The Stigma

It starts at a young age. Don’t believe me? Try being fat in elementary school. People notice. I promise. Ask any person that was overweight or obese in grade school. I can assure you that they can share story after story of time that they were bullied because of their weight. Unfortunately, this trend continues through life.

Stigma, a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

It wasn’t long ago that being fat was considered a sign of health, wealth, and strength. But at the dawn of the 19th century we began to learn the negative health effects of being overweight and obese.

Enter, The Stigma.

For most of the 20th century, little was done to learn about the cause of obesity. Nutrition science was vague. Eat less, move more was birthed. Along came many food companies, many of them offering grain based and synthetic man made fats with little research into their long term health benefits. Obesity rates skyrocketed. Today, nearly 40% of adults are obese with many more overweight and the medical cost of that comes in at a whopping 147 billion dollars a year according to the CDC.

The stigma behind being obese needs to stop. The medical community has done little to help obese people understand their weight gain and how to lose weight. I can’t say it’s all their fault. Today’s medical practices aren’t set up or designed to do this. Food and diet companies are mainly focused on selling a product and rarely focused on caring for and meeting the individuals needs. Weight loss supplements and MLM companies are a dime a dozen trying to cash in on the obesity epidemic. Shows like “The Biggest Loser” show a false reality of weight loss in which most of the contestants gain all the weight back after the show. Severe caloric restriction and chronic exercise lead to metabolic damage and adrenal fatigue.

I don’t believe anyone wants to be fat. I don’t believe you got overweight on purpose. I don’t think you are lazy. I don’t think you lack discipline. I don’t believe you are a bad person. And you deserve to be taken seriously. I would even venture to guess that at this point in the game you are fed up and frustrated with all the failed attempts to lose weight and keep it off. Again, it’s not your fault. Not only does food effect us physically, but they also have an emotional attachment. It’s HARD to change your diet. Especially if you don’t know what a good diet is! The odds are stacked against you in to todays world. Food options are horrendous. And many others can seemingly eat the same things and never gain a pound leading to the confusion. Don’t be fooled…those foods are still causing damage and aging to occur. While those folks can appear to eat anything and not gain a pound will likely end up with neurological disease, type 2 diabetes or other auto immune disorder.

This isn’t about appearance. It’s about health. And if we don’t start getting real about the dangers of obesity and what causes it, it will literally bankrupt America.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off. I believe in you. I believe if you finally understand how various foods work in your body you will be able to “hack” todays food choices to help you reach your goals and have the health that you long for.

There is a growing number of individuals, many who have overcome being overweight and obese, who wish to bring hope and change to obese people that want to change. We are health coaches. And we are here to teach you how food works. We are here to teach you what the role of fat, protein and carbohydrates are in your body.

Do you think you need a health coach? Read about that here. But not all heath coaches are the same. Some claim the title of “health coach” when in reality they are pushing their network marketing product. Beware of these. Find out that has had rigorous training in nutrition and has success with themselves and others. Find one that practices what they preach.

Why hire a health coach? Well, you don’t have to. Honestly, I wish we didn’t exist. But I’m glad we do. You can go find information online about how carbohydrates and sugar lead to weight gain. But then you’d have to sift through all the information. And once you’ve found a way you feel good about, you don’t even know if it works for you. And do you really have that time to spare? You could find credible names like Chris Kresser, Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, and Abel James. I’d be super happy if you did. But if you just want a regular Joe who understands the same stuff those credible names (hint) teach and will help you along the way, consider a health coach.

Shameless self promotion here.