Why are people overweight?
Recently on Swedish TV, a famous woman spoke so horribly about overweight people that her appearence on the show had to be cut. Instead of trying to understand, this person attacked the overweight people and called them "Lazy and unhappy."
Today there's a huge outlet of things that can help people loose weight. Websites that counts calories, exercise videos on Youtube, membership clubs for weightloss.... but despite all this there's still a lot of people overweight. If these methods works so well, why aren't people loosing weight? I'm going to speak about some reasons that is behind overweight to create understanding. I don't list them in order of importance. I don't list metabolic problems, due to most people already knowing about them.
Who can look at another person and see that they have so much psysical problems that moving is difficult? I don't even think Superman could with his xray vision. Being overweight often leads to psysical problems, whether it's pain or health problems. When you have an extra 20kg to carry around, that's 20kg more than a normal weight person has by each step. It sounds pretty rough in that perspective, huh? Then imagine those that have even more extra weight to carry each step.
Healthproblems can make it dangerous to overextend the body, which forces the person to only do simple motions. Those movements might not be enough that requires the person to loose weight. It's easy for people to judge someone that risks dying if they put too much work into things. They can't see the danger with their eyes.
When you are depressed, the body has a defense mechanism to shut the body down, which leads to inactiveness and an inability to be active. It's not something somebody choses! It's a primitive survival mechanism the body has so that it could survive difficult times when there were a few resources to survive on. That survival instinct doesn't help us today, when most things are easily available to us.
To feel mentally unwell is a big problem in todays society. You're expected to pretend being happy for "others sake", because "nobody likes someone who is always negative." You spend each day, carrying sorrow and dissapointment, while you try to keep a mask up for the world to think you are okay. The more you keep inside, the more depressed you feel. You start to avoid activities you used to enjoy, because you stop enjoying them. You get so absorbed by the pain inside and yet you are scared to talk about it, because you don't want to push people away.
I suffer from PTSD and I can't bring up the trauma with everyone I meet. People can't manage listening to what happened to me. I meet a psychiatrist once a week. That's the only time I can let my feelings out. Everytime I have been there I feel renewed, stronger. Then I return to my daily routine of hiding my feelings about the trauma, pretending to be happy and without concern. The longer I go without those talks, the worse I start to feel. My body gets tired and I loose interest for things.
So it's not about "being unhappy", as it's about the fact that it's difficult to get support for your sorrow. Some things aren't healed by 3 talks with a therapist. There's not a determined time that decides that you are healer. Whether it's sorrow, dissapointment or frustration because of someone else. The bodys only defense is to shut down the body and it becomes difficult to be active.
When you feel well, you enjoy doing things. The good days I have, I take long walks, do little things around the apartment and get so much done. On my bad days it's difficult to even motivate myself to make breakfast. Usually I just make a sandwhich because it's quick and easy. The thought of "eating healthy and working out" doesn't exist. You're on low energy and just try to get through the day.
Healthy food is expensive
The healthier a food is, the more expensive it is. It's like that with anything of good quality. It's cheap for companies to produce food with substances that makes you hungry and crave sugar. It's cheaper to buy objects with dangerous chemicals instead of buying products that are safer. I try to buy healthy food as much as I can, but not everything becomes organic. It's too expensive for me to buy. When you don't have a lot of money, it's economic to buy something for 10 Swedish kr than it is to purchase the very healthy option for 40kr. In the future, hopefully the costs will be reduced so that more people will have access to healthy food.