A lot of people asked me, Why was Michelle over Weight? Why did you allow yourself to get that big? Do I have an answer for them; Yes!!!
It’s our nature and it runs in my family, then I realized that if Nature meant people to be fat subsequently the state of fatness would be associated with better health. As we are all aware by now, there are risks in being overweight.
In families of thinner people, food may be regarded as fuel rather than reward. The balance between fats, sugars, and proteins is likely to be different. The quantities of chocolates, biscuits, pastries, etc. are likely to be less and vice versa.
The real reason Michelle was overweight was because she eats too much. Eating patterns are acquired. What is the amount of food that is considered normal? The types of food that are given and the way they are regarded are important.
One becomes overweight when you eat more food than you need to maintain your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and to fuel physical activities. The excess energy intake is mainly stored as fat, a kind of reserve fuel tank in case of further food shortages. For most of us, the food shortage never arrives and the excess fat builds up.
BMR is the ‘tick over’ speed of the body, the rate at which energy is used to keep the heart beating, lungs expanding and contracting, and body temperature at the correct level. BMR varies from person to person and is closely related to individual size. People with a lower BMR are more at risk of becoming overweight.
Why then did I eat too much?
My reasons will be Habit; a conditioned response often formed and set in childhood. For many people like me, the weight problem started in childhood.
Apparently for a baby to be healthy there must be a projection of a rounded, well-fed baby. There is no criticism in that. However, if this force feeding ritual continues into the toddler stage and later into pre – primary stages, an overeating regime will be established and that child’s body will accept it as the norm.
Remember the parental phrase that, ‘you will not get up from this table until you have eaten all your food’. Once again, no criticism is intended as children should eat carbohydrates, proteins, greens etc. But quantities and the types of food consumed should be cautiously assessed.
Cultivation of a sweet tooth
From an early age, this can become problematic as sweets were seen as a special reward and treat for me. This sort of habit lasts a lifetime. Later on, when there is an emotional upset in the person’s life, consolation is immediately found in eating chocolate, cake or other sweet foods.
If some obesity is established in a person, overeating is very hard to stop. Guilt about being overweight can sometimes only be eased by the consolation of eating. The thought of being fat and unattractive often drives people to indulge even more, because eating becomes the only pleasure left, thus the obesity cycle continues.
Convenience foods have to carry a great deal of blame for overweight problems.
Examples are processed food which often lacks nourishment – the hidden sugars and fats have no nutritional value. They are so called ‘empty calories’, these sugars and fats only have energy value. Provided this energy is burned up by physical exercise, that delicious hamburger consumed at lunch time will settle on the hips and thighs if after lunch the body sits on the typist chair for the rest of the afternoon. Do bear in mind that one digestive biscuit (70 calories) a day in excess of your energy requirements adds up to a staggering 25,550 calories a year or 10lbs of fat, equivalent to 4.5 kilograms, a whole dress size bigger.