I don’t want to embarrass anyone who is fat. Nor am I here to criticize, insult or accuse. Quite the opposite. I’m here to help, and I know firsthand how difficult it is to lose excess weight and how self-conscious we can be when we’re overweight.But in fact, it is politically correct today celebrate Obesity is a dangerous bridge. Love and truth force us to speak.
The beauty of obesity? !
What prompted me to solve this problem now is tweet From Dr. Jordan Peterson, in which he says “the epidemic of coercive political correctness stupidity continues”, citing a New York Post Douglas Murray’s article “Shows the ‘beauty’ of obesity”.
Murray’s article, published May 19, is titled, “Talking about America’s Deadly Obesity Risk? Chances Are Big.”
He starts by saying, “Is fat fun? What is that? metropolis Magazine claimed in February 2021. This month’s cover features a morbidly obese woman looking happy while trying out some acrobatics. Caption: “It’s healthy! 11 women on why health doesn’t have to be cookie-cutter.'”
The timing couldn’t be worse. After all, this is during a time when the coronavirus has led to a global lockdown. One of the things we’ve known about this virus for a long time is that one of the main factors in hospitalizations and even death is whether a patient is obese. In the often confusing times of COVID, few are clearer. Nearly 80% of Americans hospitalized with COVID are obese. Just as being obese puts you at particular risk of contracting the virus, losing weight also reduces your chances of being hospitalized. “
my own weight battle
If I hadn’t completely changed my lifestyle in 2014 (all by God’s grace and help), from 275 lbs to 180 lbs, I doubt I would still be alive today. in less than 8 months. It’s not by dieting, it’s me getting rid of all unhealthy food and eating only healthy food, no exceptions, no deviations.
My life has undergone a fundamental, dramatic, and wondrous transformation, and until now, at 67, I am thriving in every way, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It feels great to be slim and fit, especially when you used to be fat like me.
But I’m not fat because I’m a glutton. I’m obese (or, at other times, just overweight) because I’ve eaten unhealthy foods my whole life, back in my childhood when I had four Oreo cookies for breakfast. Then I discovered New York pizza when I was 15. No wonder I’ve been a chocoholic (and sometimes, pizza mania!) for most of my life, unable to lose weight. Being a disciplined but unhealthy eater is not a rule of thumb for life.
Risk of obesity: death
According to the WebMD website, obesity-related health risks include: heart disease and stroke; high blood pressure; diabetes; some cancers; gallbladder disease and gallstones; osteoarthritis; gout; breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma.
In other words, obesity tends to lead to premature death. As bestselling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman put it, we are “digging our own grave with a knife and fork”. Why on earth are we celebrating?
In 2016, Dr. Fuhrman noted, “Studies presented at the American Heart Association meeting link sugar-sweetened beverage consumption to hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide — 180,000 deaths annually.”
However, despite the health risks, these beverages are a regular part of many of our diets.
He also wrote this in 2016 (it’s only gotten worse since then):
The standard American diet is harming our children, putting them at a much higher risk of chronic disease than previous generations. Data from a survey of thousands of American teens reports sobering news about the health of our nation’s youth.
The researchers found that 49 percent of overweight teens and 37 percent of normal-weight teens had one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including diabetes, high LDL cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Twenty-three percent of teens have prediabetes or diabetes—a number that has more than doubled in the past decade. Twenty-two percent of teens had high or borderline LDL cholesterol levels. 14% of teens had hypertension or prehypertension.
Another recent study followed US children for 24 years and found that childhood obesity was the greatest risk factor for premature death from chronic diseases.
As for the percentage of Americans who are obese today, the number is sobering and worrying. As the CDC reports, “Between 2017 and March 2020, the prevalence of obesity in the United States was 41.9%.
From 1999-2000 to March 2017-2020, the prevalence of obesity in the United States increased from 30.5% to 41.9%. At the same time, the prevalence of severe obesity rose from 4.7% to 9.2%.
Obesity-related diseases include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable premature death.
In 2019 dollars, the annual cost of obesity care in the United States is estimated to be close to $173 billion. Medical costs for obese adults were $1,861 higher than for healthy-weight individuals. “
Please, let’s not glorify obesity
Again, I don’t want to embarrass anyone who is fat. I am not here to humiliate or throw stones of condemnation. Your weight does not determine your inner identity or the quality of your character, some of you are desperately trying to stay in shape but have tried everything and failed. My heart really goes out to you.
But carrying that extra weight around is always detrimental. always. It is often fatal.
Let’s not glorify obesity or celebrate it. It’s really disgusting to do this – in every way.
(If you need some help on your weight loss journey, check out our book on the subject.)
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the moderator of the National Syndicate FireWire radio program.His latest book is Revival or we die: The Great Awakening is our only hope. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.