The Journey of HeidE – The Lady Who’s “Fat on the Inside”
On the “outside”, I was a perfect mom, successful businesswoman, loving wife and dedicated friend.
In reality, I was 250lbs with a BMI of 38. I was insulin resistant and at risk for diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease. I was in constant pain and my knees, hips and back were “killing me”. I was short of breath and unable to walk up a flight of stairs without panting, and even worse, I was in constant fear of being “found out”.
I was self-loathing and ashamed of how I looked. I was defeated and powerless over this thing they call addiction, and felt isolated and alone. I did less with others and spent time gorging on my own. I was angry, frustrated and hopeless…and that was only the beginning.
Having my colon “burst”, added to the acute awareness that SOMETHING had to CHANGE – that I was losing the battle…and I had no idea of what to do.
Fast forward to the “quick fix” – I had bariatric (gastric sleeve) surgery and was on my way to losing 130 lbs. And again, “on the outside”, I was thin, beautiful and back to being my old successful self, doing all the amazing things I had been praised for before.
In reality, I was still ‘fat on the inside”. I was defeated and powerless over this thing they call addiction, and felt isolated and alone. I did less with others and spent more time on my own. I was angry, frustrated and hopeless…and that was only the beginning.
Until I found RECOVERY!!!
SEVEN SKINNY FAT FACTS
Obesity specifically refers to an excessive amount of body fat. “Overweight” refers to an excessive amount of body weight that includes muscle, bone, fat, and water. As a rule, women have more body fat than men. Most health care professionals agree that men with more than 25 percent body fat and women with more than 30 percent body fat are obese. These numbers should not be confused with the body mass index (BMI), however, which is more commonly used by health care professionals to determine the effect of body weight on the risk for some diseases.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
More than 1.9 billion adults are overweight and over 600 million are obese.
THE SICK GET SICKER
According to the NIH, obesity / overweight are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, just behind tobacco use.
YOUR MONEY DOWN the DRAIN
Americans spend over $60,000,000,000 (sixty billion) to lose weight every year…or $800 per dieter per year.
BREAKING the CHAINS
About 3 billion dollars are spent on weight loss chains such as Weight Watchers.
SWING and a MISS
The typical dieter makes 4 attempts per year to try and lose weight.
WHAT a BUNCH of JUNK
Approximately $400 billion fast food / junk food industry per year.
HELP is AVAILABLE
Join the WHY WEIGHT for RECOVERY community and find out how.
What Causes Morbid Obesity?
It is said that this normally occurs when a person consumes more calories from food than he or she burns. Our bodies need calories to sustain life and be physically active, but to maintain weight we need to balance the energy we eat with the energy we use. When a person eats more calories than he or she burns, the energy balance is tipped toward weight gain and obesity. This imbalance between calories-in and calories-out may differ from one person to another. Genetic, environmental, and other factors may all play a part.
According to the NIH Consensus Report, morbid obesity is a serious chronic disease, meaning that the symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. Today 97 million Americans, more than one-third of the adult population, are overweight or obese. An estimated 5-10 million of those are considered morbidly obese.
Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic cause. However, families also share diet and lifestyle habits that may contribute to obesity. Separating genetic from other influences is often difficult. Even so, science does show a hereditary link.
Environmental and Social Factors
There are strong environmental influences. Consider that most people in the United States alive today were also alive in 1980, when obesity rates were lower. Since this time, our genetic make-up has not changed, but our environment has. Environment includes lifestyle behaviors such as what a person eats and his or her level of physical activity. Too often Americans eat out, consume large meals and high-fat foods, and put taste and convenience ahead of nutrition. Also, most people in the United States do not get enough physical activity.
Environment also includes the world around us–our access to places to walk and healthy foods, for example. Today, more people drive long distances to work instead of walking, live in neighborhoods without sidewalks, tend to eat out or get “take out” instead of cooking, or have vending machines with high-calorie, high-fat snacks at their workplace. Our environment often does not support healthy habits.
In addition, social factors including poverty and a lower level of education have been linked to obesity. One reason for this may be that high-calorie processed foods cost less and are easier to find and prepare than healthier foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits. Other reasons may include inadequate access to safe recreation places or the cost of gym memberships, limiting opportunities for physical activity.