The real reason we are failing at weight loss
Huffington post published an article recently suggesting that it is anti-fat bias that is leading to an increase in the obesity rate. The article references studies that showed that only 22% of women and 7% of men who are obese knew they were obese. Then the author goes on to say that it is the fault of the thin people making fun of overweight individuals that is causing obesity. The article has a clear agenda of pushing fat acceptance.
I don’t support overweight people getting mocked or mistreated, but I think the fat acceptance movement is doing serious harm to the country. In my everyday life I never see people mocking overweight people to their face and making them feel bad. In today’s PC culture you can’t get away with making fun of anyone for any reason, plus most people are already obese or overweight. Are you going to crack a joke about a fat woman to your chubby friend? If thin people are actually mocking overweight people all the time and causing them to overeat, wouldn’t more than 7-22% of obese people know they were obese?
The fat acceptance movement is the reason that so many overweight people don’t even realize that they are overweight and hurting their health. Instead of educating people about how it is ok to be overweight the fat acceptance group should be educating people on what is healthy food and how to lose weight. To me a fat acceptance movement makes as much sense as an alcoholics acceptance movement. If you are engaging in unhealthy behavior like over eating or drinking too much alcohol, you need someone to tell you how to be healthy, not someone telling you it is ok to be unhealthy.
These articles make me so angry because they look for all kinds of excuses for obesity so as not to blame the person who is overweight. These articles talk about how thin people have good genes and that is why they are able to stay lean. I have struggled with my weight for a long time and it wasn’t until I started following the paleo diet that I was able to keep off the weight. I am lean not because of good genes but because I work my butt off in the gym and eat healthy food. Don’t minimize my accomplishments with accusing me of being lucky. Luck had nothing to do with it. 100% hard work and educating myself on health.
Below is a comment left in response to the article. I think it does a good job of capturing the direction our country is moving in:
So few comments – this illustrates our apathy toward responsible health behaviors. Obesity is fast becoming the norm, even among health professionals. We Americans lack incentives to exercise and reduce consumption. We can’t resist the food that’s so conveniently at arm’s reach. So thanks, America, for tolerating my unhealthy behavior with your acceptance, kindness and understanding. I now feel OK about my obesity. Better yet, I can enjoy even more Big Macs with fries each day, knowing that YOU will gladly pay for treatment of my heart problems, myocardial infarctions, hypertension, diabetes, and other looming health issues.
I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, I don’t have any problem with people who are overweight. Lots of my friends and family are overweight or obese. I still love them but I want them to get healthy and shed a few pounds so they will live longer. I hate obesity like I hate cancer because they both hurt the people I care about.