Why do some people with no athletic/fitness background consider themselves educated in these areas?
The majority of overweight people are not in good health and while some overweight people may be currently or temporarily healthy, if their weight is not lost it will slowly negate their overall health. I know of an overweight man who insists that overweight people are healthy. He has never been athletic or fit, let alone studied human health, fitness, or biology yet he spouts this misinformation as do others in this same boat, online and off. What do these types of people get out of giving misinformation to others?
Perhaps it's a form of denial. I have known overweight people who insist they are healthy as can be, then in the same breath complain of aches, pains and ailments. Having lived on both sides of this coin, I can tell you that many, not all, but many overweight people face the same issues addicts face and display a lot of the same characteristics including denial, shifting blame, distorted self-image etc. It is not easy to be fit and healthy, but it is equally difficult to be overweight and out of shape and feel powerless to change it. Sometimes, instead of stepping up and learning the proper way to eat/live properly it is just easier to make excuses or continue to turn a blind eye to the signs your body gives you.
i would also state that some overweight people can be healthy for awhile - it will catch up with you eventually though. I am losing some weight again right now that slowly creeped back on over the past year. I tend to be a stress eater - and having a son that was seriously injured, another son starting school, a business to run etc. I slipped back into some old habits - despite knowing better and knowing exactly what to do. It's not always easy to "own" something we've done to sabotage ourselves so I try to not judge people too harshly.
I ask this after a friend of a friend told an athletic trainer how to lose weight when said pro did not need to lose weight & the advice was unsolicited from someone who's very overweight, has no fitness/med. exp. I'd be insulted as was the pro.
Well it comes down to who the people you are around and your lifestyle on what you deem as heavy according to many studies. A good example for instance would be a person being 230 pound and 5'10 and hangs out with tennis players. They may see his as unhealthy. Now if the same person was around NFL Line backers he might be seen as light and needs to gain weight.
I do agree with you and believe there are many people who should really not give advice. However we should tread carefully as to not judge based on peoples physical qualities but by the extent of a persons knowledge.
They do a lot of research for themselves, and think they know everything.
It's not a joke! Half knowledge can be dangerous. We shouldn't be giving advice on topics which we have limited knowledge.
I witnessed an athletic trainer being told how to lose weight by an overweight person who has no medical, athletic/fitness, or scientific training...without the trainer ever asking. The trainer was ticked. That's just wrong and so was the advice!
I agree, it's a form of denial but in a broader sense, there are people who don't practice what they preach. Sad but true.
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