PS: Obviously this post is not intended towards the genetically obese or those with hormonal deficiencies. So grow up and don’t get your knickers in a twist about this.
This is a complex topic and I don’t think one long post will do justice. So in order to properly cover the topic, I’ll split this into a few parts.
Now I’m sure you know damn well what the risks of being overweight are. Well, if you don’t then here ya go. Knock yourself out.
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers, such as endometrial, breast, and colon
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides (dyslipidemia)
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Degeneration of cartilage and underlying bone within a joint (Osteoarthritis)
- Reproductive health complications
In case you didn’t fully understand it, let me break this down for you – If you are fat, you have the risk of…
- dying much earlier than your skinny friends
But even though you know this you don’t give a rat’s ass about it do you? I mean, come on! If I told you there is a bomb in your building, you’d freakin run your fat ass as far as you can… but if I told you you’re going to die early ‘cos of your fat ass, you don’t take me seriously! Hmmm maybe it’s ‘cos brown dudes and bombs are a more believable combo than brown dudes and fitness advice. That’s a post for another day.
But why is an early death not a scary enough reason to make a change?
I spent a good chunk of time thinking about this and it seems the problem with all these serious risks associated with being overweight is that none of them hurt instantly. None of the risks I mentioned above actually hit you in the face. They don’t scare you enough to make you shit your pants! Know what I mean? Sure overweight/obese people have more heart attacks, but you don’t see moderately fat guys dropping dead on the street everyday. This gives you the false hope that nothing is really wrong with you.
May be there are other consequence?
What if I told you every day every person you meet is trying to tell you that you are fat and that you need to take action? You think I’m messing with you? Not one bit.
- You look great when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning… but truth is… you still look like a tub of lard.
- People lie to you on your face when you wear new clothes. True story.
- People judge you when you eat.
- The waiters laugh at you behind your back. Again, true story.
- When you sit, anywhere from 10-100% of people in the room look at your bulging belly (depending on your level of fatness).
- People are laughing inside their heads when you say you’re going to workout.
- People are ROTFL inside their heads when you say you’re going on a diet.
- You spend more on food. You spend more on medicine. You spend more on unused gym memberships.
- More often that not, you end up in the ‘friends zone’.
- Colleagues/friends pause before they ask you ‘Do you want to join us for a run?’.
- Your son/daughter says ‘You need to go on a diet!’.
- You are embarrassed and out of breath when you chase your son/daughter around the house.
How do I know all this? Been there. Done that.
How is this post even helpful?
Well, next time you find yourself in any of these situations, remember this post. Calculate the amount of money you spent on medicines and doctor visits in the last year. Count the number of times you caught the flu. Think of the number of times climbing a flight of stairs left you panting.
Realizing you are fat or weak or unhealthy (or all of these) is the first step towards a healthier life. Once you realize this, it is a lot easier to do something about it.
What can you do about it?
That’s the topic for the next post in this series.
In the meanwhile share your experiences. What similar situations do you or did you encounter? Which ones made you realize that you had to make a change? Share it and help other folks make the connection.