Scary Facts About Fat

Every day we hear new and scary facts about fat. I’m not sure that some of those facts are indeed facts, but rather opinions.

I would like to share my facts and opinions about fat.

Opinion: Fat will kill you. Fact: Life will kill you.

Fat might kill some people, but more people won’t die because of fat. One thing for sure is everybody who lives will die regardless of how much fat they carry on their bodies or how much fat they eat.

Opinion: Fat makes you ugly. Fact: What you project makes you ugly. 

Some people would call Queen Latifah fat. Maybe so, but her beauty in undeniable. Her beauty, just like anybody’s beauty isn’t about body weight. Beauty is an attitude. A beautiful spirit makes a person more attractive than the size of the jeans that person wears.

Opinion: Fat people are a drain on our society. Fact: Prejudice and discrimination are a drain on our society.

NAAFA addresses this fact better than I so I quote: “Fat Americans face discrimination daily. They are denied access and opportunities in the workplace, in health care and in education. Scientific models are used to minimize the individual to a number on a scale or a percent on a BMI chart. A fat American no longer owns their own body, it is a commodity to be ridiculed, marginalized, a cost to be cut. An American citizen is more than a BMI! Size discrimination touches all races, genders & socioeconomic levels. As America battles for freedom & equality around the globe, it makes no sense that a second class of citizen is being created here at home. It is said that Obesity is a cost that is dragging our nation down, then what is the cost of size discrimination? What will its impact be on our nation’s future?”

Opinion: Fat is bad for your health. Fact: A sedentary lifestyle, poor stress management, and an unbalanced diet are bad for your health. Any of those things alone can cause weight gain and when combined are very likely to cause weight gain. Fat isn’t damaging your health, but your behaviors certainly could.

Opinion: Fat may lessen your pleasure in life. Fact: Fat may lessen your pleasure in life.

Nobody should feel ugly and unloved because of the number on the scale. Nobody should get bullied or passed over for a job or be treated like a second-class citizen because of size. Fat, skinny or in-between, everybody should be treated for who they are, not how they look. Having said that, fat can take pleasure out of life by making it hard to participate in fun activities. Even walking can be painful. Mobility and flexibility can be limited. Limited mobility can reduce the size of your world – the places you go and the things you do. The other scary facts are opinions, but it is a fact that fat can – not always, not for everybody – but it can lessen pleasure in life.

  • If your lifestyle is sedentary (spend most of the day sitting, take fewer than 2300 steps a day, never exert yourself) it could improve your health to become active.
  • If you are constantly under a lot of stress and sleep poorly, it could improve your health and your entire life to make it a point to learn how to manage stress and get adequate, quality sleep daily.
  • If you eat and unbalanced diet, it could improve your health to balance your diet by eating more whole, nutrient-dense foods, and reduce consumptions of foods processed with added fats, sugars, and salt.

Doing those things will probably result in the loss of some fat and at the same time, maybe give some fun back to your life that was missing.

 I wouldn't want to do this with 40 extra pounds. It wouldn't be fun, it would be hard work!

I wouldn’t want to do this with 40 extra pounds. It wouldn’t be fun, it would be hard work!

It made a positive difference for me…. and that’s a fact, Jack!

I couldn't do this with 40 extra pounds.

I couldn’t do this with 40 extra pounds.

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.