During the past twenty years a subtle lie has pervaded many modern cultures. This lie has caused people with weight problems to accept their condition as normal and even beautiful.
People with severe weight problems have been lied to and told that it’s OK to be overweight and even obese, under the guise of maintaining their self esteem and making them feel better about themselves.
Now, before you get upset with me for writing this, please give me a few minutes of your time to help you understand why I say this and why it’s not mean to say, as you might think it is.
Being overweight or obese is a health risk. The more overweight we are, the more we put ourselves at risk for things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and a long list of other serious conditions that can ultimately claim our health and then our lives.
Yes… being overweight can make you dead. Not very comforting, is it? But it’s true!
Sadly, in lieu of educating people about the dangers of being overweight, people have dreamed up nice, sweet-sounding phrases such as “BBW” (Big Beautiful Woman), overlooking a person’s weight/health problem and soothing their emotions to make them feel better about themselves.
And this has become a multi-billion $$ industry, catering to people who are overweight, instead of educating them about the dangers of their lifestyle of overeating and teaching them to do something about it.
Let me get something straight. I am not against people who are overweight. I am not against people who are obese. I was overweight myself. I may not have reached the point of being obese, but I was definitely overweight.
I know how I got there. I ate too much and ate things that were unhealthy. I didn’t get enough exercise. Who’s fault was it? Mine. Nobody else’s but mine. I don’t care how many different ways people try to dress it up and make it seem like it’s OK, it wasn’t OK. I had gotten fat. Period.
I’m not afraid to admit that I was fat. Admitting it was the eye opener that got me to do something about it and lose the weight that was slowly starting to wreak havoc with my health. Had I not admitted it, I would still be chowing down on whatever I wanted to eat and gaining even more weight, slowly killing myself with food.
Are you overweight? Have you reached the point of being obese? If you are, who do you blame? Think about it. How did it happen? Did it just come upon you overnight while you slept? If you’re like everyone else, it didn’t happen like that at all. It happened over a long period of time, as you overate, ate things that were bad for you and you didn’t get enough exercise, if any at all.
OK. So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way and you know where I stand about being overweight or obese, let’s talk some more about the big lie that we’ve been sold.
It starts with people telling us that we look good and that we’re beautiful on the inside, no matter how we think we look. It starts with people telling us that we’re OK when we mention anything about our weight. Tiny seeds are planted in our minds to convince us that it’s OK to be overweight and unhealthy.
But we feel terrible. We know we need to lose weight. We can feel the extra weight that’s become a part of our physical body, and how it drags us down. But when we mention anything about looking too big or needing to lose some weight, people try to make us feel better and tell us that it’s OK.
Whether they know it or not, they’re hurting us by telling us this. They’re handing us a lie to make us feel better, or to keep from hurting our feelings, and they’re keeping us on the path to destruction with their sugar-coated, well-intentioned words.
And when we add in all of the marketing hype that’s been getting shoved down our throats for the last 10-15 years about being big and beautiful, we’re being setup to fail. And the end result of failing is not good. It is poor health and possibly even worse.
So at this point, I hope you’re still reading this. If you are, it means that you care enough about your health to do something about it. It means that you’re not afraid to face the truth and take charge of your health and change the way you eat and the amount of exercise you get.
It also means that you will no longer buy the lies that are being fed to you. You won’t sit by and tolerate all of the sales hype that’s being waved in your face, trying to convince you to buy a specific brand of clothing that’s designed for people who are overweight, trying to make you feel better about yourself in order to get you to buy their stuff.
Don’t buy the lie and don’t buy the stuff they’re trying to sell you. Stand up, take control and start making changes right now. The hardest part is getting started. The hardest part is drowning out all of the hype and marketing that we’re being inundated with and taking that first step.
But you can do it. You can change your life. You can lose the weight. You can take back control of your health. You can lose the weight that has tried to overtake your life.
Think about it. Think about the lies you’ve been fed. Think about how these companies have betrayed you just to try to get you to buy their over-sized clothing. Does it make you angry? It should!
You’ve been sold a bill of goods in an effort to take your money. You’ve been deceived in an effort to keep you overweight, solely to make sure that you can never wear the clothing sizes that you should be wearing. It’s all about money.
So now it’s time to stop letting them shove their marketing down your throat.
Today’s the day. Make a decision to change your eating habits and lose that weight that’s dragging you down.
Make a choice and then learn what it takes to get started with your weight loss.
It’s not too late. You can do this.
Keep it lean.
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