Originally Posted by pjk5900
This topic struck an exposed nerve here!
My sister was 400 pounds when she entered the hospital on a Sunday night in mid-Jan. No one gave a S*** what happened to her because she was morbidly obese. They gave her inferior care because she was considered gross. The behavior was PATHETIC of a lot of the hospital staff. If they would've treated her like an average person/average weight, she would still be alive today. She died that following friday after she received no care for her symptoms that led to her death.
This crap about how overweight people don't deserve the dignity of any other human being is so incredibly narrow-minded I wonder how it goes with no backlash.
She didn't wanna be so big. A lot of it is associated with DEPRESSION. It is something I didn't understand until I hit about 40 yrs. old.
My whole family (8 kids, both parents) are or have been obese. I was the ONLY one who never let it happen to me. My demons where other things and my depression was remedied other ways. That was until I hit 40 and had come out of a traumatic 5 yr. relationship with my 2nd husband that changed me physically and mentally. I can't really explain it, but it was like a huge sigh of relief to be out of his hell and the fact that I hit 40, I started gaining weight. I am now approx. 50 pounds overweight and the depression that lingers along with everyone in my family has kept me from being able to pull out of it. I have started a new attempt to lose and hope I can keep it up and do something to get back to where I am not invisible anymore. I was always very average looking, nothing special but with a nice body so I was "accepted" somewhat. I hate this extra weight and I used to think all fat people were just lazy and sloppy and should get off their a**es and get busy. It's NOT that simple. Metabolisms change and genes also have a lot to do with it. I always said I will never get fat and if I do, shoot me in the head because I have lost my mind if I let myself go there.
People who think of obese people as inferior are extremely obnoxious IMO. Have some compassion for how they got there, it wasn't by choice.
I didn't read the story of the woman on the airline, but from what I have gathered here, I think I understand what happened.
The airlines and other places do need to accomodate for larger passengers/customers. Do they want bigger people to just stop using their services? Considering the statistics, they would lose a lot of business.
I don't think paying for 2 seats is the solution.
Losing weight does take time though. I gain quicker than I lose. I.e. I'm still trying to lose the Christmas weight that i gained a couple of months ago. That threw me off to the point that most of my pants were tight. I freaked and not because I'm afraid of getting fat, but because I was afraid to go back down that road.
About 5 years ago I was overweight, depressed, and just overall hated myself. Yes seats were uncomfortable for me, because on top of being heavy then I'm also 5'9, so seats are uncomfortable for me. However I owned up to it. I grew up with the understanding you either accept the way things are or your do something about it to make yourself happier. So I began to look at my eating habits. I looked at the cost of food and realised that I can make an entire lunch that'll last me 2-3 days for the same price as one meal at a fast food. So I began to make sandwiches, eat more veggies and fruit etc.
IT IS DIFFICULT, still to this day for me as I LOVE sweets. Plus living in Metro Detroit where you really HAVE to own a vehicle doesn't help for exercise. But I do workout videos in the winter and I discovered the other day that I don't live too far from a park, so this summer I plan on getting outside.
I don't see obsesity as the cause of rising medical costs (I believe its mainly because there isn't a cap what doctors can charge for services like there is in Canada and Europe). HOWEVER, take a note at the rise in Type 2 Diabetes. I just read an article the other day where its more common now to be type 2 than type 1. Type 2 can occur due to poor diet habits (in addition to other reasons). I'm not saying that only the overweight/obese people get type 2. People that lose weight too quickly (i.e. Anorexics) are prown to type 2 as well. Plus has any one ever priced Insulin before insurance? It's about $150-$200 per 10 mL.
OK i've finished. I was up too late last night and up way to early this morning. Sleep time for me.