Fat Is Not A Disease
This weekend I passed a major milestone in my weight-loss, and I was very pleased.
Six days before Christmas I was hospitalised briefly. My CBC came back with flying colours. My blood sugar was not elevated and all other levels were good. Except for the white blood cell count--elevated and the blood in my urine.
In short, I wasn't hospitalised because I was fat. I was hospitalised for something else entirely. And even though I'm a good deal less fat than I used to be, I was still sick and still in the hospital.
That's why stuff like this irks me.
The discussion is about the Nutrisystem weight loss ads where some moron rejoices about "[getting his] wife back" because she's lost 33 pounds. In the comments newton says
i'd beg to differ. any time that [my wife] bwe doesn't feel good about herself, for whatever reason, i get less of her and who she is. imagine that the commercial was for antidepressants and not jenny craig or whatever. would you feel the same way about it then?
Folks, forget what you've heard. Being fat, unlike being depressed or having cancer, is not a disease. Sure, it can complicate other conditions you have, but so can being out of shape or being short. Having narrow hips can make it extremely hard to deliver a baby vaginally, yet you don't hear narrow-hippedness being referred to as an illness. Being fat is a condition of the body. Not the most desirable condition for many people. I myself am quite happy to have lost weight. Yet I don't think it means my husband is "getting his wife back".
I've been here for our entire marriage. I am now thinner than I have been in 11 years--more than 2/3rds of our marriage. I certainly hope my spouse doesn't feel like he's been living with an imposter his whole life.