Monthly Archives: August 2010

What is it like to be obese?

Have you ever noticed the food that obese people eat? I have and they are not all the same.  while some do indeed have their plates piled high, others eat very small meals or even skip meals. They try very hard to control the amount that they eat so that they will not gain even more.  But alas, these are the people who have also lowered their metabolism so that their bodies hang on to every calorie they consume.

Some have quite given up trying to control their weight and simply eat whatever they can find that tastes good.  Usually in their opinion, it is the higher calorie, higher fat foods that have the appealing taste.    They continue to eat like this until some diet  sounds like it might work for them and they try and then fail at another diet.

If you have never been overweight then you probably have no idea the turmoil that these people go through.  You probably think of them as simply having no will power.  If they would simply eat less and get some exercise then they would lose that excess weight.  You picture them sitting on the sofa with a snack in one hand and the tv remote in the other.

You think that they don’t care….but they do. They just don’t know how to overcome the cravings that have them breaking their next diet before it even has a chance.  Exercise?  When you are heavy it is exercise just to move around the house.  You try carrying around an extra 50 to 100 pounds of weight and see how much extra exercise you feel like doing.

Trying to look decent is also a challenge.  Some ladies are quite talented and have their clothing choices so that much of their bulges are hidden.  They play up their hair or their faces and look quite nice.  For most though it is very difficult trying to find anything that fits that does not look like a tent.

Then there are the health issues. If you are overweight you already know that you are at high risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. You know that complications from these illnesses could not only shorten your life but also make your quality of life very poor.

Knowing all this, why don’t they just push away from the table?  If only it were so simple. There is surgery, pills, potions, diets, exercises and a long list of things that usually only make them more miserable.

But sometimes, they find something that works. And then they get encouraged. They lose a little weight and start exercising. They lose some more and keep going.

What is the point of all this?  Encouragement helps because it lifts a person up.  Criticism hurts and discourages a person from doing what they can do.  Most overweight people already know how they look and what their health issues are.  They don’t need to be put down or treated with disrespect.

In truth, the diet program that works wonders for one person may be impossible for another.  Some people have good results from just watching what they eat and getting a little more exercise. Others have to turn to surgery to save their very lives. Diet pills can be dangerous for one person but help another.  There are supplements that can help balance the hormones in your body and that is the key for many who have cravings.

Just don’t give up.  You are worth all the hard work that it takes. You have a place in life and a purpose that no one but you can fill.  Hang in there. get the help that you need to become the best you that only you can be.