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Being Obese In America: A Guide To Sedentary Living

Updated on December 9, 2011

Being Obese

I live in the 9th fattest city in the United States, according to MensHealth.com. Deep fried in southern tradition, in Houston, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Although you may find feline on the menu of an authentic eastern Asian restaurant, I'm not suggesting that you eat "Whiskers" , I am alluding to the point that there is a diner on every corner, many open through the night. If a particular eatery does not satisfy your appetite, there are thousands of others to choose from. For the proper coinage, your taste buds may delight in a plethora of flavors, exotic and foreign. Perhaps a gut-busting home-style meat-loaf or a succulent rack of lamb. I can feel my belt size expanding already.

What about taboos? You may ask. You may feel obligated to have rippling musculature or a model thin waist line. I assure you that you're in the wrong place. Be aware of your calorie consumption. Do not waste your daily intake on cheap powdered pastries or greasy junk foods. You are what you eat my friend, eat well.

I wrote a poetic analogy on the subject. Being Obese In America: A Poem For Sedentary Living. Being Obese In America: A Poem For Sedentary Living

Thin has not always been in, in fact, plump and pudgy women have been the model in western culture for the better part of the last millennium for example, the Mona Lisa. Be proud of your shape! Weight has been a symbol of wealth and status in societies where food is scarce. Blacks in America are the race most likely to be obese and obesity contributes to heart disease and type two diabetes, which are major killers in the black community.

A sedentary lifestyle is increasingly common as food is so readily available, many people are uneducated on health issues and food choices. Foods are saturated, preserved and flavored with chemicals alien to the human metabolism. We are a twenty four hour society, stress levels are high, binge eating are drinking are encouraged and condemned simultaneously through a constant barrage of food commercials in tandem with the projection of "thin being in". Everything is so convenient, if you are reading my hubs from your lap top, in the comfort of your bed, then you have the right idea!

P. S. Wilkinson IV


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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I have gained a few pounds and it's bothering the hell out of me. I really am uncomfortable with being even slightly overweight. I have been in the fitness industry for over a decade so I become quite self conscious about my body.

      I know it's important to love yourself no matter how you look, but I really can't understand eating your way through life like that. I am yet to understand being so comfortable with yourself at 300+ lbs.

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      Innuentendre 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      A few pounds here and few pounds there and pow!

      People pretend to be content Cardisa.

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