So, Why So Fat? It's something that's been on my mind more and more just lately, but in reality since I was a child, and especially as a teenager, I couldn't understand why I was so fat. The complexities of fat are mind boggling. To a lot of people it's simple, they will assume you are fat because you eat too much, but to this day I strongly maintain fat is and always will be so much more than just food.
For some, fat is about food, maybe too much food for some, maybe the ratio between food and exercise for some. For some fat is about emotions, joyful eating, depressive eating, eating triggered by boredom, and for some fat is about genetics. I don't care what anyone says, if you have fat in your family line, you have a predispotion to being fat. For some, it's a bit of all of the above.
I come from a fat family, both sides, my mum and dad are fat, my paternal grandfather was a substantial chap, my maternal grandmother was, as was her mother. I was brought up on a well balanced diet, no fried food, everything was grilled, boiled and steamed, I ate food from different cultures, every meal included vegetables, everything was made from scratch, no ready meals. Yes we had treats now and then, yes we had a takeaway now and then, but by no means did we ever consume "abnormal" (and I use that term very loosely) amounts of food. So why so fat? I honestly wish I had the answer, even after having a gastric bypass, my body found its natural level at around 18 stone (I have no scales in my house, I refuse to have them) so even after extreme surgery, I'm still not thin.
I have a friend who has 2 daughters, one is quite clearly very much her fathers daughter, she is tall and thin and lean, she looks so much like him, its scary and the other is very much her mothers daughter, also tall, but much thicker set, rounder in shape and face and has her mothers features. They both clearly eat the same diet, mum puts the dinner on the table every night, they eat together as a family. So why is one daughter so different to the other?
I guess what I'm trying to say is that fat is what it is, it's there, it's complex and more than anything, there's nothing wrong with it, fat people are demonised every single day, are judged for apparently making terrible choices, when in fact all they are doing is just living their lives. They have just as much right as the next person to occupy the space they are in, wear the clothes they want to wear, be with the person they want to be with, because a "fat" person isn't a "fat person", they are a person, end of story.