Why Obesity is More than Just a Body-Image Issue

“Body-positive” campaigns to normalize obesity might seem nice, but they are lying to you: obesity is truly a life-threatening illness that requires change, not complacency.

Not only does obesity severely detract from quality of life right now, it also puts people on a slow decline into degenerative disease in the future, leading to years of suffering before an early death: diabetes (including foot and leg amputations), heart disease, hypertension/ stroke, breast cancer, kidney failure, and more. These are the biggest killers of Americans today, and obesity opens the door to all of them – and puts additional weight on an already overburdened health care system.

So it’s not just about “do I look fat?” (If you have to ask, you probably already know the answer.) The real question is: what am I going to do about it?

The standard answer is “diet and exercise”, but what does that really mean?

  • Exercise is more for healthy weight maintenance, not weight loss. It takes a lot of exercise to burn up just a few calories, and furthermore, it can be difficult for very heavy people to move. Walking for ten minutes a day, every day, is a realistic way to develop a healthy exercise habit. You can take a morning walk along a beach (very energizing), an evening walk in your neighborhood, or find nature trails in your area. And hey, bring your dog – it’s good for him, too.
  • A far more practical approach than trying to burn off a ton of calories is to simply take in fewer of them in the first place. The good news is, you can still eat a lot, and enjoy eating – it just won’t be junk food, which is where the vast majority of calories in an obesity-causing diet comes from. It’s not entirely your fault – junk food is deceptive and designed to be addictive – but it is now your responsibility to choose your Self, your life and your long-term goals instead.

This is the real body-positive movement. You are in control of your body and your choices, and it is an act of self-love to feed your body the nourishment it needs and dismiss what is harmful to it. You know by now that an apple is good for you and a donut is not, so look at what is really motivating you. I know you want to feel good, but the real feeling good is in a happy, healthy life and future.

Being healthy is going to change your life. Not just because you’ll look good, which is still very important in this illusion-based world. But also because of how you’ll feel, what you’ll have going on inside. Good health is the foundation for a good life. You will be amazed at howlife opens up for you and the profound, positive effect your transformation will have on everyone and everything in your life: your family, friendships, relationships, education, career opportunities, and more. You will dust off your dreams for your life and begin to really live them. You’ll know that since you can do this thing – you can do anything.

Choosing good health is saying “Yes” to you and your life – what could be more positive than that?