July 16, 2004

Help me, I'm sick

So being overweight is now classified as an illness, which means our freaking tax dollars will be spent on "curing" people. Okay, I have to say it: bull and shit. If I catch the flu, that's an illness. My grandmother died from cancer, which is known in some circles as a disease. My sister suffers from an autoimmune disorder, which means that she's sick pretty much full-time. In the last 2 years, I gained 20 pounds. Did that mean I was sick? Am I taking antibiotics to help me? Will drinking chicken soup cure me? Of course not, because I'M F**CKING FAT!!!. Ohmigod! What can I do if the government won't spend money on my treatment? I'll tell you what: I've restricted my caloric intake and started running again after a 2-1/2 year layoff. I'm down 11 pounds and counting. Overeating is not a disease. It's a bad habit or a lack of will, sometimes both. Fuck. I'm absolutely sick of crybabies whining that they aren't responsible for their own actions. Useless pissants.

I'll offer one caveat: 10 years ago a friend of mine(about 100 pounds overweight) was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. His doctor told him that if he continued taking the supplement and didn't change his eating habits, he'd lose about 1 poung a month. So yes, there is some small, insignificant portion of the population that actually have diseases that can contribute to their obesity. Eating like a pig doesn't qualify as one of those illnesses.

Posted by: Physics Geek at 02:37 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I'm still sticking with my favorite dieting advice: Eat less, exercise more. When you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.

Posted by: Harvey at July 16, 2004 04:47 PM (tJfh1)

2 Most people don't want to hear that answer. If you want to write a best-selling diet book, avoid mention of the exercise word at all costs. Motto: no pain, no pain.

Posted by: physics geek at July 16, 2004 07:47 PM (Xvrs7)

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