Wednesday, June 30, 2010
This is a very sensitive topic for me since I am what some people would call "morbidly obese." I am 255 lbs at 5 feet 2 inches. Dear God, I can't believe I'm posting this but I really want people to understand what it is like for an individual who is overweight in a world that accommodates everyone from people with disabilities to people with different sexual orientations. On the sidewalks, in New York City, there are bumps to let a blind person know that they are at the curb. On the corners, the sidewalk declines into the street area to accommodate wheelchairs or the elderly who have difficulty walking. The traffic lights accommodate those who have dyslexia, cannot read or do not know the English language by using pictures to indicate when to walk or when to wait.
Please do not misunderstand me. As a special education teacher, I am happy that the world is finally accommodating those with disabilities. It's been a long time coming. Thirty years, that is. I am only stating that I can't think of one accommodation that is made for people with a weight problem.
How We See Obesity
There are others who react differently to all the processed foods available in supermarkets. These items contain preservatives, excessive amounts of salt and some of the meat in our supermarket freezers contain hormones which are used to add bulk to the animal before consumption. Genetics also play a part in obesity. If your parents and grandparents are obese, chances are that you will be too.
How I See Myself
I have considered getting a gastric bypass or the Lap Band. The jury is still out on that one. I am really not sure of the after effects, plus the costs of upkeep. That is another post altogether.
So next time, you pass an individual who is overweight, please don't judge. That person just might be me.