Posted in Review: Books

Review: Worth the Weight

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I downloaded this eBook for my kindle. On Amazon this book is currently free. Yep I said FREE. I enjoyed reading Worth the Weight however there was one main issue I had with the story and this related to the character perceiving herself to be “fat” at a size 10.

Love overcomes old feelings of regret that only time can heal for the two main characters to move forward in life. Written by Mara Jacobs, this book does deliver in the nostalgic, finally getting together with your high school sweetheart, kind of way. The book is well written with very few errors. For a free book I was impressed with the development of the characters as a whole and the editing.

The only negative is main character really makes a big to-do about being overweight at one point in her life, while a size 10. Are you kidding me? Come on! A size 10 is NOT fat. This is the primary issue I had with Worth the Weight. There are places in the book where the main character measures her “fatness” by simply rolling over in bed to measure the span of her belly from hip to hip using the width of her hand. Personally, I fee this sends the wrong message to women reading this book. I mean when is a size 10 considered overweight? Unless your 5’0 a size 10 is not overweight. The main character is 5’8 or 5’9.

Overall, this eBook is worth its weight in reading. If you’re a fan of a successful woman coming back to have sex her high school boyfriend for the first time in 20 plus years, then this is the book for you. Plus, its free for Amazon Kindle readers.

Posted in Healthy Living

Weight Stigma

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They say first impressions are lasting impressions. I agree with this for the most part. However, there is a stigma associated with being overweight or obese. That stigma is like a diamond with many facets. The main facet is that overweight or obese individuals are viewed as lower class citizen’s because they are not height/weight proportionate. I will discuss weight stigma and why this is emotionally damaging to those that struggle with weight issues.

Weight stigma is all about the first impression. When someone see’s or meets an overweight or obese person that first impression is automatically askew. Some think that this “type” of person is lazy or undisciplined in his or her eating habits when the reality could be totally the opposite. Some people have weight issues for many reasons that go beyond just not eating right or exercising enough.

A perfect example of this is me. Yep, I said ME. Until recently, I did not know why I could not lose weight. I would try diet after diet and nothing would work permanently. When I went to my doctor I found out my thyroid is the culprit. My thyroid does not work at all, which makes it nearly impossible to lose weight even though I was eating less than most skinny individuals. Should I be penalized for being obese just because I had medical issues? Should I be overlooked for a great job just because I have tried and tried to lose weight and my body just wont cooperate? Finally, should I be overlooked by a man just because of my weight even though prior to meeting me he was totally interested?WeightStigma1

I used myself as an example but the reality is weight stigma destroys an individuals emotional health. How or why we are taught this I have no clue, but this perception needs to change. In the last link provided there was a study done about this very issue and they found that obese people were even more emotionally damaged when treated different. If being fat isn’t enough lets really demean someone by treating them like second class citizens which makes them turn to food for comfort.

Bottom Line:

About a couple of weeks ago I was watching an outdoor movie with some good friends. This movie was the remake of The Wizard of Oz. I commented to my friend, “Look at Judy Garland, wasn’t she so pretty?” he nodded in agreement. Then I went on to reply, “Look at her body. Tell me what you see”. To which my friend replied, “I see a healthy, beautiful Judy Garland!” I commented with “When did the image of health and beauty change? If Judy Garland were to try out for a movie today with her size 8/10, she would not be considered for the role.” To which my friend replied, “Yep, your right Kelly”.

Weight stigma is all about the first impression.

Weight stigma is in the eye of the beholder.

It should not matter how fat or how skinny a person is…but today, for most of society, it does matter. This is because when we get right down to the big fat root of the issue, we judge. We judge by appearances and social standing. We judge by how we were raised and how we believe an individual should “look”. We judge because of peer pressure and social norms. Maybe this is or isn’t intentional but either way the individual affected is not only offended but this type of stigma destroys the individual’s emotional health and self-image.

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Hey Fat People! You Have a Disease!

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If your fat, you now have a disease. Yep its true! The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that anyone with a BMI of 30 or higher has a disease. Wow! As if the majority of people aren’t depressed enough merely being overweight, now you have a disease. Notice I did not use the word obese as I cannot stand that word; I prefer overweight.

I have to rant about this as I am one of those that woke up one day with this “disease”. For those of you that has never had issues with weight , you will not understand why this affects approximately 80 million Americans (this includes children). Here is, as Clint Eastwood would say; the good, the bad, and the ugly of this issue.

The Good

All individuals struggling with weight issues can see his or her doctor and insurance will have to pay for any treatment weight related. This is great news when in the past weight related procedures have not been covered and patients would have to pay for expenses out of pocket.

This also means that all lines of business cannot be discriminatory against individuals who are overweight. Equivocate this to what lines of business have to adhere to for individuals with disabilities. Can anyone say lawsuit if otherwise?

The Bad

A lot of politicians and physicians endorsed the labeling because he or she owns stock in “certain” big pharma companies and wouldn’t you know it; they (big pharma) just happen to be ready to prescribe you a few new drugs to help you in your weight loss journey. I mean you have a disease and big pharma wants to “help” you achieve this by giving you drugs that will surely help you loose weight. However, because of these drugs you now have other issues. But hey, your skinny now so what does it matter that you now have permanent heart issues? (yes being sarcastic here).

The Ugly

Now we get to the ugly part. You know in the movie, this was the thief; the one who could not be trusted. Well LOL trust is the key here. The AMA believes that the people of the USA should trust their judgement in helping our country get healthier. Are you kidding me? A lot of these physicians have no experience in weight related anything let alone much of a nutritional education. Click on the links as the research has been done as to what kind of “education” physicians have when it comes to nutrition education.

Oh and don’t forget that there is a teeny tiny thing you had better pay attention too whether your skinny or fat. You will be accountable to your kids health too. Because children do not know the value of good nutrition unless taught otherwise, parents will have to ensure that their children are not overweight. I guess this means no more every other night pizza deliveries for the family or no more excuses of “I don’t have time to cook, lets just go to Micky D’s”. Don’t say you have not been warned!

Conclusion

To be fair, our government/physicians/big pharma are attempting to help individuals who are seriously overweight. But you can bet one if not all three are going to profit because YOU are overweight. Here is some lifestyle changes I am currently doing to lose weight safely.

1. Get rid of fast food and anything processed.

2. Eat less (only what you can fit into the palm of your hand).

3. Drink LOTS of water.

LINKS:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-berardi-phd/ama-obesity-disease_b_3479179.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/23011804