Issue 16

  1. You’re right, a person’s weight should never define how they are treated. But the older I get, the more I’m being made aware that being overweight attracts heart failure, diabetes which can sometimes lead to losing your sight. Lots of things can and do go wrong with your body.

    1. Hi Mary! Definitely, we don’t argue that being unhealthy is a good way of life, but we do believe that being ‘fat’ doesn’t necessarily mean that you are unhealthy. A ‘fat’ person can still have a clean bill of health at the doctor’s surgery. Living in a larger body doesn’t mean that you are unhealthy, lazy or any of the other stereotypes fixed onto being in a bigger body than others. There are plenty of people that have the perfect BMI that are unhealthy, lazy, unfit… etc etc.

    2. Thanks for your comment, @marymtf, I understand what you mean, but I believe that it’s often misconstrued as a ‘causation rather than correlation’ sort of issue when it comes to medical maladies and being overweight. I try to avoid overgeneralising about health issues whenever weight is mentioned – it can be part of a host of variables, such as genes, other medical ailments, whereabouts people are living, what foods they have access to, who they’re living with, and so many other things. Being overweight doesn’t, in and of itself, attract heart failure and diabetes – there are overweight people who don’t have heart failure and diabetes, and people who are deemed as having ‘normal’ body weight that do suffer from heart issues and diabetes. As you rightly said, lots of things can go wrong with your body, but they can be caused by lots of things, as well. 🙂

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