I haven’t even checked out of my hotel yet and I feel assaulted because I’m fat. First there was an article in USA Today about obesity in college freshman (okay, I’m not a college freshman, but still the issue is there and hits home because I never did the right things when I actually was).
Then I went back to my room to finish packing up before checking out and was vaguely listening to the Today Show, which I never watch because I’m at work. They started a three-part series on “Living Large in America” on being obese in America. We are such easy targets, so easy to talk about, such bad examples of what not to become.
But the medical realities are harsh and things I haven’t allowed myself to listen to for a while because they just underlined how much in trouble I was. The pressure on the lungs, the enlarged heart, the added veins needed for every few pounds to keep the blood moving. What I hadn’t really thought about was that medical people don’t want to treat us because of the physical stress on their own bodies, not just mental dislike for being around fat people. I don’t like what I heard, but I did hear it.
There is an interesting kind of scary video “Inside the Body of an Obese Person” up on the MSNBC website. Watch it. Then take a hard look at your food plan and take a step.