Are you a fatty?
By: Pearl Omerso (and Pearl has no filter)
April 6, 2019
Is obesity a disease? Well, there’s a hell of a question? I can tell you I have seen it all. Tall, short, fat and fatter. And yes, we try to be PC by not calling individuals fat. But we call them sticks when they walk around looking like the side view of a wall, and that’s ok.
Obesity is created from many things, such as depression, over eating (there’s an obvious one), poor food choices, medications that increase appetite, the inability to control cravings, genetics and poor diet during childhood. I am sure there are also many other reasons why individuals are obese, including the fact we live in Fast Food America. Fast burgers, fast fries, fast chicken, fast just about everything. Any fast sex joints anywhere? It would give people a reason to do some cardio and lose weight, right? Can you imagine driving by the Fast Sex Joint, and it’s right next to Burger King. You would choose…. order #69 at the Sex Joint or order #8 at BK? Hey, Japan has little love hotels in which you rent a room for 1 to 2 hours; you do your thing and walk out. And look how skinny they are! There’s a fucking thought. Any entrepreneurs out there, since our Motels are not working out so well?
In 2013, the American Medical Association recognized Obesity as a disease. Obesity has linked diseases to it such as Diabetes, Joint pain and Heart disease. BM is now considered flawed, as well.
BMI overestimates body fat in bodybuilders and can underestimate fatness in people of normal weight who have little muscle mass, but carry a lot of extra pounds in the midsection. – Andrea Crespedes.
Since BMI was created as a hand written, paper formula in the 1830’s, and with the onset of advanced technology, revisions must be made to how the BMI is calculated for individuals who are active and have higher weights and body size due to muscle mass, as opposed to fat mass. For the most part, if you are overweight or obese, then BMI would be a good indicator of predicting if an individual is at high risk of disease. That formula needs a little updating. You would think with the current obesity issue; some genius out there would’ve updated that calculation.
Get a kick out of this one; between $140 to $200 billion dollars are spent on healthcare costs addressing the obesity issue in the United States per year. Obesity is being measured in adults over 20, but there is a large percentage that is being measured for ages 2 to 19.
Culture is also an influencing factor in obesity. Many immigrants from third world countries come to the United States where they find easier access to food. The food for lower income families are not of the best quality. They usually have to purchase canned goods which are high in sodium and cheap cuts of meats, which are not lean. They cook with mostly cheap, processed products adding to the sodium count in their food and the amount of fat contained therein. As a result, individuals once unhealthy and malnourished, are now obese and at risk for Diabetes or cardiac disease. Both sides of the coin suck.
What is the solution? You can choose to sit on a scooter and do your food shopping that way or you can choose to start a healthier diet and exercise program. Self-control is also huge when addressing this issue. You can blame genetics, but I have seen obese people determined to lose weight, and they have. To the point where they are no longer needing insulin and their Diabetes is now diet controlled. Or their blood pressure medications have been tapered down.
I’m not one for excuses. I like to see a mind over matter attitude. Change is hard but simple. If you shouldn’t be eating something, then don’t. If you like being fat, then stay fat. I won’t judge you. But if you want to be healthy, stop bitching and do something about it. And if you have a medical or psychiatric condition, then I sympathize and hope you can find the support and medical attention you need to succeed and be healthy.
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