reply to post by Observer99
I'm actually diabetic and when I was 9 was put on an adults diet by a nurse who was a complete idiot and was force fed portion sizes far too big for
myself through my parents being terrified and wanting to follow the rules to the letter. This meant I went from 3 or 4 stone (I lost a lot before I
was diagnosed) to about 8 or 9 stone in a very short space of time. (I can't remember the exact weights but I was unnaturally thin before, and quite
possibly obese after - it was a while ago).
I'm not going to say I'm fat now, no, coz I'm not. I'm not going to argue with you, because I know nothing of your situation, but you don't know
anything about mine either, so I could quite easily be a middle aged woman who had battled with weight in the past. I'm not, of course, so there's no
point in saying I am just to prove a point. Everyone has a right to their opinions, and the world would be boring if we all agreed, so I'm not the
person to switch sides coz someone contradicted me. I'm probably quite lucky in that I take after my dad's side of the family rather than my mothers:
start off chubby, get thinner as you get older. But I did have to struggle to get that weight off and have only just managed to do so in recent years.
And growing up as a fat teenager isn't good for self esteem
But I didn't say all, I said a lot
. I'll change that statement if you like to 'some' if you want a correction on my part. I should have been
more clear on that so not to upset anyone, but I'm not 'uninformed' and I don't walk around pointing my finger at people who are overweight and
shouting "LAZY" at them so I'd really rather not be accused of doing so.
Members of my own family and people I see every day prefer to do stupid 'diets' to lose weight (the one where you attempted to get ketones present in
your own urine was possibly the worst one I'd heard and my objection was listened to that time and it didn't go ahead) and will not[
to help themselves, preferring to sit in front of the television and try to wish the fat away while stuffing their face with chocolate and other
rubbish, moaning about how unfair it is. And, like someone said, their metabolism will slow down when their bodies go into shock and storage and they
won't lose anything anyway. I tried explaining this to a member of my family, but they don't 'have time' to exercise, and would rather drive places
they can get to in 20 mins walking, so basically, they're not going to lose the weight they want to lose - are they?
I have the utmost sympathy for people who have tried and succeeded, or even just tried to lose weight and not managed using diet and exercise due to
genetics or whatever. Therefore, I'm sorry if you felt offended by my post. I didn't mean to do so, and thought I'd worded it in such a way to avoid
But working for a healthcare system in the UK that's already overstretched and seeing people want procedures because they just can't be bothered to
lose the weight themselves annoys me. And unfortunately in this country it's getting that way. Especially with kids. We have a lot
(not just puppy fat either - properly obese) kids who aren't learning from their parents to shift it. I mean, lets face it, junk food does taste
better than veggies to kids (I used to see McDonalds as a treat - now it makes my stomach ache) and computer games are generally more interesting than
playing outside. Especially in built up areas. Probably safer too. Less cars to hit you while you try to get your football or gangs to be scared of in
the house. I make myself take the dog for a walk at least once a day and it's been instilled in me because I sort of live in the countryside and have
animals but not everyone is as lucky and you see kids all the time who won't leave their computers, and then their parents wonder why they're
overweight. This is kinda bad in itself as I have two friends from when I was in primary school who were also quite chubby and went on to develop
anorexia. Whether or not it was because of that, I'm not sure. It was probably more to do with media influence where the only size is 0 and everything
else is ugly. Which I completely disagree with.
Let's put it this way, if we have to use colour wheels to tell us what's good for us and have adverts on the TV to tell people how much exercise to
do, there's something dodgy going on. But hopefully it's opening people's eyes and making them think and act on it.
Those are the people I take issue with. Not you. Not people who have genetic issues. Not even people who are overweight and just continue on with
their lives happily. I don't really feel strongly enough about perfect weights to care. It's the people who are fat, lazy, and won't get off their
backsides to do anything about it but constantly moan about the government on the news and to the papers because they can't have a gastric band fitted
on the NHS and how that is completely unfair to them. Anyone who makes an effort, I'm willing to help. Because making the effort is, at the end of the
day, better and healthier for your body and
your self esteem. Anyone who refuses to do so, then I'm sorry but it's their own fault.
edit on 19/8/2011 by Ayana because: (no reason given)