One way is in the judgemental way people act towards other people who do carry a bit, or in some cases much, more "insulation" or fat than they need.
A 2nd is the fear that they themselves will become fat if they ingest any fat into their body.
And yet another is that one may become fat by being near another person who is heavier than the 1st person likes.
I have a real problem with all of these. Now, I'm sure we've all reacted to a seriously obese person waddling down the street eating an ice cream cone. We've all thought, wow, what the H___ are they doing? That sure isn't going to help them at all. Right? Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. You have. I know I've thought it from time to time. As a trainer, I want to help this person but some people think they have the right to humiliate this person.
Its as if they believe that the victim/recipient of this venom has no idea that there is more fat than necessary on their body. Seriously? People are well aware of their body fat, you morons. Sorry, judgemental.
This can be incredibly rude and hurtful to the recipient. It never ceases to amaze me how some people seem to believe that their opinion is of such value and demand that they may say any and everything they wish and to whomever they wish. Wrong! You don't.
First of all, we have no idea of their story. It could be medical, emotional, genetics and so on. It's not necessarily that this person is lazy as some would like to think. Maybe it is, either way, not your business.
Obesity can be fixed to an extent. I'm not so sure about dumb a__holery.
The next one, well, thats a head wound, so to speak. There's an emotional issue here I think. Maybe not but I do think so.
The body needs fat for various reasons;
1) Fat insulates the nerve endings to help prevent mis-firings.
2) Fat is a major part of our thermo-regulation system. It helps us stay warm when it's cold and burns to keep us cold when we're hot. Important!!!!!!
3) It surrounds the brain inside the skull to keep the brain from being bashed around on a hard rock.
4) It's fuel.
There are good fats and not-so-good fats. They're avocados and olive oil and other plant-based oils, nuts, nut butters, seeds and olives.
Now, don't just go out and eat a boat-load of these foods but moderation will help you greatly. Common sense always. They'll increase the sense of saity and give you lots of flavor.
The body can digest foods that are closer to nature rather than a lot of the processed "reduced or low-fat and fat free" options out there. For heavens sake, have you tasted the difference between fat-free and the real version of a food?" Yuck! Fake cheese tastes like rubber. No thank you.
Here's a section from an article published in 2002 in the Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, Winter 2002. By Lori Lipinski, http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/taking-the-fear-out-of-eating-fat/
"Priming Your Gallbladder for Fats
Is your gallbladder ready for fat? If you’re an American, chances are you’ve experienced problems with your gall bladder at one time or another. Typical gallbladder symptoms include: gas (especially burping after meals), a full or heavy feeling after meals, bloating, “acid reflux” (after meals and at night when lying down), pain in right side radiating into right shoulder blade, loose or light colored stools that float.
Two things that the gallbladder doesn’t like are bad fats and no fats. Bad fats, like processed vegetable oils, are difficult to digest and put a lot of stress on the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a little sac that sits along side your liver. The liver produces bile, a substance made from cholesterol that emulsifies fat and makes it easier to digest. The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, then secretes it into the small intestines when fats are present. If you don’t eat fat, the gallbladder won’t get any exercise and can begin to atrophy.
If you’ve eaten mostly bad fats in your life or have spent many years on a lowfat diet, chances are your gallbladder will need a little work before you will be able to completely digest generous amounts of good fats in your diet. Start by practicing good digestive habits (discussed in the Spring 2002 issue) and enhance your digestion with raw apple cider vinegar. Mix 1 teaspoon with 2-4 ounces water and drink with meals. A nice acid environment in the stomach stimulates the gallbladder to do its job. For additional support, I recommend Dr. Schulze’s formula to cleanse the liver and gallbladder. It’s called the L/GB-AP formula, call 800-HERBDOC to order.
Other helpful remedies include Swedish Bitters, 1 teaspoon in water taken just after meals, and lacto-fermented foods such as saurkraut and beet kvass.
Coconut oil is very easy on the gall bladder because the preponderance of short- and medium-chain fatty acids it contains do not require bile salts for digestion. If you are just beginning to add fats to your diet after many years of lowfat foods, your best choice in the start is coconut oil."
Eat the real thing people. You'll feel much better in the long run.
Now, the last one is really cruel in my humble opinion. Not wanting to be near a "fat" person for fear of catching it. Do some reading and research folks, not catching. There, I'm done with this 1. I might get too snarky if I go on here and I got pretty close to that already, didn't I.?.
Bottom line, we all have something we can improve on. For some it might be visible to the naked eye but for others it may not be. Before you speak or react, look in the mirror. Try to be helpful, not hurtful.
I had the wonderful privilege to attend a citizenship ceremony this week. This person is a co-worker from Mexico who finally took the test and became a United States citizen. I was so happy for her and proud to be there for her.
In these times of political foolishness and importance, I found it moving beyond words, to witness so many different people become Americans.
To all of those I say, Welcome home. Thank you. I can't wait to see the gifts and strengths they bring to our nation.
Remember folks, be kind to one another. Stay well and keep dancing.