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Calling All Fat People!

Updated on April 14, 2013

Not you, anymore!

Who do you think you are?

Nobody wants parenting advice from someone without kids so who wants to listen to a skinny girl relate to fat people? I struggled with bulimia and believe it or not I have more in common with overweight people than you’d think; I was fat “in the closet”. I had very many of the same poor habits and thought processes as a "fat" person but I decided to change.

Really?

Change your thinking!

The problem is not in the scale it is in your head! Unfortunately fat people get stereotyped; a lot of people see the fat person as someone who is lazy and chooses to eat like a pig. While that is not necessarily the case, there must be some truths to that belief. Let’s face it; if you aren’t suffering from a medical condition that either contributes to weight gain or prevents weight loss then yes, there must be some poor eating habits and/or some limited physical exertion.

Stuck in a rut?

How is your thinking hurting you?

Being fat is much the same as being in a rut. You are stuck in a bad place and maybe don’t know how to get out or how to start; so you just don’t. Because of the negative feelings, depression, anxiety etc., which you have with being fat, only contributes to your problem. You don’t like the way you look, you don’t like the way you feel but desperation leads to more of the same poor choices that have led you to and are keeping you in that place you don’t want to be. Indulging in a “not so good for you treat” or overindulging in general becomes a defense mechanism and provides a moment of temporary relief. Unfortunately, it will probably be followed with more guilt which in turn will only cause more depression and anxiety.

This can be how far you've gone!

Baby Steps!

Never and I mean never, look at how far you have to go. This kind of thinking will stop you before you ever start. Don’t overwhelm yourself; just think about what you can do today and worry about tomorrow when it comes. Once your ball starts rolling you can always look back at how far you’ve come and that will only help you get farther.

Stop making excuses!

Excuses will not get you anywhere but keep you standing in your own way. We all have excuses, excuses are reasons for us to justify why we aren’t doing things we should be doing or why we are doing things that we should be doing. Who do excuses benefit? Nobody. “I don’t have time”. Really? You don’t have time to be healthy? Did you realize that you have time to be fat? “I have a bad back”. All the more reason that you shouldn’t be stagnate. The stronger the muscles are in your back the less pain you will have and the only way to build muscles it to work them. “My medication says it may cause weight gain.” Yes, I’m sure it also say may cause constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, dizziness, nausea… do you suffer from all of those side effects as well? These are just examples, but we all use excuses to avoid better behavior than we are currently choosing to participate in.

Here's the skinny...

The solution is simple; move more and eat less. Trust me; I know better than anyone how annoying it is to hear someone preach “Just stop eating so much”. That’s not what I’m saying. The more overweight you are the faster the weight is going to fall off and all that is required is a simple change. If there is one thing you do every day, i.e. late night snack or second helping at dinner, don’t do it. Or, another option is, if there is one thing you never do, start doing it; i.e. go for a 15 minute walk after dinner. If you can find the ambition to incorporate both a small change in eating habits and exercise then that would be even better.

Don't get overwhelmed

There’s no need to get worked up about it. You don’t need to run out and get a gym membership. You don’t need to sign up for any online weight loss program. You don’t even need to buy any exercise equipment or a recipe book on eating healthy. All you have to do is consume less calories than you are now and burn more calories than you currently do. Have 3 Oreos instead of 10. Park in a not so convenient parking spot the next time you’re at the store. Once you start to see any weight coming off you will start making bigger adjustments because you will see what it is doing for you and how good it is making you feel.

Food Pyramid

When I say eat less, I don't mean less times!

We might think we’re doing ourselves a favor by skipping out on meals as a method of “watching what we eat” but we’re not. There are so many reasons why we should eat small amounts frequently throughout the day. For one thing, skipping meals generally will only cause us to be hungrier once it’s time to sit down and eat and we will wind up eating more than a healthy serving. Also, the more we eat, the more our body needs to digest. Our body is good at digesting smaller amounts at a time and anything more than that it will just save for later. What we do not burn will be stored as fat.

Simple Tips

  • Our bodies love water and it is one of, if not the best thing we can put in it. On top of the health benefits from consuming a lot of water it will also help curb your appetite.
  • If you truly enjoy snacking or find it hard to stop and eat small frequent meals then keep make better snacking choices. Instead of a bag of chips or a Twinkie keep fresh fruit, nuts or yogurt covered raisins on hand. Grab a big handful and leave the container behind. When we sit down with a package we are likely to eat more than we realize.
  • Use a smaller plate and bowl. We have a tendency to have large dishes and then we feel the need to fill the dish. If you opt for the smaller plate or bowl in your cupboard then you are likely to end up consuming much less food in one sitting. We tend to eat until our plates or bowls are empty and you can do so with a smaller dish without consuming all of the calories that we otherwise would with the bigger dishes.
  • Don’t eat until you’re full, eat until you’re satisfied. It is okay to leave food on a plate.
  • Don’t wait until you’re starving to eat because you will likely take more, eat faster and eat more.
  • Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Because we have waited until we are hungry or because something looks particularly yummy or because our favorite dish is cooked, we get excited and take a large portion. It is okay to want a lot, but start with a little. Take one fair amount and tell yourself that you could always go back for seconds rather than starting with seconds on the first time around. Chances are, you will be satisfied when your first plate is cleared and will chose not to have seconds.
  • Slow down! Talk while you eat; it’s okay as long as you don’t talk while you chew. Take smaller bites, chew more often and set your utensil down occasionally. It takes our food a moment to get where it’s got to go and for our brains to recognize that it’s in there. Give your body a chance to understand that you are feeding it and you will likely find yourself satisfied with less food.
  • Do you have any idea what you’re eating? I’m good for grabbing something from the kitchen every time I walk by it. By the end of the day I honestly have no idea what I’ve eat or how many calories I’ve consumed. Now I said don’t overwhelm yourself and while being aware of calories is great, just being aware of how much you’re eating is beneficial. For one week, even a day, write down what you’re eating. Leave a notebook on a shelf and every time you eat something write it down. Look back at the end of the day; you might be surprised how many things you’ve put in your mouth that you had didn’t even realize. This might just help you to deter from a couple of kitchen pit stops tomorrow.

Can you see your feet?

You deserve this!

There really aren’t very many happy fat people, if they are happy it has nothing to do with them being fat. Those that defend their fatness are probably either in denial or getting their motivation from other defense mechanisms. Okay, you can convince yourself that fat is sexy but it’s not healthy. You’re reducing the quantity and quality of your life. Don’t do it for anyone else! There is nobody that is too good to lose weight. There is no such thing as too far gone or too far to go. Start today; jump in and stick with it. Let me know what it’s like to see your feet again! I’ll buy you a new pair of shoes in honor of the victory!

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    • Cantuhearmescream profile image
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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lurana,

      Thank you, I'm honored. I so dislike the idea of focusing on a size or weight... it's more about just being healthy and happy and improving the quality of life. Not everyone will be a size zero, thank goodness :D, but we should all feel comfortable in our skin.

      The bulimia thing, that's definitely hard to be so open about, it's a shameful thing and I cringe each time I see I've referred to it. But I had all the knowledge in the world I'd ever need about Bulimia, thanks to dozens of psychology classes and medical training and yet, I fell victim. It's a psycological issue, for sure and I want to help people feel better about themselves because struggling with insecurites and a lack of self-worth is a very sad place to be. Thank you for sharing your story, I personally appreciate that more than you can probably imagine. I don't think it truly makes sense to someone unless they've dealt with it.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing!

      Cat

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Awesome---so much truth and good advice. While I support the efforts of "anti-sizeism" people who work against the meanness our society shows towards heavy people, I agree with you that accepting how we look now does NOT mean we give up on better health and a full life.

      I applaud your admission about bulimia so very much. I'm also a recovering bulimic and know the weight/body-image/depression struggle painfully well. Thanks for calling attention to the underlying reasons we make excuses for not taking care of ourselves. ~Lurana

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      Aw... you're so gracious, regardless of the topic. Well, you and I discussed health and diet before and like I said, I'm certainly no health nut... I have my guilty pleasures. I've always been blessed with not having to "work" for a healthy figure, I always did what I did and no consequences. My parents have been raising my niece since she was born; she's 15 now and pushing 300 pounds. When she was 8 years old, she was giving me her hand-me-downs :-) I smile, but it's not funny. The problem is, they've always spoiled her, as grandparents should, but they are not really her grandparents, they're her parents in a sense. So I've been really trying to help them see the err of their ways and I see it everywhere, people fat and/or unhealthy and depressed about it.

      You had to go bringing up the bulimia thing... :-)... obviously I can't hide from that way as I have a hub about it. But... I'll tell you, I'm 5'4 ish and somewhere around 115 pounds. I've looked the same since 7th grade and I've never been fat or even remotely overweight. Yes, I have 2 kids but I didn't show until the 7th month with either of them and I was back in my pre-prego clothes 2 weeks after bringing them home from the hospital. So, why? Long story... but it has a lot to do with a really unhealthy relationship where I bent over backwards to be "perfect" for him and he never voiced his opinion and so I took his lack of words for "not good enough". When I learned all about bulimia in my dozens of Psychology classes, I remembered thinking... how stupid, why would anyone ever do that. Well, I don't think anyone chooses it and it's probably hard to understand, but I fell into a bad trap and just kind of hung out there for a while... I have to say, though I was beatin' the snot out of my body internally, I never had any outward tell tale signs... it went on for quite longer than anyone knew because you couldn't see it from the outside and you know the kicker... I wasn't any smaller when I was doing it. But, I thank the lucky stars that, by myself... I got through it and I'm healthier physically and psychologically now. That was a lot to swallow huh?

      Anyway.... thank you, seriously. Your support means so much to me.

      Yours Truly,

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      This a really useful,and informative Hub....brought back some memories of when I was 17,and I went out with a woman who had bulimia.Never suspected at first,but noticed she was always pale and veiny,but when she started playing the Carol Carpenter music videos on the T.V. I clicked,and eventually got her sorted out.She had a poor body image,even though she had a lovely figure for her age-it was all IN HER HEAD.

      She was older than me,and her normal body weight was voluptuous,but I think she felt pressured partly by the fact that she was dating a younger man(me),and also,that she felt she had to compete with some of her work colleagues;also,because she had lost her Grandma,with whom she was very close to.

      Strangely enough,she had blonde hair and blue eyes,just like you....

      Thumbs up for a necessary Hub,that sparkles with experience,and your amazing brand of humour,with a useful and hopeful conscience pricker for those who are no stranger to the sweet trolley.

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kaythryn,

      Haha, well I'm certainly not trying to be rude, but I don't like "textbook" or sugarcoating; those are the kind of articles I read that don't stick with me, just trying to get people to listen up. I'm probably right where you are, the winter always has a way of slowing me down and speeding the eating up :-). Just a few pounds, that's not so bad, and by the way... I would've never suspected you were fat :-)

      Yes, like many, I am an instant gratification kind of person... I want results and I want them now, I find myself easily discouraged when I start anything different but don't see results... not just diet related, but everything in life. With that said, patience is important with weight loss or getting in shape. All we have to do is change one thing we're doing wrong and we will see positive results. Now that I'm out of my 20's, barely... I wan't to be a little more conscious of how I take care of myself.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing! I know... I see you around all the time to and I know I've been over to a hub or two... actually, I thought I was already following you, I'll have to fix that! Thanks again! You have a great weekend too!

      Cat

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, you tell it like it is! You have quite a lot of good tips and valuable information. I only have a few pounds to lose (and I am not fat), but it is still encouraging to read this. Losing weight can be as hard as you let it be. Making small changes will cause weight loss, you just have to be patient! And I know from experience that once it happens, it feels really good. It's great to be healthy!

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I see you all over Hubville, especially Colin's beautiful poetry hubs, so I decided to come back and check out some of your articles. I like that you speak out about what you believe in. And it is cool that you're a fire fighter. You don't look like a stereotypical one, that's for sure! I have a lot of respect for workers like you.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Alex,

      You mind if I call you Alex ('tis my son's name... Alexander the great and Catherine the great... something to it? :-)

      Thank you and I'm honored by your presence. I must admit... my writing is all over the place, it's a matter of what inspires me at the moment and I also must confess, that I probably hold back a bit myself. Don't hold back let it go! I've found that there will be critics of even the most beautiful of writings, so, hey... if you can't please 'em all, at least be true to yourself. Honestly, I prefer the real and raw to the generic and sweet. It's easier to get through to a person when we don't sugarcoat things.

      Thanks again for stopping by and I'm past due for a stop by your pages!

      Cat

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      Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Hahahaha... yessss! Love this one. I think a lot of people play it safe and don't come out and say what they are really thinking. I did a hub a few months ago about weight loss tips. I admit that I did it to please the Google gods... and I decided to keep my sarcastic comments out of it. The hub did well but I don't feel good about it because I held back! So it's refreshing to read a hub like this. I love the sass. Plus, it actually has some useful info in it. You go girl, with your bad self. *3 snaps and a circle*

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Deb,

      Oh thank you so much! I'm no personal trainer... I'm not even a health nut. I just can't stand to see us, as a society, allow ourselves to abuse our bodies and what's even worse is the way we feel when we are unhappy with our bodies is abuse to our mental state. Most people don't want to be fat, overweight or out of shape, but we get in a groove and when we don't know how to get out we find ourselves depressed and at a loss. Just hoping to motivate someone... we all have bad habits. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing!

      Blessings!

      Cat

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ok i am on my way to the gym...lol... hey great hub.. great advice..i am sharing on my healthy page on facebook

      Blessings

      Deb

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh my dearest Colin, I just had coffee come out of my nose. I should no better than to attempt multi-tasking when reading your comments! You're so stinkin' funny... and probably one of the few who understands me rather than fearing my oddities. Do you know what it's like to have everyone always looking at you with a raised eyebrow? :-)

      I'm honored by your praise, especially coming from not only my sweet hubbie, but the King of the HUB!

      Dinner sounds divine... let me know when you have room for two!

      Warm hugs and sweet kisses to the only guy that can take my breath away and breath life into me at the same time! ;-)

      Your other Cat

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Cat!!!!! He said , out of breath, you and I are probably the only two hubbers who can keep it up and do it at least 3 or 4 times a day.

      Making comments to each other.

      And the only issues I have with my weight - is I gain it when you walk by my front hub door - meowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

      lol

      Love the way you put these hubs together - truly deserved to be on the Hub Louvre wall of fame and I can tell each one is a true labor of love because you must be having as much fun creating them as I do reading them.

      Just cooked up an awesome stir fry of chicken, noodles, veggies and honey garlic sauce.

      Epi is cooking tonight just like when he arrives here on your happening scene my dear.

      lake erie timeless for you

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      overcoming456,

      Thank you so much!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      thetravelgal,

      Thank you so much! I'm certainly not a health nut, but I don't want to send myself to an early grave and a lot of us take our health and bodies for granted. I really appreciate your kind words! Get that cholesterol down!

      Thanks!

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      vanSpijck B.V. 4 years ago from CL Zwijndrechtl

      No, doubt..This is a clear and helpful hub. I like it. Thanks

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      thetravelgal 4 years ago

      This is such a clear and helpful hub. The way you right makes it easy to keep to it, like the switches from light to serious tone. Might even take it to heart, literally too, I've got to reduce all that cholesterol.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael,

      Aw gee thanks! If only everyone was like you ;-)

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream don't think about it too much...just be yourself and share what feels right...your readers will appreciate it.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael,

      Well, I have about 15 half started hubs and some are "funny" and some are real life issues, I guess. I'm afraid if I spend too much time in one place then I will only have people listening to me from one side or the other. Don't we all talk about all different kinds of stuff in our daily lives? I don't want to be stuck in any "group". I've left my Nantucket hub too be continued... but I figured I needed something "real" in between. Still workin' on that blog though! And thanks Michael, seriously. I appreciate it.

      Cat

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream trust me...I know exactly what you mean. I personally think you did a great job mixing the two...you have serious content with funny pics...great job...shows people they can talk about important issue and have a sense of humor about it at the same time.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael!!!

      Hey, I felt like I should've had a disclaimer "This title may appear to lead to a funny hub, but it's not". I almost find it hard to write about something somewhat serious after posting several "funny" hubs. People click on them expecting to be funny and say "Ahh, how the hell did I get over here? What the hell is this crap?" Anyway, thanks bud! I had one of your hubs open for about 13 hours yesterday in one of my tabs but my damn ADHD gets the best of me. I feel like I'm skipping a meal when I don't visit your page! It's awesome to hear from you! Thanks again... you're the best!

      Cat

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      Awesome Hub...you are such a great writer and have such an amazing sense of humor...I love it. Very well said...and oh so true. Keep up the good work.

      Voted up across the board baby...you're one of the best writers on Hub Pages.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      damianoooo,

      Okay, now I definitely know this could be its own hub :-) I'm not sure what things are like over there but you certainly have a keen awareness and appreciation. How great that you have been able to work with those who I'm sure truly benefited from your nurturing demeanor.

      I don't know if food is anymore so the drug of choice over here than any other, but food and unhealthy eating are definitely common. I think we don't regard food as an obvious vice and so maybe more acceptable. Tha's awesome that you guys have a campaign dedicated to mental health. We have been losing teenage students to suicide a lot lately and it breaks my heart. Poor mental health doesn't present itself like poor physical health. I think walneed to be more aware of building good self-esteems and there should be no stigmas associated with any of it.

      Self-love is essential and I think that this is where we are failing. Thank you so much for sharing.

      Cat

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      damian0000 4 years ago from Belfast

      You are too kind Cat! :-)

      --- over here there is a campaign going on about mental health and particularly amongst young men... I think it has been prompted by the high number of suicides of young men in N Ireland. We all face problems... but at least in general women are much more prepared to face up to their problems and discuss it with their friends.

      Men tend to dismiss it with bravado and just keep on going as if those problems don't exist. I have done a little bit of work with mental health charities, the effects of grief after the death of a loved one... or the effects of sexual abuse on a child --- even the effects of an over-bearing parent telling their child that they can never be good enough... can be quite devastating!

      Perhaps in America, obesity is the symptom --- food is the unquestioning friend in times of trouble whereas over here it is usually alcohol or drugs.

      Of course it is important for us to recognise the damage that these do, to admit that you are an alcoholic or a drug-abuser but I think that we must also be aware that something is pushing people towards drugs, alcohol, over-eating and that the addiction is very often a symptom of poor self-esteem and a lack of self-love.

      That's why hubs like these are so important --- we are all looking for that perfect person to fulfil and complete our lives but the most important love that we can receive is from ourselves...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      damian0000,

      Thank you! I feel like I could turn your comment into a hub of it's own. You have such a great perspective and insight on these often neglected issues. I especially find it rare for the male species to have much thoughts or feelings, let alone offer them aloud. Yes, I admit, it is a little awkward discussing my struggle with bulimia as I find it quite shameful and embarrassing. However, I couldn't have been any more of "normal girl" and I had never had a weight issue, eating problems or been out of shape, but I let my mind run away with me. I think that mental health is too often neglected and we are apt to miss poor psychological health until after it has affected our physical health. Thank you so much, you words are so positive! You made my day :-)

      Cat

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      damian0000 4 years ago from Belfast

      Hi Cat --- love this hub and it is a very contentious and difficult issue that you talk about.

      It's very brave of you to discuss your own struggles with bulimia and how you feel that it is not so different to obesity : I think that you are absolutely right, so many of our addictions are in our heads and are related to self-worth and the opinions of others.

      You take a lot of the really key problems and tackle them head-on --- we do have to take each day at a time, if we have a fixed number in our head about the number of pounds we want to weigh and this is our sole pro-occupation, then there is a good chance that we might even achieve our target but slip back into bad old habits soon after.

      And the self-image thing : it is SO important, we have to make good changes in our lives for ourselves and enjoy the benefits that they bring to us, not to other people...

      To be able to take a walk in the park, or even up a steep flight of stairs... to be able to play with our kids without soon becoming out of breath --- is one of the great things in life.

      To be truly happy within our own skins is really one of the great joys in life...

      Great hub Cat! :-)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lesleysherwood,

      Oh Heaven's no! I'd be honored. Thanks :-)

      Cat

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      I love the video. Do you mind if it share it on facebook

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lesleysherwood,

      Thank you! I agree, I think most weight related issues are the result of poor thought processes; it is a psychological stuggle. What you said about being a celebrity is so true. I feel the pressure and I am just a simple, normal person. God forbid you gain a pound and it could be the talk of the town. I can sympathize with celebrities at the same time, I think it's unfortunate that us "normal" people are expected to compete with people that have access to personal trainers, cosmetic surgiers, air-brushing, etc. These are unrealistic expectations I shutter to think about what my daughter is up against. I think it is imperative that we instill a sense of self-worth and healthy self-esteems in our children because the stronger they are, the harder it will be to fall. Aging... oye, that could be a whole hub of it's own! :-)

      Thank you so much for your comments, they are much appreciated!

      Cat

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      What an excellent hub Cat and how true your early statements. No one wants drug advice from someone who's never had a drug problem. Whether we're skinny or fat, there are those of us who are fighting a war in our heads regarding food. Its on our minds all day everyday. If we were fat and have found ourselves in the 'yo yo dieting' battle. That little voice inside is always pressuring us to EAT EAT EAT... then all our 'so called' friends can talk to each other and say (did you see Lesley, she put on all her weight again..) For this reason I am pleased to not be a celebrity. The pressure for them must be awful, always having to 'look good', even when they're aging and never being able to go freely on the beach without 'mail online' photographers with the zoom lens. I suppose that's the life they chose, but did they realise what it would REALLY be like. Me thinks not.

      One things for sure, for a lot of us, eating has nothing to do with being hungry and full.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Hariom Singhal,

      Eat like a pig, work like a bull might work; unfortunately a lot of people eat like a pig and don't work at all! :-)

      Thanks for stopping and commenting. I'll check it out

      Yes, I will check out your hub, I don't know if you realize it but you keep posting the same link in each of my hubs that you visit.

      Cat

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      Hariom 4 years ago from INDIA (Haryana) SAMPLA

      Eat like a pig work like a bull.It is a saying by someone. But after reading your article it clear that by eating like pig man become pig. Pig full of fat.

      http://hariomsinghal.hubpages.com/hub/NO-fasting-N...

      I try to write some easy way to loose weight on this hub.Read this hub.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      stacytm,

      I agree. I wanted my title to draw in people that are interested in losing weight and my summary includes being healthy. You are right, just because someone is not fat doesn't mean they are healthy, I can appreciate this as much as anyone and that is why I spoke of my previous bulimia. Everyone should take care of their health. Thanks for stopping.

      Cat

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      stacytm 4 years ago from London

      I've been trying to become healthy even though I'm not fat. I think it's important that people realise that even though you may look skinny or slim on the outside, on the inside you could be just as bad and you could suffer the same risks.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      vandynegl,

      Thanks a lot! I'm not trying to be a teacher and I'm no professional but I can't stand to see the way we neglect our health and you're right, everyone has an excuse. I'd like the world to take notice, begin to care and make a change so that when my children grow up it will be more "normal" to be healthy than it is now. Thanks so much for stopping and commenting!

      Cat

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Super hub! I like your "get to the point" attitude! My favorite excuse to hear is: It runs in my family. Sigh......

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      Thank you so much, you always make my day and have a way of inspiring too! You have a great day as well!

      Cat

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Cat, well I am inspired by you as usual :) You do all great things and I like to follow on ;) You have a great day ahead !!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Georgie,

      All I can say is wow and thank you! I am sorry to hear about the negative things that you've had to go through but hopefully some good has come from it. I'm glad to hear that you are getting healthy and not because "thin is in" but because you deserve to live a long and productive life. I violently nodded my head while reading your entire comment. It wouldn't seem that someone who struggled with bulimia could relate to someone who struggled with obesity, but your words were all too familiar. The more "support" I got from others or the more "down" I felt about what I was doing only made me plunge deeper into my bad habits. Guilt would lead me right to a whole batch of brownies! I pretty much had to start dying before I truly started to get healthy again. I struggled for more than 4 years with bulimia and the entire time I was ashamed and "wanted" to stop, but like you said, "you have to be ready" and there really isn't anything anyone can do get you there. Thank you soooo much for sharing, I really appreciate it! Stay healthy!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      I've realized that being healthy is so much more important that being a certain size, number or weight. We only have one body and I don't know why we neglect and abuse them. I have never been overweight; my bulimia was more about insecurities than anything else. I'm glad to hear that you're conscious about your health! I don't think snacks and junk foods should be totally avoided, I know I love them, but we need to put good things into our bodies too. I know you are aware of healthy foods because of your yummy recipe hubs! Thanks for stopping and your continued support as usual!

      Cat

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      I was like most fat people. The really fat ones. In 2006, I weighed 400 pounds at 5'3" tall. Then I had a breakup that in part involved my physical condition, and I ended up losing 100 pounds that year - pretty much from starving myself. I found a new guy, one that didn't care about my weight, so off the diet I went.

      The thing is that a lot of fat people are like folks with chemical dependencies. We'll give them up when we're good and ready. It took my mother's death in 2011 to push me to get it together. She was only 63 and I had just turned 40. I refused to believe that I only had 20 years left in me.

      In 2012, because of dietary changes and exercise, I lost 70 pounds pretty much from May till October.

      Pep talks don't work. Cold hard facts don't work. Riding somebody about their weight and what they can do to change it often pushes them the other way. I'd go to the doctor, be told I needed to lose a massive amount of weight, go home and eat a box of Twinkies because I was depressed about the visit. It's just like folks who have the gastric bypass and gain all the weight back. They wanted to lose it, but weren't ready to put in the work to do it yet.

      The point is that there usually has to be a catalyst. Some... thing that pushes us into that state of readiness that we all have to reach for any kind of change like this to be successful.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Well Cat reading your hub I think I need to stop making excuses and hit the gym on a regular basis, or soon I might end up at the point, where it's hard to see my own feet :) Atleast I have cut out on my snacks and coke a bit now.... I think I should take a lead of your book, you look more like a perfect healthy sized girl , so I believe this hub doesn't apply to you anymore :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Thanks so much! It's almost hard to transition back and forth between serious and funny articles, but I am passionate about real issues. Thanks for the support as usual. You're the best!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This hub is really constructed well, and the headings are very clever...and as a bonus, there is one hell of a message tucked in as a bonus. Well done, Cat.