What does this word mean to you and does it describe your physical makeup? I don’t want you to think I am judgmental, but on some levels I am. Obesity can impact your mental and physical being.
It is not my concern if you choose to reach 200 to 300 pounds, because your life will not affect mine, but it will affect your heart. In my opinion I think we all eat for two reasons: Stress, and we enjoy eating. Can you list others?
I was in a stressful emotional state in 1980, and food was my savior, I thought. A friend introduced me to a program. It didn’t alleviate the problem, but I felt better when my weight went down to a reasonable size where I could exercise and not think I was going to have a heart attack. I have returned to that program because I know it works for me. I still enjoy my food, but the portions are small and I exercise five to seven days a week.
I was sharing with a friend that I knew I was in trouble again with my eating because my underpants were getting tighter. That was a good laugh for the morning.
I weighed 200 pounds in 1980. My thighs were very large, and I chose to ignore my body. I convinced myself that when fat liberation came out of Berkeley’s women’s’ politics, I knew I was OK. Why? Because I still had that tape in my brain from my mother that said I was cute and smart.
I am not saying you have to be spaghetti-thin, but a comfortable size that your heart can manage. I believe we eat for two reasons: Stress, and the enjoyment of food.
I was talking to a bus driver the other day; my comment to him was, “I’m not sure who is going to have their baby first, the men with their stomachs hanging over their belts, or the women and teens who have extra body fat on stomachs.” He gave a hearty laugh and commented, “Oh no! I am moving in that direction.” Was that a wakeup call for him? I will never know, but I hope so.
I do recall the talk show host MoNique writing a book about weight. It was called Skinny Women Are Evil, and was reviewed in 2012. Her book implied that it was OK to be chubby when she was large, as long as you were healthy. I notice in the last year she has lost much weight; what did her weight loss mean for her? Cell Phones
In my opinion, I think the cell phone is most hazardous to your health. Cancer, deafness, possibly hit by a car when talking on your phone and walking in a crosswalk. Games, which interrupt your time in your life. Socially, you do not talk to each other. Texting — now your spelling skills are becoming limited. Deafness from loud music that you might listen to.
But on a positive note, this is how I use my cell phone. This magical piece of work has upgraded my health. How? I am a talker. I talk to different friends on my cell phone while walking. Sometimes I walk for an hour and not realize the time I have spent walking. Put your phone to good use, not bad health.
Are there areas in your life about obesity or cell phones that you can improve on? An e-mail can be sent to Midgettscorner@aol.com. She is the author of
"New York Flavor with a San Francisco Beat."