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800 hits 4.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think most overweight people are that way because they choose to be?


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13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 8:11:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
is this a subtle parody or something? who would choose to be overweight? I'm overweight cos I eat and drink too much and don't have time to go the gym
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 8:40:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely not.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 8:41:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
sometimes being overweight is not something you can choose. i have a risk of being overweight somehow because of my background and i have a risk of getting diabetes but my other sisters dont... how is that even possible?? thank god im not overweight!!!
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 10:04:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
oh yes... i try to get overweight everyday B-l
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 10:05:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
They make choices that lead to fatness, but I think most people want to be in shape regardless of their choices.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 10:15:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have to say yes - they don't mind being fat so much - else they'd eat less, exercise, eat healthy, etc. People don't realise how much control they actually have over their weight - they allow themselves to put on the pounds because they really prefer food and relaxation to physical proportion.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:20:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
In the same way that a smoker chooses to get lung cancer.
They don't choose to be overweight, exactly, but they choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle when they are likely fully aware of the potential consequences.
And in most cases, if they really wanted to they could choose to change that unhealthy lifestyle and be thinner. All it takes is willpower.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:23:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:20:15 PM pankate wrote:
In the same way that a smoker chooses to get lung cancer. They don't choose to be overweight, exactly, but they choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle when they are likely fully aware of the potential consequences. And in most cases, if they really wanted to they could choose to change that unhealthy lifestyle and be thinner. All it takes is willpower.


I'd think it would be easier than quitting smoking. Your lifestyle isn't the sort of thing that is physically addictive. If anything is addictive, it's exercise.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:24:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 2:01:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Some are
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 2:53:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
All these young slender people with no understanding.

I was a young slender person. I weighed 135 pounds for years, with no effort needed on my part to maintain it.

And then I had children, and grew older, and have a job that requires sitting all the time, and stress about if I would lose my job, lose my home, become ill without insurance, and all the other stresses of life and parenthood.

And I ate for comfort. And I had much less time to exercise. And my metabolism changed, as it does when you get older. And I gained weight. Substantial weight.

I weighed up to 211 pounds. And I didn't "choose" to weigh that much. And I didn't like weighing that much.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 2:54:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
And I worked, and I lost weight. I now weigh 165 pounds.

And it was hard to lose weight. And it's hard to keep the weight off.

My metabolism is still slow, and food is still often my best comfort. And my job still requires me to sit for hours.

And I still find it offensive that young slender people think I "choose" to be fat.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 2:54:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:20:15 PM pankate wrote:
In the same way that a smoker chooses to get lung cancer. They don't choose to be overweight, exactly, but they choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle when they are likely fully aware of the potential consequences. And in most cases, if they really wanted to they could choose to change that unhealthy lifestyle and be thinner. All it takes is willpower.


"ALL" it takes is willpower.

That's a hell of a big "all".
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 2:56:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:23:39 PM catchall wrote:
I'd think it would be easier than quitting smoking. Your lifestyle isn't the sort of thing that is physically addictive. If anything is addictive, it's exercise.


Your lifestyle is both physically addictive and emotionally addictive.

And I have never found exercise to be addictive - it is always something I have to force myself to do, and seldom enjoy.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 3:25:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Seriously?

I don't think so.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 3:43:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Most people who are overweight feel unattractive and depressed about it and so I doubt that they because they particularly choose to be. Some people find it hard to motivate themselves to do exercise. Some people are predisposed to being overweight because of family genes. There are some people who are overweight and okay with it and some women I've seen who are overweight and think they are ultra sexy. I guess it just depends, really.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 3:52:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they choose to be fat. (I am excepting here the very, very few people who actually have a verifiable medical condition).

People choose to sit on their fat asses in front of their TV's using treating their brains like landfills. They choose to eat fast food, stupid amounts of meat, and generally observe dietary practices that turn their bodies into landfills. Then they choose to hide behind contrived, stupid excuses; when the only real problem they have is one of will power. Grow up, people, and grow a friggin' spine, and make an effort to better yourselves.

The sad part is, it really doesn't take much. There's a difference between looking like a body builder and simply being fit...one is a ridiculous extreme, and the other is really, really easy.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 3:59:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^ Maybe for you, not for me.

I don't eat meat - I've been a vegetarian for 27 years.

I don't have a TV - cable costs too much, and you can't get TV here without cable.

I eat many fruits and vegies - most of them raw - and eat very little fat.

Unless you've been fat, you don't know what it's like to be fat, nor what it's like to try to lose it.
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 9:12:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/21/09 - 8:11:37 AM glennh70 wrote:
I'm overweight cos I eat and drink too much and don't have time to go the gym


Yet you have time to YT
13 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/21/09 - 10:13:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, in a way. They may not want to be fat, but they certainly choose to overeat and to not exercise enough.
13 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/22/09 - 12:32:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Most of them, yes. But not all of them.
13 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/22/09 - 12:38:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm fat because I sit in front of YT all day and pig out all the time!!!
13 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/22/09 - 2:59:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Fat people are overweight because they eat too much and have a crappy diet and don't exercise. These sort deserve heart disease, diabetes etc..
13 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/22/09 - 3:03:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 4/22/09 - 2:59:26 PM Seung-HuiCho wrote:
Fat people are overweight because they eat too much and have a crappy diet and don't exercise. These sort deserve heart disease, diabetes etc..


Shut up, Cho Seung Hui. Nobody cares about your opinion. You're dead.
13 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/22/09 - 8:22:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/21/09 - 12:23:39 PM catchall wrote:
I'd think it would be easier than quitting smoking. Your lifestyle isn't the sort of thing that is physically addictive. If anything is addictive, it's exercise.
On Tuesday 4/21/09 - 2:56:43 PM Wanderer wrote:
Your lifestyle is both physically addictive and emotionally addictive. And I have never found exercise to be addictive - it is always something I have to force myself to do, and seldom enjoy.


Maybe we have different definitions of physically addictive. You don't go threw withdrawal if you suddenly start exercising.

As for the addictiveness of exercise itself, I actually doubt it's physically addictive except perhaps in a small minority of people, but I know I get a massive runner's high. Especially during competitive events.

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