You may have heard recently that Obesity may be classed as a disability which has sparked much debate. My personal view is obviously biased towards NO for one main reason, the is a choice (albeit maybe subconscious) to adopt the behaviours that lead to obesity. Yes, there are emotional reasons for these habits, totally justified! Some medication or underlying condition can cause rapid and extensive fat gain, these are minority cases. I totally agree that the effects of obesity can be disabling, but so can other illnesses. If you have flu and you cannot work, you are by definition temporarily disabled. The symptoms of flu pass a lot quicker than obesity, and are much more easily treated, but the disabling effect isn't permanent and shouldn't be classed as a disability. True disabilities such as not being able to see or walk are what i class as disabilities.
That said, the support and education is lacking. The fitness industry itself is expensive and confusing and doesn't support individuals enough to achieve change. the fact that a lot of gym programmes are extremely boring doesn't help! Read my blogs on Whose fault is it your fat Part 1 and the importance of fun Be Like Tom Hanks in Big (Did you watch it over Xmas) for more insight in to these.
Muffin tops, mummy tummy, thunder thighs, bingo wings! All affectionate names for the parts of our bodies we hate! Have you been there? Are you there? Do you find you lose fat easily from some areas yet other areas seem never to shift?
I remember training a lady years ago, she was on my fat loss plan. After 6 weeks we measured her. She lost fat EVERYWHERE except ONE place.... her bust! That actually went up! She was over the moon (and so was her husband incidently) I have no idea how that happened but if i could package it up and sell it, I would be a billionaire.
I have helped hundreds of people lose fat over the years, and it became clear that i was saying the same things over and over again. I asked myself how can these people not know this? To me it was common sense but that was my mistake, my ignorance!
Resident health expert and owner, Dean Zweck.