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08 October 2007

Awesome... A Fat Rant.

I can fake it - acting like this - but I never truly feel this way. Wish I could learn...

4 comments:

Jason said...

She's fat! If everyone thought like that, there'd be no war. Nobody's perfect, but everybody uses something to hide behind. Me? I'm lazy, and a perv. That's about it...I'm not hiding.... honest. Just don't tell my ......

DaisyBug said...

Interesting theory. The label of "fat" is just something to hide behind. So - if you eliminate that label you may have to face the fact that there actually REAL things wrong with you.

Hmmmm... a safety net so to speak.

Brilliant.

Oh - and YOU... a PERV?? Now way. Who would believe THAT?!? LOL...

iFred said...

This is only one of the common misconceptions about the human body and health issues.

The first misconception about a person's weight is that it is totally their fault. Certainly anyone can lose some weight, but nobody seems to take into consideration genetics and other natural factors that contribute to your body's shape. Another misconception is that if you just let go and eat whatever you want you'll blow up to 1600 pounds or more. People actually believe this! There are a few people this has happened to, but get real. Why do we believe this will happen to everybody? It won't. Trust me. You have a maximum weight that your body will attain and that's all. I couldn't get up to 400, 500 or 600 pounds if my life depended on it and I'd bet my life that most people in this world couldn't do it either. I know exactly what my maximum weight is and no matter how lazy I become or how much fattening food I consume, I will not go beyond that weight.

Another great and persistent belief is that cigarette smoking is the only cause of lung cancer. Granted, it may be the major cause, but it isn't the only cause. In 1976, when my father, at age 63, was told he had lung cancer and only 90 days to live, I asked his doctor, "If my dad was a smoker, would you conclude that the cause of his fatal disease was cigarette smoking?" He said of course he would. How stupid is that? Both my dad and the minister of his church died from lung cancer within two years of each other and neither of them were cigarette smokers and both were adamant about not allowing people smoke around them. On the other hand, my grandfather was a life-long chain smoker and he lived to be 90 years old and died of "old age" and "natural causes." It's on his death certificate.

I think it is time we stop these and other common and persistent misconceptions and begin to see things as they really are. Only then will we realize that people are truly different and begin to get to the bottom of the things we can change and what changes each individual needs. It is not a "one solution for everybody" thing.

End of rant.

DaisyBug said...

I think you have hit on something there Fred... We, as a society I guess, like to believe that there is one truth that fits all humans - whether that be about size or sickness. We act like we are not unique at all but fit neatly in one tiny mold and that is the end of that.

No one would ask a St. Bernard to slim down to the size of a greyhound - just doesn't work that way. We extend that intelligence to dogs, but not people. We are not all the same. I am, according to the charts "obese". BUT - I am healthy. My blood pressure is a consistent 112/78, my cholesterol is 143 - my heart is healthy - I am healthy. Everything that is supposed to be wrong with me, being obese - is perfectly fine. Doesn't that just piss off my doctors!? I don't fit their mold. Hell - I don't fit anyone's mold so they'd best just get over it.

I guess my fondest wish would be to just be okay with me. To shake off the negative messages both from family when I was younger and the media and the world around me now and just really embrace the fact that I am who I am - and that is okay. It is not easy my friends. I don't want to sound whiny but it is very difficult to take everything that you have always believed - you're not good enough, such a pretty face if only you could lose some weight, no wonder you have o prom date - look at you... and so on... It is hard to shake it - even as an adult. Even as someone who presents as confident - it is hard to convince myself that I am more than a number on a scale or a size. In a very real way it pisses me off that I even have to deal with it. I just want to be okay with me.

Okay - 'nuff said. Thank you both for your insightful comments. Appreciated as always!