I’ve been overweight, or more accurately, obese, for most of my life. At times, it’s reached weights that should have scared me, and some of those times, it did scare me, though not often enough. Even now, when I’ve been trying to manage it better, I have a long way to go to reach a healthy weight. With everything else going on in my life, the shortened lifespan attributed to being significantly overweight is not helping, nor is it what I want for my family, but it’s a tough situation to escape.
I titled this post very intentionally. There’s a joke I’ve heard for years that goes “Obesity doesn’t run in my family. Nobody runs in my family.” There’s some truth behind the concept, but it’s actually also somewhat misguided. Obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes…all are things that are thought to have genetic components, and they most likely do (and that may have been proven beyond doubt, but that’s not my area of expertise), but as I was reminded recently in an audiobook I’m listening to called The Happiness Advantage, there are more factors in play than genetics. Our attitudes and the way we were raised are factors in these problems as well, but that’s not to place the blame on our parents or families, and it’s not permanent. I may always have to struggle with my weight, but as my oldest sister has proven, getting to a healthy weight is possible, and changing your attitude towards weight and what’s possible is a huge part of that. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to take a different approach than she did due to food intolerances, which is another blog post entirely, but I have to keep in mind that it is possible, and her example is one I need to dwell on.
I debated whether to share this, and topics like it, for a little while, but as of now, I plan to share a wide variety of topics, some of them intensely personal like this one. Too many subjects are elephants in the room, known to everyone but never talked about, and I want to do my part to combat that. This isn’t going to be a blog with answers to every issue, but I don’t plan to hold back, either. I don’t know how to bring my weight down to a healthy level, which is currently at least 50 pounds away, but I do know if I never talk about it, it’s likely to never change. So here’s a first step, or third, or 400th. Take a step today if you struggle with something similar.