myths of obesity

1.  “All fat people wish they were thinner.”

Emotionally healthy people accept themselves at whatever weight, shape and size that they are.  Some obese people eat healthy foods and exercise regularly and have learned to accept they are what they are.  
It should NOT be about the number!

2.  “I would be happy if I could just lose ___ pounds.”

Happiness is a state of mind.  Weight loss is a state of body.  
Though we try, they are not connected.
You will be healthier if your weight is normal!

There is a 40-50% lower risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, all cancers, and Alzheimer’s for those people who regularly exercise.

3.  “All obese persons eat too much.”

Many obese persons SKIP meals, which only makes them hungrier in the evening when their activity level and metabolism is lower. 

Inadequate protein intake during the day also leads to carbohydrate craving later on. Carbohydrates are higher in calories and lead to diabetes, fatty liver and elevated triglycerides. This includes breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, cookies, and snacks that come in bags. Studies have shown weight maintenance and maximum energy best achieved with 30 grams of protein for breakfast!

4.  “Fat people are lazy.  They just need to get out and exercise.”

It is not that simple.  Many obese persons loathe exercise, not unlike others who loathe reading or doing puzzles. It is very difficult to do something daily that you really dislike.

5.  “I can’t help it, it’s genetic.”

Body shape is genetic.   Skeletal size and weight is genetic.  Emotional stressors that trigger overeating might be able to be passed via epigenetics. 
Socialized eating patterns are not.  Food availability is not.   
A healthy diet of protein and vegetables and high fiber carbohydrates can be expensive and is difficult to obtain in food pantries. 

6.  “Bariatric surgery is the easy way to lose weight.”

You may be able to lose weight and keep it off after bariatric surgery, but there is nothing easy about having to drink 64 oz of water a day, having unpredictable taste buds, and the pain of surgery and recovery.  A person must still commit to careful eating and daily exercise for the rest of their life, even after the surgery.

7.  “If an obese person could see how fat they really were, they would eat less.”

Most obese persons are VERY aware that they are overweight and what their body shape is like. Even when they return to a healthier weight, they often still do not like their body (or themselves), which is a major reason that people began to overeat in the first place.

8.  “Fat and happy.”

Though it does exist, many obese persons have been fighting depression, anxiety, or PTSD symptoms since childhood.  Loved and accepted people can be happy no matter what size they are.

9.  “Once fat, always fat.

Not true. Often, once grown up and away from the unhealthy eating and exercise patterns of their families, their weight normalizes.  Also, once away from abusive situations and surrounded by supportive, loving significant others, emotional issues driving unhealthy eating patterns can be resolved with therapy.