The “F” word and today’s society

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Editor:

As a one-time, long-time member of a weight-loss group, Take Off Pounds Sensibly or TOPS, I was highly interested in the guest opinion by Stephanie MacLean (Guardian, Nov. 21/12). Yes, I said it, we are fat.

While I have often wanted to use the “fat” word, my membership in a weight-loss group had me always biting my tongue and considering others feelings. But the young woman makes some very good points with her total honesty.

She is, essentially, calling a spade a spade and rightly so.

I agree that obesity is a drain on the health care system and limits the individual as to just how much he or she can or can’t do in one day.

The guest opinion points out that too many of us focus on the trivial side of the overweight dilemma; our appearance. Yes, I’m vain and enjoy looking slim and attractive. But when I remember how I felt at 181 pounds and having to push myself off the sofa — now at 150 pounds — I know I don’t want to ever go there again. Hence I walk and eat healthy.

There may be those with a devil may care attitude who eat fast foods/junk foods and say, “Ah the government will look after me.” Not successfully if you can't look after yourself in the first place.

There are a number of obese 40-something men and women here in P.E.I. who have died in the past few years. I shudder when I hear about these untimely deaths. It’s a life barely lived and fulfilled.

The time to start exercising and staying at a healthy body weight begins in early childhood. As a young mother in the 1960’s 70’s and 80’s, I never saw an obese child. Now it seems it is almost as common as obese adults. Children would not be fascinated with fast food restaurants if they were never taken there in the first place.

Need I say more? The sun is shining, it’s an amazing fall day and I need to walk.

Kathy Birt,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown

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