Most Americans are overweight. Whose fault is it? The person who is fat makes his or her own choices to eat the foods that he or she eats. The choices we make in life are heavily influenced by our environment. Someone may “choose” to eat junk food but is it really his or her fault?
Let me give you a real life example from my life…
I went primal on April 5, 2010 and was doing great for a few months. I then was under financial stress for about 2 months starting in late August of last year. I landed 2 jobs in October/November which caused me to work 60+ hours per week for 2 months. It sucked ass. On top of that it was winter. I live in Michigan where it’s freezing cold in the winter. This past winter was consistently cold. It only added stress to the problem.
I started to binge eat in October and it lasted about 4 months. I told myself over and over again that I was going to stop. I never did. It was not until I told the world that I was going to do a 30 day paleo challenge in February that I eventually stopped binge eating completely. Guess what? February is also when it starts to warm up in West Michigan.
I ended up gaining 13 lbs during those 4 months and I lose all of that during the first 7 weeks that I went back to eating strictly primal foods for the most part.
Was it my fault that I binge ate? Yes and no. It was my choice but my choice was heavily influenced by my stressful environment.
I will be explaining my full story soon. Much more than my 4 months of binge eating. I will be publishing it to hopefully inspire millions around the world to take control of their own life.
Are you following me so far? Let’s apply this to our fat friends.
This same “concept” can be applied to someone who is fat. Bob chose to eat this food and that drink. But the majority of kids (maybe 99%?) eat what their parents feed them. They choose to eat the foods that their parents put in front of them because if they don’t then they may suffer through some harsh consequences. Thus they comply and eat what their parents want them to eat even if it may not be healthy and may be making them fat. Kids simply do not know better. Ditto with many adults in the modern world.
There is a lot of factors that play a role in how fat someone is or how lean someone is. A lot of it is what you eat and how you move and a lot of it has to do with hormones. All of these factors are influenced by our entire environment. Many people think that overweight people don’t care about their weight. This is simply not true. Many people do everything they possibly can to lose weight but still fail. They try their damned hardest to figure out what went wrong and then they try again. And again.
But they keep failing. Why? Is it really because they are overeating? Sure, they may be burning less calories than they consume. But some people eat 1,500 calories a day and gain weight. Other people eat 3,000 calories a day and lose weight. Yet their activity level is about the same. What gives? Those 2 people are probably eating vastly different diets and their hormones are way different as well.
I am going to quote Gary Taubes to further illustrate my point:
Most doctors don’t want to deal with obese patients because they think they’re dealing with someone who simply doesn’t care enough to do what they do: Eat in moderation, and exercise.
Not everyone gets fat from eating carbohydrates – it has to do with how sensitive your cells are to insulin and specifically how sensitive your fats cells are versus your muscle cells.
But basically, I’m just saying, eat what humans evolve to eat. Highly refined grains and sugars were not part of our diet for 99.999% of human history. Back when we were Hunter – gatherers, we ate meat as often as we could get it, and when we ate plants, they were much tougher and higher in fiber than they are today – much lower in digestible carbs, in other words. This isn’t a diet. The fundamental idea is, don’t eat the foods that make you fat. Beyond that, you can eat as much as you want.
I hope a lot of people take something away from what Gary is saying here. You can eat a lot of carbs and not get fat. Eating low carb works for many people but that does not mean that the same person can’t eat a lot more carbs and still lose weight. Gary still believes that you lose weight when you burn more calories then you consume. This will always be true. People just need to start understanding that it’s more complicated than that.
I wish people would stop thinking about overall weight and start focusing on overall health.
If you have more than 50 lbs. to lose (general number) then weighing yourself and getting your total weight down is probably a great idea in the beginning. But if you don’t have that much to lose then start focusing on eating healthy and more importantly, living healthy. If you are stressed out for whatever reason then focus on being grateful for what you already have. Meditate. Relax more. Walk more. Manage your stress. The weight could very easily start to fall off.
Millions of people stress out about losing the final 5 lbs. Get over it. You are more than likely no longer at a high risk of becoming diabetic, getting heart disease and a host of many cancers. Enjoy your life. Stressing over it may be the only thing that is preventing you from dropping the last few lbs.
You know pop is junk. Stop drinking it. Stop drinking alcohol. Stop eating junk food that everyone in the world believes is junk food. Eat whole foods. Meat. Eggs. Vegetables. Fruit. Seafood. Fish. Eat other foods once in a while if you want. It’s your choice.
If you are currently engaged in emotional eating and are gaining weight because of it then feel free to contact me here for help. I went through exactly what you are going through and I will do the best I can to get you on the right track.
YOU must do what is best for YOU. Only YOU know what that is.
What are your thoughts on this article? On Gary Taubes in general? On the passage from Gary in this article? Who’s fault is it that we are overweight? What about children? How can we help them?
This blog post has been shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday