You Want Fries With That?

I have a food addiction that I’ll have for the rest of my life.

I heard this line from the show My 600 lb Life on TLC. For some reason, this absolutely infuriated me. For those that don’t know, this show follows four individuals over a seven year span who are all 600+ pounds.

Every show starts out the same.

Surgery is my only option to lose weight or I might die.

There is so much fundamentally wrong with that statement that I can’t even wrap my head around it. Basically, all of these obese individuals are excited to get a gastric bypass surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs so it will force them to eat less. This is the “quick fix” attitude of most first world nations and it’s an attitude that needs to change.

I know I’m going to sound like some pretentious judgmental a-hole in this post, but bear with me.

  1. You don’t need to eat when until you’re full. Eat when you are hungry. This makes a big difference.
  2. Vegetables exist. They don’t taste very good if you’re used to eating cheesydoublestuffedflamingnachoburrito from Taco Bell. Believe me, I love those too, but after a while broccoli will start to taste good.
  3. There’s a difference between nutrition and calories. Our bodies crave dense amounts of calories as a safety factor from our primitive days so we are naturally inclined to eat doughnuts and not carrots.
  4. Food is cabbage, carrots, beets, broccoli, apples, oranges, kale, lettuce, asparagus, and coconuts. Food is not Big Mac, Whopper, bagels, cream cheese, or anything else that comes from a factory. This is why we are fat. Who can tell you where their food comes from?

These are just a few things that I was thinking throughout the show. Here is where it all comes together…

These things are not all their fault.

In a marketing society that places profit over health, it’s natural that these people don’t know better than to see through the BS. This is especially true with most of the people on the show. I mean if you look at the parents and the household in which they grew up, literally all of them are obese. One scene that really got me was right after this one guy got out of surgery. His mother brought him TACO BELL. You know what she said?

He used to be able to eat six of these. Now he can barely eat one so that’s good. He’s making progress.

I also have a confession. I have a food addiction. That’s right. This a-hole has a food addiction. You know why? Because I need food to survive so I guess you could say I’m addicted. I eat everyday and I can’t seem to stop. You know what separates me from being on this show? I was fortunate enough to have an education and realize how important it is to exercise for an hour a day and eat the occasional vegetable or fruit. I used to think that these “diet” pills would work when I was fat. There’s no such thing.

So, please, can we get this instilled in people at an early age? Maybe in school? Doubtful. That would make too much sense. Because in a society where our GDP increases from having an unhealthy society, where’s the money in that?

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