I’m not fat, am I? In this day and age where we as Americans idolize the men and women on the cover of magazines who are stick thin, and the news reports that 68% of Americans are considered overweight, and that of that 68%, 35% of overweight people are considered morbidly obese, can you believe that better than 55% of overweight Americans don’t think they are fat.
It’s true. I was shocked. My husband told me he read this fact on the Internet a few days ago. So of course, I had to get on the Internet and check it out for myself.
Wake up everybody! Most of us are fat in this great country. Take a good long look in the mirror.
Don’t get me wrong. If you are okay with your weight, and your doctor is satisfied as well, then who am I to tell you to open your eyes.
It’s just surprising to read that most overweight people don’t believe they have weight to lose. Men are more likely to be overweight than women and less likely to diet and lose weight.
I have a friend who went to the doctor. She told me she was very upset with her doctor. How could he think she was overweight, and not only did her doctor tell her she was overweight? He told her she was obese.
She left his office frustrated and angry. She did not consider herself overweight at all. By the doctor’s standards, for her age and height he wanted her to lose over sixty pounds. She told me if she lost sixty pounds, she would be nothing but skin and bone and look awful. She felt she was large boned and had a big head, and that her weight was perfect for her bone structure.
Personally, I think she could stand to lose twenty pounds and tone up. My opinion doesn’t count. The only opinions that matter are hers and perhaps her physician’s.
“What’s wrong with a little excess weight?” That is the question that many overweight people ask and how they feel. “I probably could stand to lose a few pounds, but I think I’m alright.”
Truth is, too much weight means health problems. Health problems mean stress on our bodies and stress on those who have to care for us if we can no longer care for ourselves. The rising cost of healthcare has a direct relationship to health problems due to obesity.
When we are young, it may not seem to matter as much if we are a few pounds overweight. And even that is not really true. If we don’t develop good eating habits and control of our appetite when we are young, our bad eating habits will be harder to break as we get older. Not to mention the fact that as we age, we are less likely to be as active as when we were young. Therefore, it is critical to develop sound habits, a disciplined exercise regimen, and a solid pro-active mindset to carry us through our life.
Am I fat? Yes, yes I am. But not forever, and not after I’ve left this world. I might be struggling to get a grip on losing weight, but I am doing far better than before, and I am not gaining weight.
America, we are truly a blessed nation, and we are too fat. Most of us need to lose weight, and I don’t mean get stick thin; just a healthy weight. Doctors’ and insurance charts may not be perfect or exact by any means, but they are not that far off.
The conversation between our doctor and us should decide what is a healthy weight for us. One thing I learned after I had gastric bypass is you do not have to be skinny to be healthy. If your blood work and blood pressure say you are healthy, you’d be surprised that you get a pass on being heavier than what the charts say you should be.
And one more thing, if you have to ask, “I’m not fat, am I?” you probably are too fat.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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