|FAAAAAAAT! ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod.......|
A week ago I talked with an individual who, after lap band surgery, lost a ton of weight. Pre op, there was not a lot of work on diet or exercise behaviour, but post op "Ben" became very active and chiseled his way down to what would medically be determined as "healthy". Unfortunately, for Ben, and only 1% of those who opt for this type of operation, there was an accumulation of scar tissue around the small opening into his stomach and at this point, he was slowly wasting away to nothing. It was hard to keep anything down, he could hardly drink water, and there was no telling how his body would react to anything...it was a crap shoot at every meal. And here's where it gets absolutely, jaw dropping, make me almost want to cry, shocking....his surgeon didn't want to reverse the procedure because "Ben" had become a "success" story. Ben had gone from what is medically determined as "obese" to almost emaciated. The sick part of this story is "Ben's" success was all because he wasn't eating.
Our fear of fat and shaming of obesity is making us sick. Not only in the head, but in the stomach.
Here's another for ya....
In San Antonio, Texas an elementary school has become a part of a study looking at the "real life" eating habits of kids as it relates to their childhood obesity rate of 40%. The kids are given a bar code and are required to have their cafeteria trays photographed before and after their meal to assess their food choices and how much they eat. With a US $2million dollar grant, this study will hope to affect the food choices of the kids..........does anyone else think this is the stupidest waste of money since Oprah bought everyone a car on her show? Dontcha think that that $2million dollars might be better spent educating kids and parents on healthy eating choices or funding a school cafeteria program based upon healthy eating or a physical activity program that may lead to life long fitness?? Really? Anyone? Not to mention the potential for shaming and embarrassment for the kids. Eating disorder and self loathing......table 2!
From people risking their lives, to schools outlawing soda and junk food in the name of fatty fears...I think we have lossed all sense of reality and what's right and wrong. Instead of placing this fear in our children, focus on the positives of activity and eating well. Instead of suiting up a school with high tech equipment meant to observe and study (not unlike something George Orwell might write about) include an education program for parents on the importance of role modeling and healthy lifestyle choices. I'm telling ya, if you get the buy in from parents (through their own healthy lifestyle change) the chances are pretty good the kids will follow. Of course I do have to attend to the fact that where you live, how much education and money you have do make a difference.
|Fat kids in the media are usually stereotyped as overweight adults are. It is assumed they are overeaters with a penchant for chocolate, chips, or hamburgers (mmmmmmm......hamburgers) as was the case in the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.|
I tip my hat off to all the anti-obesity campaigns everywhere. You sure have had an influence.
Besides a headache and a broken heart, that's all I have for now.