Future weight-loss success story


Well here's an interesting article that relates to the blog I posted last week about the American Medical Association's announcement that it planned to recognize obesity as a disease. 

I wondered if such a classification would have any impact on, 1. the medical profession and 2. the patients themselves. The article is written by a 61-year-old man, 6-feet-1-inch tall who weighs 255 pounds. The writer says the announcement pushed him out of denial.

The announcement might have been the last nail in the coffin, but it has had the exact opposite effect. No longer do I say that I am overweight or chubby; I say OBESE.

This was good to hear, uh read. Without that announcement, he might have blithely gone on with life as usual. For him, life as usual, he writes, would mean becoming winded upon a short walk; wearing too-tight clothes; and friends telling him he was getting fat(ter). In fact, the writer, after hitting a high of 280, went on a diet last year and shed 40 pounds, before regaining 15.

The AMA announcement is acting as a wakeup call, and I have resumed my diet with a goal of getting my BMI down to just under 30.

I think this is exactly what the medical profession wants to happen. Will it work for everyone? Of course not. There's never a one-size fits all to anything. And, in this case, the letter writer echoed what I posited here last week:

I will use the same process as I did last year, which was to eat smaller portions, more protein and engage in aerobic activities. There is no denying that for most people, the not so simple act of taking in fewer calories than are being consumed will result in lower weight and better health.

There's another article that disagrees. A 50-year-old man, likens the AMA to a "happy bill designed to make overweight people ... shift the blame for our own bad habits."

 I didn't think of myself as fat, I ate what I wanted when I wanted: cookies, ice cream, chips, and other comfort foods.

This is another question I raised last week. For this writer, it took a tough-talking doctor to make him see the light, and he was lucky he didn't need to wait for the AMA decision.

After delivering my BMI score, my doctor made me recite what I had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the previous day. He forced me to consider the glycemic index in my food choices, pointing out how an innocent bowl of unsweetened cereal early in the morning could lead to snacking when I arrived at work.

The writer gives the AMA an "F for their enabling decision." He has made lifestyle changes and admits to having more work ahead of him.

Let's all wish them both luck.

Theresa Flaherty