Simple! Self denial...... and can't resist the temptation of yummy food...
A big reason some people make excuses for being overweight is because they find it extremely hard and confusing to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan. Fatty and sugary foods are extremely addictive and are hard to get away from when you are used to consuming them.
Losing weight can also be quite intimidating and overwhelming, especially when one has a lot of weight to lose. Self esteem issues usually play a big role in the problem as well.
Mainly because we are asked so many rude questions about it. And, as accidental writer so clearly pointed out, general opinion is that people who are overweight eat too much and are lazy. I take in about 1200 calories a day and spend my life chasing after toddlers and cleaning a house. I ride horses, do nature walks, swim, and do yoga nightly. Why am I overweight? Don't know and don't care. These wide hips gave birth to four children and my wide shoulders and big thighs have lugged them on my hips for 17 years now. Hell, I'm kinda proud of them. But if asked too many loaded and obviously derrogatory questions about it, I would probably make something up just to make the questioner go away.
maybe: I got this fat by eating annoying skinny people who asked to many questions...
The better question would be why should they (we) have to? It's not your body, you don't have to live in it, if you don't like it, look elswhere. I like myself just the way I am, and my wife does too. There's no one else I'm concerned about making excuses for.
Hi Tina2011, your question is an interesting one. most people like passing blames for their own responsibilities. Your body is a gift of trust from your creator ! so it's your responsibility to take good care
of it. The truth is when you take good care of your body most people will love you for it. On the other hand when your body is in bad shape all you get is lots of sympathy trust me you will have little or no genuine friends at all.....i have a good article on my glog that covers this. have a great day.
In general,I think at times some people are made to feel like they have to make an excuse for being overweight.
They blame on genetics but I know that might be somewhat true but not completely.
To avoid ridicule. We mistreat people who struggle with obesity. We also skew the terms as to what a healthy body looks like. Weight is by far the worst gauge to measure physical healthiness. Body/height proportion, measurements, body fat %, lean muscle %, etc., blood pressure, cholesterol are far more effective.
As a personal trainer, the hardest thing for clients to come to terms with is their body image, that they must somehow be a certain weight or shape. To avoid the pressure and stigma, a lot of folks will say they only eat 1200 calories a day, work all day, workout, etc., and omit the parts where they don't record their calories. Why? Because we treat someone who struggles with weight abusively and unfairly.
When our cultural perception of a healthy body adjusts to being healthy relative to OUR body's natural way of being, excuses will diminish. Healthy relative to our natural way of being might merit asking ourselves: do we have hips and are busty? Are we naturally very thin? Are we bulky and muscular? Or lean and gaunt?
Voluptuous and curvy does not mean obese. But keep in mind, it's not a euphemism for obese, either.
When weight stops being a measurement we think is the end-all-be-all for healthy body image, it will become a lot easier to become healthy and physically fit.
I am with Melissa Barrett. Sometimes there is no excuse, and MAYBE annoying waif- like people should mind there own business, if their life was fulfilling they wouldn't even ask. And I think the real question is, "Why are "skinny" people so unhappy with themselves that they ask overweight people why they are overweight?" And the usual answer is either, they are so unhappy with their lives that they want others to feel bad, or they are jealous of the AMAZING curves, most full-figured women get (a.k.a. boob envy). So go ahead, eat your celery, I think I'll have my pasta, then go work out by having "relations" with my HOT fiance.... wait are you single?
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