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Don't Be Part of The Fat Statistic

Don't Be Part of The Fat Statistic

As a country, we are getting fatter and fatter day by day.

Alarming reports claim that if people keep gaining weight at the current rate, fat will be the norm by 2015, with 75 percent of U.S. adults overweight and 41 percent obese.

Sad to say, but this news does not shock me as much as it probably should. Hopefully reading FitSugar has got you all motivated enough to not become part of the 75 percent. It's all up to us and I know we've got it in us to get moving and eating right so in eight years we're not part of that awful statistic. Or even better, let's work to eliminate that number altogether.


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cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
well tralala i know this, i landed a great job, but i am treated differently now that i am there. it isn't my personality, and i am pretty, so what else could it be? it isn't some fantastic necklace that is beaing stared out, i dont' normally wear jewlry...i am unsubscribing now because i will just argue with everyone.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
Cravinsugar, if you think you won't get the job, you won't get it. If you go in, dressed fantastically, and significantly more kick-ass than the other applicants, you'll do well. Yeah, you might have to work harder, and have incredible references, but weight shouldn't decide whether or not you get the job, and with me, it never has. I don't think it's different in Canada than it is down there, you just have to really want it.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
tralala, you are awesome! :) i know this is a touchy subject for so many people, and i think all of us have things that make us feel bad about ourselves but i agree with trala, lets make this a place where we feel supported! i'm not skinny, i'm not fat, i'm not even chunky, i'm just plain NORMAL. but still, i feel overweight! I think it's just a matter of letting society get to you or not. I realized the other day that I need to work out for me (I'm guilty of working out to get skinny to get a bf) and if a guy will only date me if i'm super skinny then he's not for me. Normal (size 8/10) is totally fine and I should work on being *healthy*, not skinny vs. fat. Just like CravinSugar said...lets start focusing on healthy and unhealthy!!! :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
And, in my college classes, i was taught that fat people won't get the job when compared to a skinny person. And i know someone who lost 100 pounds, she said she is treated differently now than she was before. I don't know...maybe things in Canada are different?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I appreciate your point of view tralalala. I have not had the same experience however.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
cravinsugar, I don't think she meant that you should actually be afraid of fat people, as much as you should be afraid of the lifestyle associated with it. Before I say this, I just want to point out that this is not a personal attack in anyway; I think you're looking at things the wrong way. You've been really defensive in all of your comments on here, when really, you don't have to be. The point of FitSugar is to help maintain/acheive a healthier lifestyle, and maybe it was a poor choice of titles haha, but it's an article to bring attention to the fact that North America (I'm Canadian, and it's going on here too) is gaining weight. I know I'm fat, and I know if I go out anywhere, I'm going to see a lot more fat people haha (except in downtown Vancouver, where apparently no one over a size 6 exists. it's kind of scary.). It's a real problem, and I think it's good that it's getting more attention. I've never had issues making friends, the last time I saw someone staring at me, I ran into them later that night and apparently they were obssessed with a necklace I was wearing (which was pretty fabulous, for the record), I've always had the problem of people sitting next to me on public transit even if there are other seats available (I have a working theory that people think fat people are non-threatening...or that if some sort of predator gets onto the train/bus it will go after me because I'm slower prey or something), and I've never had problems getting jobs in an industry that is pretty much 100% how you present yourself, and networking. I know I need to lose weight, and I am, and I've found that everyone I know is really supportive. I think if you stop seeing the reports on obesity as a negative, and start using them as motivation to get healthier, you'll notice a change right away. And I think you'll notice people will treat you differently if you treat yourself differently. Sorry this comes off as preachy and ranty haha, I'm going to stop commenting on this topic now, but if you have any questions, or need any support or anything, just send me a message
nhancieh522 nhancieh522 10 years a chubby person, though i dont reside at america, many filipinos are also kinda fat or lets say have excess baggages around their waist. i dont know, can you help me lose some weight?
laurarose520 laurarose520 10 years
I'm not surprised. We already hit the milestone of having the first generation of kids who are expected to live less than their parents. Something has to be done.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years That is a link to a group i just created for people who are sick and tired of being made to feel bad about themselveds for being too thin or too fat. You can come and vent, blog, about anything you like, and find good support.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
The problem is fiestygirl, the stigma placed on obesity by the media, hollywood, society in general, os negative. That it shouled be feared. not because of medical reasons, but vanity. It isn't cool. No one wants to be obese, and no one wants to have obese friends. People stare. I have to admit, yes, losing weight is hard, but i am sure i am not the only obese person to find myself in a vicious cycle of wanting to change, seeing these reports, being unhappy, then being treated differently at work, in public, anywhere because i am big, and then dealing with it in ways that are negative to losing weight. and being healthy. Obesity shouldn't be feared. That is a totally ignorant way of looking at obesity. Obese people should want to be healthy, but i know a few or are just fine the way they are. sure, they know they are obese, but thay are happy with themselves. I am not one of those people, but why should they be made to dislike themselves, and fear themselves? based off of what you have said, i should be afraid to be myself. horrible. that is the view 75% or more of society has, and that is why no one wants to sit beside me on the bus or train, even though there is room. that is why none of my cowrokers want to socialize with me at company events. and that my friend, isn't fair, in fact, it is discriminating. being "racist" but toward body type. and that should be looked down upon as much as racism, since it has the same negative impact on the person.
fiestygirl fiestygirl 10 years
Studying obesity is important in PREVENTING cancer...especially since we have not been successful in curing it. I do not think obese people should be stereotyped or feared/hated. However, obesity itself should be feared. Just as smoking, drug addiction etc should, they are all high-risk lifestyles. While I understand that it is very difficult to lose weight, I do not believe that any obese person thinks that it is healthy and they should strive to achieve a healthier lifestyle...and if that means losing weight, that is secondary.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
maybe if the media used the terms "healthy" and "unhealthy" insteade of "fat" and "skinny" people would think that...
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
i wish people would realize its NOT about be "fat" or "skinny" its about being healthy and unhealthy.
sinsational sinsational 10 years
It's not about rubbing fat in their faces it's about sending motivation for them to try to be healthier.
justanotherjane justanotherjane 10 years
ChickonSpeed- I second the Junk Food Science blog. I don't buy this whole 'obesity epidemic' either. But I'm recovered from an eating disorder which unfortunately is always making me still afraid about getting fat. It's hard. I know the fat phobia is total bullshit, but in a way it's reaffirming to the disordered part of my brain to always have it shoved in my face that thin is healthy and virtuous and fat is evil. (many of my eating disordered habits were lauded as impressive and healthy and good by others who didn't see the whole picture). After I started to really objectively take note of these implications, I started to feel like the entire country is eating disordered.
posenmud posenmud 10 years
oh, I do believe that Americia is fat. All we eat is fast food. I'm working all of the time, and don't have as much time to cook. I am also a really bad cook. I have some flab on my belly, mostly from having 3 babies, but I really want a healthier lifestyle. We exercize as a family with walks and bike rides, and we do fun stuff, like putt putt golf, and fishing.I just want a healthy family, and if it takes getting out of bed at 8 in the morning during the summer, then so be it. I don't want to become a statistic and I don't want that for the ones I love either.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
oh, and it's not always the parents fault, but I think a lot of the time it is. I love my mom, and I know she did the best she could with the money she had, but I think I would have turned out differently had I learned healthy eating and the importance of exercize when I was younger. Now my mom has been making an effort to be healthier, and so has my sister so it's been working out well. It's not like I'm aspiring to be a size 0, I just want to be in better shape, and hopefully live a long time as a result.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
cravinsugar, I agree with some of what you said, but the fact is that obesity has been linked to cause some cancers, as well as LOTS of other diseases. Don't get me wrong, I'm not skinny by any means haha, but the media talking about it has actually lead me to do more research into what I was eating, and as a result, I'm getting a lot healthier, and losing weight. And on the subject of gym class not being that effective; I HATED gym when I was in school. When gym class became optional, I stopped taking it. Now that I'm out of school, I really wish it hadn't been optional. I think it would have made working out now a lot easier. And say what you will about it, but I know the kids who took gym every year (some times because their parents made them) are in much better shape than those who were like me, and quit. So try not to take the posts about weight loss as a personal attack. Fitsugar is all about encouraging people to be healthy. Realizing that being fat isn't healthy is what helped me to make necessary changes. Oh, and on a side note, imLissywas right. I know it's hard to find cute plus size clothing too (I'm lucky that there are some fantastic locally owned places out here) but stores like Old Navy have changed the way they size their clothes to cater to people being fatter. My best friend is about a size 4, but she can only wear size 0's from there haha. And it's almost impossible to find clothes that are between size 8 and 14, a lot of normal stores only go up to 8, and plus size stores usually start at a size 14.
Chickonspeed Chickonspeed 10 years
@cravingsugar : I do totally agree with you. Sorry, but this original post is sooo fat-phobic, as some of the comments, spreading the "official" arguments against fat people. Yeah, I know, it's easy to jump on the fat hate band-waggon that study facts. You wanna go beyond false assumptions ? check the or Kate Harding's "Shapely Prose", and last but not least blog: "Junkfood Science." I have a lot of links (articles, websites...) and reading lists for those really interested in understanding this issue. So, do not hesitate to contact me if you need them to fight back prejudices and bigotry. A final word : I agree that being fit can be important, but beyond that (and not forgetting that one can be fit and fat - healthy people come in a variety of sizes),true happiness does not depends on a number on the scale.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
my mom provided us with the best she could, and i was skinny until my last 2 years of high school. so, it isn't necessarily the parent's faults....
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
One more then I am done; I love how everyone approaches obesity like obese people don't have feelings about it. Like obese people must be unhappy so lets rub ijn their faces how dire their situation is. Lets make them want to take drastic measures even to get it off as fast as possible even though the onloy way to really do it is as slow as hell and discouraging. Then lets bring it up every month or so, in all the major media outlets, so the obese people can never forget they are obese and actually be happy. :rant: :mob:
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Hey ImLissy: I can't find well made plus size clothing. Everything is a size 8 or below. Guess we should switch geographic locations so we can each find the kind of clothing we want to buy. I know i can only go to 1 or 2 stores in the mall. Well, maybe that's a good thing that will come out of all this...I can get some cute clothes even though i am fat...right now i feel like no one makes cute fat clothes to punish fat people.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
And real quick: physical education in school is not aerobically effective. You play a game for 20 minutes. 2 or 3 times a week...that's with a budget. a game that normally consists of standing in line half the time.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
This is ridiculous. How about we start studying more ways to try and cure cancer insteased of studying how fat evveryone is? :rant: :mob:
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
People need to stop. No one in my family is obese but a few of them are a little overweight. I'm the skinniest person in my family but I have to work really hard and I pile on pounds easily. My brother rides his bike everynight and my parents go for walks. I think a huge factor with childhood obesity is the fact that budget cuts at school dropped Physical Education. They figure it's the least important and kids get little to no heart-pumping activity at school. That happened when I was in middle school 10 years ago. Now look at what they've done.
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