-food and diet products to choose from. It is so messed up that the fast-food and diet businesses are both multibillion-dollar industries. Some of us can resist this advertising; many cannot.

I don't have any kids, so I don't know if nutrition is routinely taught in the schools, but it should be.

Yes, obesity is a significant public-health problem, but there is no point being snide toward people who are engaging in unhealthy eating patterns. That won't solve it.

by Anonymousreply 3602/04/2013

R32, a doctor friend said he hated it when he was presented with a thin older woman with pneumonia because he knew he was probably going to lose her.

He said many or most of the diseases that hit older people are wasting diseases. If your body does not have the resources to fight them, you will lose. He said he would never advise an older patient who was 30-40 pounds over their so-called "right" weight to lose the weight.

by Anonymousreply 3802/04/2013

We self destruct when we feel unhappy and are too afraid to address or confront our inner turmoil. We distract us by eating too much / not enough / the wrong stuff, putting our noses in other people's business, take drugs, engage in dangerous activities (like bareback sex), become hoarders, etc.

by Anonymousreply 4002/04/2013

Why do people, like R26, allow themselves to be pompous, know-it-all, one-size-fits all assholes and blowhards?

by Anonymousreply 4702/04/2013

Sometimes obesity is related to a health issue like an underactive thyroid.

Don't be such a prick.

by Anonymousreply 4802/04/2013

Why can't the world live up to the shining example of perfection that I set for it?

If only they'd listen to me all their problems would disappear!

by Anonymousreply 4902/04/2013

I've never been overweight, but I have a lot of sympathy for those who are. Think about it - they have an addiction, just like those who are addicted to smoking/drinking/drugs, but unlike many of those types of addicts, their addiction causes very real physical side effects. Anyone can just look at them I know what their problem is, and instantaneously judge them for it without knowing anything else about them. (I know that other types of addictions can cause telltale physical signs too, but there are many functional alcoholics/drug addicts who successfully keep it under wraps and don't show physical signs. They aren't going to be instantly judged for what their issues are by any random person who sees them walking down the street.)

Both my parents were overweight when I was a kid and I think that's part of why I have more sympathy for overweight people. My dad always drilled into my head how important it was to not get fat like him. He explained how he was often socially ostracized for it throughout his life and didn't want me to go through the same things.

by Anonymousreply 5002/04/2013

Some of our current ideas both about the prevalence and the dangers of obesity are well...overblown.

I, for one, am sick of hearing about it.

Everybody I know, fat and thin, is SO neurotic about food and weight now. It's a national hysteria. Tedious and unnecessary if you ask me.

by Anonymousreply 5102/04/2013

Lots of reasons, OP. Some people are just lazy and don't give a shit. Others have hormonal problems, mobility issues, or are medicating with food. In any case, it happens gradually and maybe they don't realize they have a problem or are in denial until they have put on a significant amount of weight. That was the case for me. I kept telling myself I was just curvy until an embarrassing weight-related incident shook me into reality. Only then did I decide to do something about it.

by Anonymousreply 5202/04/2013

I spent my late teens and early twenties being anorexic. I fought that battle and was at a normal weight. I was doing well until the day came when I knew it was time to give up a terrible nicotine addiction, but something I was afraid of was blocking me. I came to realize that my fear was that I would gain weight and reawaken the eating disorder.

I went to a therapist who helped me see that I can love myself no matter what I weigh. I quit smoking, gained some weight and discovered I actually liked my body with a little extra weight.

I'm about 20 pounds over optimal weight according to charts, but I'll be damned if I try to lose a single pound. It's my body, I'm healthy and it's nobody's business but my own.

by Anonymousreply 5302/04/2013

R34, I can tell you why that study is inherently flawed.

I also lost a large amount of weight (around 40 lbs) by switching from fruit juice to water and Crystal Light. The fruit juice that I drank was Martinelli's Apple Juice. It is 100% fruit juice and contains NO corn syrup.

The truth is that fruit has a lot of natural sugar in it. When you eat the fruit whole it makes you full so you won't get fat from it since it keeps you from eating other things. However, drinking fruit juice gives you all that sugar without making you full, so it's very easy to get fat from drinking it regularly.

by Anonymousreply 5402/04/2013

[quote]There is no evidence that GMO foods are less nutritious. Even if this were true, lacking nutrients doesn't make you eat more.

MSG stimulates appetite in a lot of people and the makers of food products that are high in MSG know this. I know that whenever I've eaten Chinese food, which is notoriously high in MSG, I'm always amazed to find myself hungry again an hour later no matter how much I ate.

I'm not saying that this alone can MAKE people put more food into their mouths, but it's not totally inconsequential.

by Anonymousreply 5502/04/2013

I've started exercising portion control. I used to eat everything I'd prepare for myself in one sitting, now I save half of it as leftovers. It's counterproductive to skip meals, because eating raises your metabolism. It's especially important to eat breakfast. I'd probably have to exercise too to lose much weight, but I figure the small meal thing will at least keep me from being bloated. Over-eaters will eat until it hurts, at least I've stopped doing that, and hopefully I'll start losing a little weight too.

by Anonymousreply 5602/04/2013

From a sex and love standpoint it makes no difference in the sack. Fat people are not much worse or more disgusting than anybody else. It only really matters from a health perspective and fat people who are healthy should not be attacked.

by Anonymousreply 5702/04/2013

Since both sexes gain weight as they age perhaps the offensiveness of fat people is one of having sex with an old person.

The idea of having sex with a very old person is so gross that it resonates with fat people as well.

But here's the problem: our culture has sexualized everything so when we see people we rate them on a scale of attractiveness. We shouldn't do that--we need to see people as human beings first.

by Anonymousreply 5902/04/2013

Read the Obesity Myth

Edited excerpt in link below.

It's time for people to stop being hysterically obsessed with fatness.

by Anonymousreply 6102/04/2013

Maybe some people allow themselves to get fat because they realize, no matter what your size-you are still going to die.

by Anonymousreply 6202/04/2013

r58, there is physical addiction, and psychological addiction. Pot for instance, isn't physically addicting at all, but people can become psychologically addicted to it. Obviously food isn't physically addicting, but people can become psychologically addicted to over-eating. You've never heard the term "comfort food?"

by Anonymousreply 6302/04/2013

Why do I pop Vicodin in my skinny body for a good time? Shit happens.

by Anonymousreply 6402/04/2013

[quote]Sorry but it has to be said.

Thank you, OP for being so wise and brave to yank this issue from the shadows!

by Anonymousreply 6502/04/2013

People who usually say things like "Sorry but it has to be said." are narcissists who think they're being so revelatory and ground-breaking.

by Anonymousreply 6602/04/2013

To piss you off, OP. Because you're that important.

Oh, wait. No, you're not.

by Anonymousreply 6702/04/2013

[quote]Maybe some people allow themselves to get fat because they realize, no matter what your size-you are still going to die.

Funny you mention that. Just had a long conversation with my sister, who wants us to have some kind of intervention because our father-- now 73 -- has put on a lot of weight in the last five or so years.

My sister is somewhat hysterical about the matter "he's not taking care of himself! he can't live like this!", whereas I am more of the "well, exactly how much time are you looking to add to his life at this point?" mindset. I mean, why should we care if he doesn't want to take care of himself at 73? He's NEVER taken care of himself, and he still drinks too much and smokes; the only new bit is that his weight has now also become a pronounced problem.

But honestly at this point, I hardly see much reason to care. In addition to likely being unsuccessful (is it even remotely possible to change the bad habits of a cranky old man?), I don't even care to. If his bad habits mean he will only be around two more years rather than 20, I have no issue with that. Neither does he.

by Anonymousreply 6802/05/2013

Why do people let themselves get poor?

by Anonymousreply 6902/05/2013

Getting poor is a lot cheaper and easier than getting fat.

by Anonymousreply 7002/05/2013

I'll be honest - I'm depressed. I don't like my life nor do I like my circumstances. I'm trying to change but it isn't easy. I've lost about 10lbs and will keep plugging away until I'm happier about my fitness level. The depression is being dealt with medically.

by Anonymousreply 7202/05/2013

I was always in reasonable shape--then I was diagnosed with cancer--the treatment for which has sent me into menopause about 10 years earlier than is typical. The cancer I have is incureable--tho thankfully it hasn't done a whole lot...yet...so part of me is like who cares? I have a terminal illness--I'll eat whatever I want...but, at about 30 lbs beyond my usual weight I hate it. Goes to show you, you never know what is going on with someone....

by Anonymousreply 7302/05/2013

R72 and R73,

feel better dears.

by Anonymousreply 7402/05/2013

Because (R71) if a group is looked down upon by society, they find it convenient to find a group that is even more looked down upon and judge them loudly and fiercely.

And oh yes, fat people are much, much worse because they "can help" being outside society and do nothing about it. But shouldn't the point be that everyone should be allowed to be who they are whether they can help it or not?

Lots of straight people are convinced that gay men can help being gay.

Stop being sheep everybody. Stop buying into this useless moral panic about weight.

by Anonymousreply 7502/05/2013

Because food tastes so good.

by Anonymousreply 7602/05/2013

(R73) Those 30 extra pounds might be of help to you right now. People with long term illnesses survive longer and better if they have some fat reserves.

I hope you can stop worrying about it.

by Anonymousreply 7702/05/2013

77 replies, but this time I think R1 got it right.

by Anonymousreply 7802/06/2013

I would agree with r1 too.

by Anonymousreply 7902/06/2013

So I guess you think a person who is on medication, that helps their chronic pain & gains weight from the drug, without changing their eating habits, is letting themselves get fat, right OP

by Anonymousreply 8002/06/2013

Shut up!

by Anonymousreply 8102/06/2013

There are a lot of really good points & heartfelt stories in this thread. I think a major factor for obesity in poor people is how high calorie food is so much cheaper. Honey Boo Boo's family gets by on spending $100 a week for groceries for 4 people (or so says Mama June). I spend $100 on groceries for one person for a week and I'm sure that people who live in urban areas probably spend more. If you're poor and don't have access to fresh food, you're going to tend to eat stuff like pasta and breads and other high calorie foods. It's not say it's impossible to eat healthy, but I can easily understand how poor people become obese.

by Anonymousreply 8202/06/2013

Addiction. Ever heard of it?

by Anonymousreply 8302/06/2013

I guess it depends on your priorities. I worry about getting diabetes or having a heart attack or something but then I know many thin people who have gotten seriously ill. I love good food and get a lot of enjoyment from cooking and eating. I don't know that losing weight would change my life for the better in a major way. My career is going great and I'm financially secure. When I put myself out there, I don't have trouble getting sex. The last time I lost some weight,nobody even noticed.

by Anonymousreply 8402/06/2013

People who have never been addicted to any particular behavior, can never really understand. But if you have ANY kind of addiction, you should be able to understand.

by Anonymousreply 8602/06/2013

Charles Durning lived to be 89.

I don't think there is a lot to be said for living past 80...I mean, it's over.

by Anonymousreply 8802/06/2013

[quote]"there is physical addiction, and psychological addiction. Pot for instance, isn't physically addicting at all, but people can become psychologically addicted to it. Obviously food isn't physically addicting, but people can become psychologically addicted to over-eating. You've never heard the term "comfort food?""-R63

That analysis does to the word addiction what Nan Michiganwomyn's hysterical outbursts do to the word rape.

by Anonymousreply 8902/07/2013

Hey, R73. What's your cancer? When did you have treatment? And how are you coping?

by Anonymousreply 9002/07/2013

Michelle Obama is just a pear shaped woman! Doesn't mean she's out of shape. But the fact that someone would even look at her and think that she's out of shape shows the anorexic thinking that has taken over the country. And she partially has herself to blame.

I'm sure she meant well with her End Childhood Obesity campaign but she (pun intended) fed into a national hysteria by using the word obesity. Why not have a Campaign for Healthy Kids or a Get Fit America for kids?

If you focus a campaign around obesity than all it does is make everyone look around to see and judge who can be considered obese (which could be many people now since the introduction of the BMI, which is in itself does nothing to measure a person's level of fitness or health) If you focus a campaign on obesity than all it does is further stigmatize a group of kids who already are the last ones picked for team sports.

Why do we focus so much on who is fat and who isn't? Why don't we recognize that nearly everyone could stand to get more exercise and eat some more vegetables? Why don't we help guide kids to do this in a way that doesn't make them feel like shit? It seems to me that if most people were concentrating on little improvements they could make, everyone would feel better. All this point and ducking of the finger doesn't accomplish much at all.

by Anonymousreply 9202/07/2013

Cream cheese... nom nom nom

by Anonymousreply 9302/07/2013

I worked a 70 hour a week job. When I wasn't at work I was still working or sleeping. They literally built my life so I would never have to leave the building and when I would go home they'd give me a car. I'd eat super late.

However, the tricky part wasn't that I was eating too much. I wasn't eating enough and at the wrong time. It DESTROYED my metabolism. Once I got laid off, I started eating three times a day and I lost 35 pounds in three months.

by Anonymousreply 9402/07/2013

I don't think anyone consciously chooses to become obese. It's just so easy to go down that road today. Unhealthy food is cheaper and easier to obtain than healthy food. Portion sizes are crazy, there is no need for a "doggy bag" that contains half your meal. Super-size anything should not exist.

by Anonymousreply 10002/07/2013

R91 is the resident racist pig...does she show up on every thread?

by Anonymousreply 10302/07/2013

"There are more than 300 million people living in America, and of those, more than 200 million are overweight or obese"

MYTH: These sort of statistics started when they started using the BMI as a standard. Read below:

"Thirty-five million Americans went to sleep one night in 1998 at a government-approved weight and woke up "overweight" the next morning, thanks to a change in the government’s definition. That group includes currently "overweight" celebrities like Will Smith and Pierce Brosnan, as well as NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. It even includes George W. Bush, considered the most fit president in U.S. history. "Overweight" had previously been defined as a BMI of 27.8 for men and 27.3 for women; in 1998 it was lowered to a BMI of 25 for both genders.

The 1998 redefinition prompted a group of researchers to criticize the new threshold in The American Journal of Public Health. They wrote: "Current interpretations of the revised guidelines stigmatize too many people as overweight, fail to account for sex, race/ethnicity, age, and other differences; and ignore the serious health risks associated with low weight and efforts to maintain an unrealistically lean body mass … This seeming rush to lower the standard for overweight to such a level that 55% of American adults find themselves being declared overweight or obese raises serious concerns." A research letter published in JAMA (the journal of the American Medical Association) reported that 97 percent of players in the National Football League are technically overweight and more than 50 percent are obese. The NFL responded by calling the BMI "bogus," since it "doesn’t consider body muscle versus fat."

by Anonymousreply 10602/07/2013

The BMI is BS, but people *are* heavier today than they were in the past.

I contribute this to modern conveniences, including over-reliance on electronics, and "Frankenfood."

by Anonymousreply 10702/07/2013

R10 the only reason they weren't fat is because they didn't have glands and thyroids and stuff that makes them fat.

by Anonymousreply 11102/07/2013

Food is addictive, especially the yum, 'unhealthy' kind. I've never been way fat (90 kilos is where I'm at right now and I haven't been much higher) but I do have quite a belly, and I'm trying to work at eating better but the temptation to eat yummy unhealthy food still gets the better of me. I think I'm on the right track though.

I've kinda caught myself in time, but I can easily see how others would find it very tough to halt things if they were getting out of control. Things like depression, loneliness, anxiety and other personal issues would make it even tougher.

And that's not even counting things like thyroid problems or other undiagnosed conditions.

Basically, very insensitive OP. Shame on you.

by Anonymousreply 11302/07/2013

It's a hierarchy of needs kind of thing which is apparently too complicated for other people to understand or relate to.

by Anonymousreply 11602/07/2013

Similar to R39, I was a little chubby in grade school but, when my parents split up, I packed on the pounds. I was an emotional eater and still am.

I lost the weight in HS as I discovered boys and stayed thin for a while until I started working days and going to college at night. I wasn't choosing the best foods late at night but, because I was doing alot of walking around campus, I stayed trim. Once I graduated however, I continued to eat the same way but without the exercise and the weight started adding up.

I joined NutriSystem in the early 90s and lost about 25 lbs which put me at my ideal weight according to the charts. Started dating but wasn't ready for all the lying, cheating bastards I encountered. Once again, food became my friend. It never broke a date, cheated on me, didn't call when it said it would, etc. I subconciously let myself get heavy to keep the guys away.

That worked until I met a guy who liked me with the extra weight. When he ended our relationship, it was emotionally devastating. I gained about 20 lbs when we broke up and have been trying to lose ALL of my extra weight.

Last month,I joined WW for the 4th time in about 10 years and am committed to losing the weight this time. I am also re-discovering exercise; if I MUST watch TV between 6 and7 PM, its while I on the treadmill. I have to remind myself that the weight didn't come on overnight so losing 1-3 lbs a week is acceptable.

I've also started dressing a little nicer as well. I used to enjoy shopping and getting dressed up to go to work. It may me feel pretty/beautiful. Casual Fridays was a nice change but, at least for me, casual dress M-F also contributed to my weight gain.

Good Luck to those, like me, are trying to lose the weight/get healthier.

by Anonymousreply 11702/07/2013

When I was a kid in the 70s, Rerun from What's Happening was the fattest person I ever saw. Now looking at him, he looks like a regular guy.

by Anonymousreply 11902/07/2013

And you, r114, like/find yourself addicted to unhealthy, prejudicial judgments and you don't care enough about not being shallow, insensitive and mean.

If that is important to you it is called assholery, which not only has snuck up on you, it's tackled you, and yet somehow, you find it very easy to be one because you personally care to be one.

Perhaps you didn't became a jerk overnight, it may have happened over many years.

by Anonymousreply 12002/07/2013

Yes, yes (R109) but the research is faulty. And most of the "experts" from the CDC are from the diet industry.

I don't believe that there is some obesity epidemic going on. I believe that a minority people are obese the same way that a minority people have always been obese. Most everyone else is average with maybe a few pounds extra gained in middle age.

Sure if you eat fast food and don't ever exercise, you are going to gain weight. But this is not what I see most people doing. Most people I know understand that portion size is too large in certain restaurants and they don't eat the whole thing. This includes fat people I know.

Americans are from all kinds of genetic backgrounds and, as a result, there are a wide variety of body types here. So yeah, you might see some more large Americans than you would in countries where people are all of a certain genetic make, such as France or Japan. And because some people in the States do have a fast food diet, you might see more extreme obesity. But it still doesn't mean it's an epidemic or that the majority of people are obese.

I wish everyone would calm down, do their best to stay fit and quit judging everyone else.

Remember it is the diet industry's business to make you feel ashamed. And the diet industry is the industry that influences the CDC.

If you don't like or believe that website, then check out The Obesity Myth written by Paul Campos.

by Anonymousreply 12202/07/2013

God made farmers.

by Anonymousreply 12302/07/2013

Yes, yes (R124) but I had seven fat great aunts and a grandmother who lived into their 90's and remained active and relatively healthy, considering their advanced ages. They never ate junk either, but did eat a pretty damn rich Eastern European cuisine.

Campos never argues that being very obese is healthy, nor was he writing the book to tell people what they want to hear. He was trying to point out that much shoddy and biased science is being done to support the idea that obesity in itself is some killer epidemic in our nation. There is no solid scientific evidence to support that claim. Campos as a lawyer, well practiced in logical thinking and examining statistics was able to analyze the current data and point out the flaws and biases.

Morgan Spurlock didn't gain too much weight during his experiment but he did suffer bad effects from the poor nutrition. So this means horrible nutrition has terrible affects. However, you can't turn around and claim everyone who is overweight/obese is eating badly. If that were the case, wouldn't Spurlock have gained a ton of weight? And if the conclusion then is that bad nutrition is so damaging, then why this mad focus on BMI and weight from the medical community? Why not recommend fitness and good nutrition at any size instead of scaring and shaming people solely because of weight? Most good doctors won't do this on an individual level but good god, look at the health media which is supported by doctors.

I'm going on about this so much because I'm so sick of the way a few badly done studies mixed with deep fear and prejudice of fatness have led everyone to accept poor science and bad logic. And nobody is better off from this. Truly obese people feel castigated and everyone else is neurotic. It serves us nothing to keep looking through this anorexic/eating disordered lens.

And no (R125) I don't see some obesity epidemic when I look around. Maybe it's because I'm looking in NYC but I don't see it.

by Anonymousreply 12602/07/2013

I'm overweight and an occasional smoker and I am the happiest I've ever been. Have the hunkiest, nicest boyfriend for the last 5 years. Gasp! Not all fatties are basement dwellers, a lot of us are out there enjoying life.

by Anonymousreply 12702/07/2013

Here's my own diet tip, R127: just eat your own excrement.

I do it everyday and I'm slim and trim.

And BTW, I'm a douchebag.

Toodles, y'all.

by Anonymousreply 13102/08/2013

I might be able to answer that, r132.

If she was active when she was younger, an injury might have caused her to suddenly no longer be able to do things.

She might have still been eating like an active person but the injury sidelined her. She wasn't able to exercise and put on weight. The excess weight aggravated the injury (this happens a lot - look at old football players) which made it even more difficult to move around.

It gets into a quick downward spiral and depression sets in. I think it's especially hard on someone who used to be very active vs someone who has always been sedentary.

by Anonymousreply 13302/08/2013

I have a good friend who is about 75-100 lbs overweight. I think with him, it's a shield. Even in his 40s, he won't come out to his very conservative religious family. He goes to church with them still and I think being fat is his way of having no one question why he isn't in a relationship. I think it's ridiculous since there are plenty of overweight straight people who are married! Pisses me off more at his family who MUST know he is gay and won't ever let him off the hook and just tell him they know and don't care. He has never had a real relationship and has lots of skeevy sex on the downlow. I feel bad for him.

by Anonymousreply 13402/08/2013

(R129) What cherry picked facts are those?

I don't think you've even read one bit of that book.

Here are quotes from actual medical journals:

"The data linking overweight and death, as well as the data showing the beneficial effects of weight loss, are limited, fragmentary, and often ambiguous. Most of the evidence is either indirect or derived from observational epidemiologic studies, many of which have serious methodologic flaws … In this age of political correctness, it seems that obese people can be criticized with impunity, because the critics are merely trying to help them. Some doctors take part in this blurring of prejudice and altruism by overstating the dangers of obesity and the redemptive powers of weight loss." —Editorial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, 1998

"Studies concluding that obesity is harmful are embraced, despite potential flaws. Studies concluding that obesity is [not harmful] are rejected or simply ignored, regardless of merit." —Journal of Obesity and Weight Regulation, 1987

"Someone needs to say the emperor has no clothes … [the conventional wisdom on obesity] is cultural bias, not science." —Dr. C. Wayne Callaway, Professor of Medicine, George Washington University, 1998

"These studies suggest that health problems frequently blamed on excess body weight are more likely caused by an unhealthy lifestyle rather than obesity itself." —Letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 1998

"Evidence that it is more dangerous to be thin than fat is either ignored or minimized in analyses that shape public policy toward weight loss … What evidence exists for an association between obesity and mortality or morbidity, is usually found not to apply to those with mild to moderate obesity." —Clinical Psychology Review, 1991

"Of all our convictions about health, the belief that obesity itself is a killer has no rival when it comes to the gap between conventional wisdom and scientific evidence … [T]he health risks of moderate obesity have been greatly overstated." —Dr. Glenn Gaesser, Professor of Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia, 1997

"The idea has been greatly oversold that the risk of dying prematurely or of having a heart attack is directly related to relative body weight." —University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus Ancel Keys, W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture, 1980

"The establishment clings to the belief that weight causes disease and death just as people once insisted that the world was flat." —Dr. Susan Wooley, Professor Emerita, University of Cincinnati, 1998

"The major studies of obesity and mortality fail to show that overall obesity leads to greater risk." —Dr. Reubin Andres, National Institutes of Health, 1980

"[M]ost epidemiological studies reveal that aside from the extremes, BMI is not that strong a predictor of death rates." —QUEST, the official journal of the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 2004

"Many longitudinal cohort studies reported no direct relationship between body weight and mortality; in others a negative relationship was observed." —International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, 1996

"Increased body mass index was marginally associated with reduced risk of mortality … In many studies overall obesity—often expressed as an elevated body mass index—has not been significantly related to myocardial infarction." —British Medical Journal, 1993

"Studies on the relation between body weight and mortality have shown inconsistent results … [W]e did not find an increased mortality at the upper end of the BMI distribution." —Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 1997

"A report from the WHO-MONICA study that examined the correlation between changes in risk factors and coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence rates from 38 separate international populations found that increasing BMI trends were actually associated with declining CHD rates among men; among women, there was no association between changes in BMI and CHD." —JAMA, 2005

by Anonymousreply 13502/09/2013

I really think most of us are predestined to be a certain weight and that's it. You can control it somewhat with diet and exercise, but it's all about portion control and exercise after a certain age.

by Anonymousreply 13602/09/2013

a nation that considers shoving a plastic tray into the microwave "cooking" and drives the car to the mail box and back is full of obese people. color me schocked.

by Anonymousreply 13702/09/2013

It's not "allowing themselves to get fat." In some cases it's medical problems. In other cases it's bad diet eating the poisonous, fat-laden, sugary salt-laden food the supermarkets and fast food joints are readily pumping out. Plus, as we get older we naturally get fatter.

There's entirely too much discrimination going on by angry, anti-social fucktards who compensate for their self-hate by attacking others' looks. If it ain't discriminating against someone for being gay, it's going after blacks, hispanics, and other races. It's a constant annoying predilection for cruelty to others by people who have sick minds.

See the "fatty" for the person they are not the superficial surface so many shallow people do.

by Anonymousreply 13802/09/2013

Obesity in America is the result of a perfect storm:

A vast American army of depressed, overworked people who feel bad about themselves and worried about their future.

Lack of exercise and insanely long drive-time commutes.

Food industry that relentlessly pushes addictive garbage.

Lack of food boundaries. Food everywhere, eaten at any place or time.

Lack of parental controls over food -- kids get hooked on bad habits and get fat young.

Conflicting and shifting studies on food and exercise.

Unrealistic body images as an alternative to obesity.

Very sad, really.

Oh, and Michelle Obama looks very good for an American 50-year-old woman. This "Michelle is fat" bullshit is coming from Rush Limbaugh dittoheads.

by Anonymousreply 13902/09/2013

One primary justification for the public health recommendation that fat people should lose weight is the conventional belief that obesity “kills.” When former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop launched his Shape Up America! campaign in 1994, he asserted that obesity is responsible for approximately 300,000 deaths every year in the United States. Since then, this statistic has gone virtually unchallenged. A Lexis database search performed in September 2003 revealed mention of this statistic in nearly 2,400 news stories since 1998, and in more than 1,600 stories in the past two years alone. The major problem with this “obesity kills” statistic is the lack of compelling evidence to substantiate it. In fact, the two sources cited in its support have been misinterpreted. 16,17 One, published in 1993, does not even mention obesity as a contributing cause of death.16 The authors of this study attempted to rectify the continued misuse of their data in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine in 1999: “The figure you cite applies broadly to the combined effects of various ‘dietary factors and activity patterns that are too sedentary,’ not to the narrower effect of obesity alone. Indeed, given the contribution of multiple diet-related factors to problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer, we noted explicitly the difficulty of sorting out the independent contribution of any one factor.”18 In the second source, published more recently in 1999, none of the studies used by the authors to generate estimates of annual deaths attributable to obesity adequately considered possible confounding factors, such as fitness levels, diet and dieting history, weight fluctuation, use of weight loss drugs, and less than adequate access to health care, to mention a few.17 The authors assumed that, after controlling for age, sex, and smoking, “all excess mortality in obese people is due to their adiposity.” The authors neglected to discuss the possibility that other factors, such as those mentioned above, could have explained some, or all, of the excess mortality in obese persons

by Anonymousreply 14102/09/2013

To date, no published report on the alleged annual death toll attributable to obesity has satisfactorily eliminated the possibility that the higher death rate observed in obese men and women is, instead, due to one or more possible contributing factors, such as those mentioned above, that are prevalent in this population. This is not to say that obesity is entirely benign, or that body weight is unimportant to health. Certainly, at the extremes – both very high and very low – body weight may adversely impact health. However, for the majority of Americans closer to the middle of the height-and-weight bell-curve, body weight itself may not be as important to health as commonly believed.13,32,33

by Anonymousreply 14202/09/2013

So a ten year old article finishes with:

"Certainly, at the extremes – both very high and very low – body weight may adversely impact health. "

Duh.

And: "However, for the majority of Americans closer to the middle of the height-and-weight bell-curve...."

Of course in the intervening 10 years, average weight has risen. So really what does any of this mean in 2013?

None of this by the way, even touches on childhood obesity... a cruel epidemic in itself:

by Anonymousreply 14302/09/2013

[quote]I really think most of us are predestined to be a certain weight and that's it

It is easy for some people to be a normal weight. Some people it is a struggle because they naturally want to eat more and it is harder for them to resist unhealthy foods.

However no one is predestined to be any weight. Put them on an island with limited food and everyone will be thin, just basic biology. But yes, it is obviously harder for some people for genetic reasons and behavioral reasons.

by Anonymousreply 14402/09/2013

(R143) For Chrissakes, you're asking me to go back and provide the full articles for quotes taken from medical and science journals and then you're throwing reports from CBS News back at me as a response? CBS, who is likely to be reporting the opposite thing next year, if that's the way the popular tide turns?

And what does that article I cited mean in 2013? It means what it meant then, that there isn't a real standard for measuring what can be considered overweight or obese besides BMI numbers and those numbers have been manipulated several times over now. In other words, you can be average today and overweight tomorrow according to the new shifting of the BMI number. So how does that equate to an epidemic?

And the reason I quoted a ten year article is because that's when this idea about some epidemic took hold and has never left. This article is a response to that. I don't see we gotten much new information since then that is based on actual epidemiological study and not emotional conjecture based on questionable insurance statistics.

The point is that nobody actually knows a whole lot about how "fat" America is when nobody can agree on what "fat" is. And nobody really knows how much weight affects health and at which point at which it actually becomes a causative factor in the development of diseases, if it actually does in itself.(Or is the weight a symptom of other physiological or behavioral factors that are the real problem? Correlation is not causation. And what may seem like just common sense might seem that way because we have been conditioned to view it that way)

Also nobody really understands extreme obesity either. The body is a complicated machine. Sure people love to go on about fast food and supersize portions, but there are obese people who don't eat that kind of stuff as well as skinny people who do. So what does that mean?

What pisses me off is that we can't get any good answers about any of this as long as everyone is talking in such hysterical, Chicken Little terms and using the idea of the "fat disease" as some metaphor for all their greatest fears about living in a consumer society.

by Anonymousreply 14602/09/2013

I agree completely with R100.

I grew up in the 1970s and going to McDonald's was a big deal. But there weren't many McDonald's (or other fast food places) so that helped.

There always was the cookie aisle, but now sugar is in most "regular" food. Trader Joe's has a lot of sugar in many products you wouldn't suspect.

I'm not fat, but I read labels; I'm often surprised at the number of "servings" and sugar & HFCS in items I would not think to assume have a lot.

R119, I'm shocked. I thought the same as you.

by Anonymousreply 14803/04/2013

Because food is addictive (studies have found this as well - sugar, salt and fat - along with the comforting effects of carbs) and there's plenty of it available. Humans are programmed to eat plenty in times of rest and when it's available.

Not everyone is susceptible to this though. But many are.

by Anonymousreply 15003/04/2013

Sometimes people don't notice their weight creeping upward. But if it prevents them from dating OP, they should celebrate it.

by Anonymousreply 15103/04/2013

[/quote]Girls in high school look like they are young matrons with three kids already with thunder thighs, fat asses and muffin tops.

But the boys are all fit and lean as can be, right?

by Anonymousreply 15203/04/2013

I disagree about there being more fat girls than boys. I actually see more girls than boys who are really lean and fit. Maybe it's because they're under more cultural pressure to be that way, or that the current female physical ideal (as skinny as possible without being scary-looking, fake boobs optional) is easier to maintain than the male ideal, which involves being thin AND having all these elaborately sculpted muscles.

by Anonymousreply 15403/04/2013

nothing to look good for anymore

by Anonymousreply 15709/19/2013

"Fatties are finally getting called out." Have you been under a rock, OP? Fat people have always been teased/tormented about their looks dumbass. Slim bullies feel superior.

It's easy to get fat and much harder not to for most people. Even people who don't overeat that much can become fatter as they age as their calorie needs are lower and their activity levels may be decreased. Pregnant women may find it hard to take the weight off after the baby's born. A stressful life and grabbing meals here and there can cause weight gain. Depressed and sad people may overeat for comfort.

The list goes on and on. R7 Thanks for your story.

by Anonymousreply 15809/19/2013

This is another fake issue peddled by conservatives. National debt is bad but it's never been cheaper to carry it. Obesity is bad but the people have never been healthier or as long-lived as right now. Problems, yes. Crises, no.

It's all a misdirection. Health care isn't expensive because we're screwing you on costs, it's those FAT PEOPLE they are so UNHEALTHY.

Grow up people. Fight the power, and stop fighting the people.

by Anonymousreply 15909/19/2013

Males and females carry fat differently. Females tend to have "fat spots" while males tend to have fat more evenly distributed throughout their bodies.

by Anonymousreply 16009/19/2013

They have low self-esteem to start with.

Is that so difficult to understand?

They feel like shit - about SOMETHING. Usually just themselves.

They often feel isolated, obviously rejected, know they are gross looking, and unaccepted. They know they are discriminated against.

They stay inside. They avoid exercise to not be mocked. They eat for comfort and probably out of boredom.

Pure fucking rocket science this is.

by Anonymousreply 16109/19/2013

bump for size 24-28

by Anonymousreply 16209/20/2013

R5, fraus aren't the only ones who get fibromyalgia. I dealt with a former military man, who was diagnosed with it and the condition and side effects from the meds have really done a number on him.

by Anonymousreply 16309/20/2013

In the military population, it is usually alcohol and bad diet, or hypothyroid.

by Anonymousreply 16409/21/2013

Why does OP wear Capri pants?

"excersize"... HA!

...yes I know how old the thread is,but OP probably bumped it!

by Anonymousreply 16509/21/2013

I'm glad you don't let your conscious bother you, R166.

by Anonymousreply 16710/18/2013

I just read the thread insulting runway models as being really ugly and virtually everyone on there insulted them.

I can see why.It seems most people on here are fat.I can literally smell the jealousy.

Shame so many can't find a healthy, middle ground nowadays.

I guess that's just too boring!

by Anonymousreply 16803/06/2014

Why don't people run their lives the way I do?

by Anonymousreply 16903/06/2014

R168,link please.

by Anonymousreply 17003/06/2014

o

by Anonymousreply 17110/16/2014

Why are we reverting back to a thread from February, 2013? Did we run out of Ebola threads?

by Anonymousreply 17210/16/2014

The same douche keeps bumping old threads.

by Anonymousreply 17310/16/2014

The question should be why threads like this are allowed to this room.

It's so stupid and heartless. Really. Op, thinks that all people who get fat have a choice. Of course, when you are insensitive with others, you think that they all can be pretty, strong and thin if they try. That doesn't work this way, in this life though. Some people are born fat and they cannot do anything because of their metabolism.

by Anonymousreply 17410/16/2014

Y'all love to be trolled

by Anonymousreply 17510/16/2014

Stuck on Stupid.

by Anonymousreply 17610/16/2014

[quote] The question should be why threads like this are allowed to this room. It's so stupid and heartless.

I know, right?,

Datalounge has always been a warm, loving, supportive {{{{hugs}}}}} and *****kisses***** place for everyone, just like our own little ivillage. We come here to commiserate our fatness and loneliness and drinking and mental illness and to talk about out grand babies and crafting.

And then, this!

by Anonymousreply 17710/16/2014

In my case I was thin and fit until about age 45. Then, my dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness followed shortly by my mother and uncle. My job was stressful, I worked long hours, and it was all I could do to keep a bit ahead of debilitating depression. I put on weight. I was not obese but carrying about 30 pounds too many. Now, older and finished with the worst part of a terrible time, I'm trying to get back in shape. It's a challenge. I did too much comfort food eating.

by Anonymousreply 17810/16/2014

People say theyes have no control over their weight bUT that is utter horse shit you have 100% control with what you eat and do everyday. People who say their job Is stressful and that is why they eat like shit and don't exercise are looking for a excuse. Looking for sympathy from other people who are doing the same thingthey are. Excuses sound best to those making them up.

by Anonymousreply 17912/06/2014

Get back to us after you've turned 45, OP.

by Anonymousreply 18012/06/2014

Bill Cosby

by Anonymousreply 18112/06/2014

I'm a fit person, but it is HARD. I don't judge obese people because i know food is really, really good. When they insist on wearing revealing clothing...that is a problem.

by Anonymousreply 18212/06/2014

Yeah, R179, I'm sure R178 was just WAITING for his parents to become terminally ill so he could have an excuse for being stressed, depressed, with limited time and a desire to feel better by indulging in comfort food. You're a motherfucking genius, you are.

by Anonymousreply 18312/06/2014

Why don't people work out?

by Anonymousreply 18412/06/2014

[quote]Some people are born fat and they cannot do anything because of their metabolism.

What a load of shit this is, were it true then there would have been fat people coming out of the camps in Germany.

by Anonymousreply 18512/07/2014

Work out, dudes

by Anonymousreply 18601/26/2015

Why are people I'm not attracted to allowed to live on Earth?

by Anonymousreply 18701/26/2015

Among scientists who study how our DNA affects our weight, a gene called FTO stands out. “It’s the poster child for the genetics of obesity,” said Struan F. Grant, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

In 2007, researchers discovered that people with a common variant of FTO tend to be heavier than those without it. Since then, studies have repeatedly confirmed the link. On average, one copy of the risky variant adds up to 3.5 extra pounds of weight. Two copies of the gene bring 7 extra pounds — and increase a person’s risk of becoming obese by 50 percent.

But the gene doesn’t seem to have always been a problem. If scientists had studied FTO just a few decades ago, they would have found no link to weight whatsoever. A new study shows that FTO became a risk only in people born after World War II.

by Anonymousreply 18801/26/2015

My waist size is 31 and has been for the last decade at least.

All my pants are 31.

If I start feeling like the pants don't fit, I get my weight back down.

There's no way I'm shelling out to buy a new wardrobe.

by Anonymousreply 18901/26/2015

31? Apparently same as your IQ.

by Anonymousreply 19001/26/2015

In college, I used to binge eat, chocolate, salty snacks, ice cream. it was my indulgent hobby on a weekend and I'd park myself in front of HGTV or whatever for hours and tune out the world. The Internet allowed me to still be "social" and hide behind my habits. Then guilt would sink in and I would go to the gym until 1 am. Because I've always been active, I only gained 10 to 15 lbs. Years later in my late 20's and 30's the desire to binge eat just disappeared as I started having more relationships, I found myself only triggered to eat badly when I am alone. Anyway, now, I don't gain weight simply because of the effort and hassle that would go into losing it or buying new clothes, as the above poster said. Reverse laziness? I find it easier to maintain a healthy weight by working out somewhat regularly and have lost cravings for sweets or overindulging. A vegan/vegetarian diet also made me think more about what I was putting in my body.

by Anonymousreply 19101/26/2015

[quote]Why would someone want to put poison in there mouth?

Are you retarded or just dumb?

by Anonymousreply 19201/26/2015

A lot of men with small penises overeat and try to appear unattractive so they don't have to expose princess tiny meat syndrome.

by Anonymousreply 19301/26/2015

The fast/jink food industry has done a brilliant job of indoctrinating peoples' tastes so that natural foods are seen as distasteful or even harmful. If I stay with my brothers, he and his family (all overweight) eat nothing that doesn't come out of a packet. They also have orange trees all around their house. I picked the oranges and juiced them one morning and had to REALLY talk the kids into trying it rather than just the stuff that comes out of a carton. You would think that I was trying to force feed them chilli. It was such a big deal to them to even take a sip. It's no struggle to guess where their health is headed.

by Anonymousreply 19401/26/2015

"Fatties are FINALLY getting called out."

OP is clearly posting from under a rock...

by Anonymousreply 19501/26/2015

Food is easier to get than heroin and they can't put you in jail for eating an entire Black Forest cake.

by Anonymousreply 19601/26/2015

But are we not in a prison of our own making R196?

by Anonymousreply 19701/26/2015

Please define "obese".

by Anonymousreply 19801/26/2015

[quote]Please define "obese".

If we're going by Datalounge standards than this R198.

by Anonymousreply 19901/26/2015

I want to understand, really I do ....

if you're gay and more than 10 lbs overweight, you should a) live at the gym or b) off yourself?

by Anonymousreply 20001/26/2015

60 year old here. My mother NEVER let us drink sodas or Kool Aid growing up. We had cake on birthdays and holidays. We ate loads of fruit instead. If we had potatoes they were the meal, smothered in vegetables. All three of us were skinny high energy kids and we played outside even in the dark. Why walk when you could run and we didn't sit still for long. I was 18 before I ate at McDonalds,there wasn't much fast food to choose from.

I'm 30 pounds overweight now, basically healthy. I have to make myself exercise or I don't feel well. I have to make myself curb my appetite for empty carbs. Back then it was so easy, no video games, very little fast food and we ate the skinny people diet my parents grew up with.

It's a different world. Also it's a pain in the ass to deal with high energy kids, I'm glad my mom had the tolerance otherwise she could have just filled us full of cookies and pasta.

by Anonymousreply 20101/26/2015
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