I am a shriveled FAT MAN.
What. The Hell. Does that mean? Fat cells never go away. You can shrink them, but they NEVER go away. They are just waiting for a few extra calories to soak in. To grab onto. To hoard. It’s like they are one of those sponge dinosaurs that you pop into water and it grows to five time its original size. Your fat cells are just waiting. So, I am a shriveled Fat Man.
At Strong Weight Loss, We don’t fat shame… We don’t discourage body acceptance. We focus on health.
Does this fact make it ok for me to fat shame? Absolutely not. If anything, the fact that I KNOW how hard it is to lose the weight and to keep it off makes me, kinder; more understanding. Do I fat shame? No. Do I judge? I’m human, so sometimes yes. Do I get annoyed with people refusing to lose weight and waving the “Body Acceptance” banner? I’d be lying if I said, “no.” So the answer is a firm, “Sometimes.”
Where I’ve been, where I was heading, and what I’ve seen along the way will, hopefully, explain where I am going with all of this.
I was Fat. I was tired of being fat, so when I was 35, I lost weight. Since then, as an ICU doc, I’ve seen a whole lot of bad things happen to people who are unhealthy BECAUSE of their weight. About a month ago, I took care of a 38 year old man who had died because of a heart attack. He was brought back to life and actually walked out of the hospital, but the cause of his heart attack was ultimately his OBESITY. He was about as overweight as I was at my heaviest. That incident reaffirmed that I had done a good thing losing weight. And that I am doing a good thing by helping others lose weight.
The Downside of Body Acceptance
Here is my pet peeve with the whole body acceptance thing – Obesity rarely kills you quickly. After taking care of the guy above, I had noted that for 5 years he had signs of metabolic syndrome (which occurs primarily in overweight people). He was placed on a cholesterol medicine, a Statin, to prevent a heart attack, his cholesterol numbers improved and he was considered a “Statin Success” He was told to lose weight, but wasn’t given the tools to succeed and never did – His metabolic syndrome was not treated and it nearly cost him his life. While overweight people may be “happy with their body image” their body is slowly killing them. And by the time you notice, it’s too late.
So before you Accept Your Body in all its glory, ask yourself this question, “Am I ready to Die for my body?” If the answer is no, then do something. At the minimum – get checked out by a weight loss specialist. A (good) weight loss specialist is not going to just buff the numbers, but will help you make a meaningful change.
At Strong Weight Loss, We don’t fat shame. We don’t discourage body acceptance – it’s important to feel good about yourself. We focus on health. We’ve seen plenty of people who are happy with their body image, are still significantly overweight and who have improved there health with a modest weight loss. Remember, getting healthy doesn’t mean getting skinny. Often a 10% weight loss will do wonders to improve ones health.
How do you find a good weight loss Doc? Check out Strong Weight Loss or Look online for someone who is board certified in Obesity medicine.