Everyday during my lunch break I spend at least 15 minutes reading current news and affairs on BBC. I really enjoy the BBC news service it gives a totally different point of view than the usual American news channels. I am not knocking the American news channels in any way all I am saying is it is nice to see how others in this world report the news. So during my lunch today I stumbled upon a news story that made me laugh at first and then it made me extremely angry. The title of it was "Is that woman fat of pregnant?"
WHAT! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! We need a news report about how to determine if someone is just obese or pregnant. This is out of control. I started to read the article because I needed to understand why this is important. The basis of the article was about public transportation and how people are less likely to get up these days for women because they are not sure if they are pregnant or obese. Fellow commuters are too polite to ask these people if they would like their seat because they do not want to offend an obese women by asking her if she is pregnant. Oh the article gets better. They then interviewed pregnant mothers and asked them how people, especially men, could tell the difference between the two. They listed out seven items to look for that included huffing and puffing, belly or back rubbing, look at swollen feet, what she is reading, inflated ankles, waddling walk, and a well defined solid bump in their abdomen. Okay so I get it these are all signs of a pregnant women. But come on really...is this really that big of a problem.
Now ladies I am not singling your sex out I am just floored by this article. I have seen plenty of men that look pregnant but based on their lack of proper equipment it just isn't possible.
So I finished the article and I was fired up. I can't believe that there are so many obese people in this world that we need a guide to help us differentiate between pregnant and non-pregnant women. I got an idea... get your lazy ass up off the couch, put down your fried khaki colored foods, and do some exercise. Maybe we need to ask these people if they are pregnant. Maybe they will get the point that they look like a pregnant person and they should loose weight and become a healthier person. I know we are supposed to be confident in our skin but come on there needs to be a limit. I know that I am far from perfect but at least I eat right and exercise. We need to stop encouraging this type of behavior. The behavior of encouraging obesity in our communities. This is driving me crazy. This needs to change.
Please let me know if I am crazy and if my expectations are too high. I don't think so. I don't expect everyone to walk into their local box and crush a 2 minute "Fran" but I do expect them to make little changes like going for a walk or eating a few colorful fruits and vegetables. I wish I could go to people's houses and give them the tools to help themselves. Maybe some day.
Obesity is an epidemic and is slowing killing many members of our communities. We need to find a way to change the course of the American diet and to help eliminate problem foods. I hope that this motivates you to help a friend or family member become a better person.
To all the pregnant women out there. I think that you are beautiful. You have been given an amazing gift. You can create, nurture, and bring a new life into this world. That is something that I find to be one of the most amazing gifts that any person can have. I am even more in awe when I see you pregnant ladies crushing Crossfit WOD's and doing pull ups or push ups. You staying fit during pregnancy sets the precedent for the rest of your life and your baby's life. Remember that special gift when you are making nutritional and fitness choices for them as they grow. You are building the path for the rest of their lives.
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