No pity for the obese

Ana Castellanos

Some critics and lawyers say that the food industry is making it difficult to make healthy choices. In reality, is there someone in particular to blame for the obesity of an individual?

I am fed up with people who support obesity.

A perfect example is Tyra Banks. Did she really need to gain an extra 40 pounds to gain new fans? She has always stressed the importance of bodily confidence, but now she’s telling us that the only way to have confidence is by being overweight, and being okay about it?

It’s hard to support her opinion or anyone who is overweight, feels bad for themselves, and wont do anything about it.

We make the choices of what goes in our mouths, so stop your lawsuits against fast-food restaurants, stop blaming them for making people “obese”, because that’s just ridiculous.

Adult obesity is becoming more common, according to the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). 31 states have a 20 to one obesity rate, with California being the 36-“fattest” state in the nation (www.medicalnewstoday.com).

Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, find out the facts about the health issues that are caused by not eating healthy, and being overweight.

Heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for a short time during sleep) and asthma are just a few of the health issues a person who is overweight or obese may have to deal with. Doctors generally agree that the more obese a person is the more likely he or she is to have health problems.

People who are 20 percent or more overweight can gain significant health benefits from losing weight.

So I suggest picking healthier eating habits, and by this I don’t mean go starve yourself, or throw up your food. Get up and exercise, stop sitting on your laurels.

Because I am a strong believer of “if you truly want it, you can achieve it”.

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