I’m sure that obese people can be healthy, just as sure that thin people can be unhealthy. Crack addicts can be deathly thin, but nobody would mistake that for being healthy. I’ve read that thin diabetics can be at greater risk than heavier people with Diabetes. I’m pretty sure there are exceptions to every rule.
When I was 245 lbs. I had no major medical conditions, but I sure didn’t feel healthy. At 245, I wasn’t Obese I was Morbidly Obese. I couldn’t walk without a cane and I got out of breath climbing even one flight or stairs.
“An individual is considered morbidly obese if he or she is 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight, has a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more and experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.”
From the time I was 30 I thought I would be dead of Cancer by the age of 70 and have Diabetes before the Big C took me out. Cancer and Diabetes run in my family. I didn’t think I had any chance of beating the odds until I saw Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live” PBS tv show. I went on his program to avoid Cancer and Diabetes and dodged having a heart attack because of my weight.
That Could Have Been Me
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ Robert Frost
A new guy started at work, he’s new to the company, but he’s two years older than I am. His name is Frank and he outweighs me by 100 pounds, he tells me he’s been overweight his whole life.
Frank is huge, he can hardly walk or even get out of his chair. He reminds me of me back in January 2012. He tells me that aside from having had Prostate Cancer and bad knees that he’s perfectly healthy his vitals are great and like me takes no medication.
I have no reason to doubt Frank, although I think he’s probably over 300 pounds and not the 280 + he says he is. Maybe because he’s been overweight his whole life his body has adjusted or adapted to the weight. I honestly don’t know.
What I do know is that without “Eat To Live” that could have been me. I know I was over 245 lbs because that’s when I stopped getting on the scale. I would hope I would have been able to stop myself before getting as big as Frank, but he couldn’t. A lot of people can’t, they just resign themselves to being overweight and living to eat. They’ve lost all control and given into their food addictions.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is the perfect storm of food addictions; Sugar, Salt, Fat, Wheat, fast and processed foods with little or no nutrition. I think making people sick is the plan and it’s not just based on the greed of the companies pumping this crap out. They make it easily available and as cheap as possible, but they don’t put a gun to your head and force us to eat it. We do that all by ourselves.
“Why Don’t You Help Him?”
My manager Chris knows about my website and how much I am into health, nutrition and exercise. Chris said to me, “Why don’t you help him?” I replied, “What makes you think he wants my help… You sure don’t”
Chris thinks Mcdonald’s has the best tasting hamburgers and actually considers them to be food. Let’s just say that he’s not a “healthy nut”. He also thinks he’s perfectly healthy. Who knows, he may be.
I think I can explain to anyone how I “Eat To Live” but it won’t help anyone that lives to eat. Especially if they don’t want help. I’ve had to explain to many people that my concern is not what they eat, only what I eat.
Frank’s diet is horrible, breakfast and lunch are sausage and egg on a croissant from a fast food place and 32 ounces of coffee. I’d be willing to bet that he’s starving by the time he has dinner. I shudder to think what he can eat when he’s really hungry. I do know that cookies and ice cream are a late night temptation to him, and he usually gives in.
Our age and background are very close. I tried to explain to Frank that I like the exact same foods that he does, but I can’t eat them and reach my ideal weight or my health goals.
We were discussing my recent weight loss, ( over 30 pounds this year) and my goals and how and why I’m trying to get there. Frank sounded interested, but not inspired to follow. He was particularly interested when I told him about the dangers of Visceral Fat. He wanted to know just how to get rid of that.
I had to tell him that I didn’t know a way to spot reduce or just lose the dangerous Visceral Fat. It had to be a part of an overall weight loss program and the best I’ve found for me was “Eat To Live”.
“Eat To Live” does require change and commitment. I have been very comfortable and happy on ETL for over three years and lost over 70 pounds. I am within 25 to 30 pounds of my ideal weight and I fully expect to reach my goal by Labor Day 2015.
I’m sure that obese people can be healthy, but they are probably the exception and playing against the odds. One out of five people (20%) are going to die of Weight-Related Diseases. I don’t like the odds… do you?
If I can improve my odds even by just a little bit by Eating Healthy and Daily Exercise, for me that’s a small price to pay. I’m going to do it. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy not having to carry around that extra Hundred Pounds that Frank has to carry with him every step he takes, every day of his life. Even if it doesn’t add one day to my life or if we live to be the exact same age I’d still rather be me.
Who would you rather be?
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