Thin people diagnosing fat people
One of my major pet peeves is when a thin person tries to diagnose why I’m fat. I find that most of these people have been thin their whole lives; they’ve never had to deal with their weight. The ones who brag about what great shape they’re in are my favorite. If I were 120 pounds, I could run, too.
This starts in high school. After I skipped my breakfast and ate my 150 calorie lunch, I would have to listen to someone give me weight loss advice as she or he was wolfing down Taco Bell. Then, when I was in college, I would be living off of lime jello and lima beans. These same people were giving me advice as they were eating their footlong sub and 16 ounce soda. Now, I read their advice in newspapers. Don’t even get me started on the comments section.
I was reading an article in the New York Times today about obesity:
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the New York Times. I just get tired of skinny people trying to diagnose fat people. Basically, the article says that if you are overweight as a child, you will be obese as an adult. No one knows how to cure childhood obesity.
No one ever considers the fact that our ancestors all come from different areas of the planet. I am part African American and part Native American. Neither of my native cultures eats wheat or high amounts of other carbohydrates like what is found in the American diet. Our culture pushes bread and pasta as healthy. It is also a cheap form of food. High sugar foods are available in large quantities everywhere. It makes sense that those of us that hail from cultures that do not consume large amounts of carbohydrates would have a hard time processing those carbohydrates. I wish I knew that when I was younger.
When I was younger, I would eat small amounts of whole grains all day. I virtually eliminated fat. That was what was supposed to be good for me. Meanwhile, I would dream about steak fat and butter and think that I was weak-minded. Perhaps, my body was telling me what I was not eating enough fat in my low fat diet. I could gain weight easily–even when controlling my portions.
I was not alone. I know lots of other overweight people that are doing the same thing. We eat what we are “supposed” to eat. Then our bodies crave the foods that our bodies need. Why do we ignore our bodies and listen to some magic pyramid? By the way, studies show that since the FDA pyramid was released, the country has been slowly getting fatter.
Are my ideas radical? No, not really. There has been a lot of talk about nutritional typing. I know that I am the protein type. If you look at a list of foods that are good for the protein type, I craved or dreamt about every single one every time I was on a Weight Watchers diet. By not eating the foods that fueled my body, I was destined to fail.
Now, when I realized that I wasn’t designed to eat pasta, I was relieved. I never liked spaghetti or pasta salad anyway. I ate them out of some kind of obligation. They were fat free, after all.
I guess my point is that we should learn to listen to our bodies and not a bunch of people that have no idea what it is to be fat. Except when your body craves sugar. Don’t eat that. It’s like a drug. I think that we spend too much time trying to use “willpower” when our bodies are trying to tell us that we need something.
The worst part? All of these skinny experts are telling us what we should be eating. And the more we eat like they tell us, the bigger we get.