I used to know this lady named Barb. She was a friend of the family. We actually called her “Big Barb.” Hers is a long sad story. She worked in the dietary department of a local hospital. At one point she became roommates with my mother. During that time her weight ballooned up to over 400 pounds and she was only a little over five feet tall.
She always said she couldn’t see why she was gaining so much weight. In her mind she didn’t eat enough to keep a bird alive. But in reality, according to my mother, she ate a lot. My mom cooked most of her meals for her and mom said that she consumed enormous portions.
When Barb moved out of the apartment that she and my mother shared, they had to replace the floor in the bedroom where she had gouged out large ruts on the floor when she turned over in bed. It cost a lot of money. But she still continued to gain weight.
The last I heard about Big Barb, she had been forced to quit her job of 35 years at the hospital and retire on disability because she had developed severe arthritis in her knees from all that weight. She was also confined to a wheelchair and could not get up and down the flight of steps at her new apartment and had to move into a home.
Are you obese? Does it seem like no matter what you do you just can’t seem to lose any weight? Well, don’t feel alone. We are rapidly becoming a nation of fat people, one of the fattest on earth.
According to Medical News Today: “American society has become “obesogenic” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): their latest report shows that nine states now report more than 30 percent of adults are obese, yet it was only ten years ago that no state had a 30 percent or more rate of obesity in its adult population.”
‘On its Obesity webpage, the CDC describes American society as “obesogenic”, where people live in environments that promote over-eating, unhealthy food, and physical inactivity.”
That’s right. The American way of life promotes obesity. Obese babies are called “cute” because they have all that adorable baby fat. The thing is those fat cells will stay with that person for the rest of his or her life. They will never go away.
We are also encouraged to placate ourselves with food when we get older. How many times have I seen a mother giving her baby fast food French fries? Some fast food places even rub the fries inside of infant’s mouths to see their reaction to them. We live in an obese culture and only we can get our children on the road to healthy eating and daily exercise at a young point in their lives.