Gov. Chris Christie recently was re-elected as the New Jersey governor. He is now the front runner to represent the Republican party for presidency in 2016. His approval rating is higher than ever before. He is more popular than ever before…
And he is doing this while others are talking about his weight. Where Mitt Romney thought Gov. Christie was too fat to be Vice President. Where Time magazine put his picture on the cover with the title “The Elephant In The Room”. Where so many people are worried about his weight and making jokes about it instead of his politics. Keep in mind he has lost some weight this year. He had surgery and he is trying…
But maybe Chris Cristie has the disease known as Obesity.
Wait, you probably do not think that obesity is a disease, do you? Yes, earlier this year the American Medical Association declared that obesity is a disease. Most people think it is a choice. I mean, all people have to do is eat less, right? Most people think all people have to do is get off of their lazy butts and workout. Most people think that all you have to do is a few simple things and you can lose weight forever. There is no way obesity is a disease, right?
Well, I know I have obesity. I have known this since I was a child.
If you look at me now you probably would not realize I have obesity. I was once over 400 pounds. I lost over 225 pounds and now have kept off over 200 for well over four years.
I workout for over two hours a day. I eat “cleaner” than 99% of the people you know. I have not put any artificial ingredients in my body for over a year and have less than 15% body fat. I am what some call a weight loss inspiration…
But I have obesity. I will always have obesity.
When I was a kid I had obesity. I would eat more than anyone else in my house. People like to blame the disease on the parents, but I honestly can say my parents had nothing to do with my obesity. They always had fruits and vegetables in the house. They were never over 200 pounds growing up. They would limit my portions numerous times and they were very supportive with me being active. At school the teachers would point out the fact that I had obesity. This was a time where there were no “fat letters” being sent home. No, this was a time where teachers would shame you and you would lose self esteem.
My obesity was in its beginning stages.
When I was 12 I was five foot one and 221 pounds. The doctor told me there was a simple solution to cure obesity…
“Eat less fattie!”
Of course! All I had to do was eat less! Maybe even move more!
Little did I know, people who do not have obesity think that is always the answer. Hell, we could solve all of the addictions that way…
Alcoholic- Stop Drinking!
Gambler- Stop Gambling!
Abuser- Stop Abusing!
What a wonderful world this would be!
Even with obesity I did pretty well in school. I even made it on the Student Council! All of this over 220 pounds.
When I was 14 I created my first diet and lost over 50 pounds. I was not overweight anymore. I was pretty knowledgeable with nutrition as well for a kid in the 90’s. Snackwell cookies, carbs and Dexatrim was the winning combination. I thought my obesity was cured!
That is until I moved out and went to college. Although I knew how to lose weight, my obesity came back hard. I gained back all the weight and then some. I knew how to lose weight and promised myself I would do it tomorrow.
Tomorrow for a food addict with obesity is non existent.
I got up to 300 pounds. I went to another doctor who told me to eat less once again for my obesity. I like to think of myself as an educated person. I know that eating less would help me lose weight. But I wanted to cure my obesity. I did not want to be part of the epidemic. I did not want to be the reason North Carolina was the fattest state in the country.
The doctor told me if I would take a “healthy” diet pill I could cure my obesity. Hey, whatever it takes! So I ate less and took Stacker 2 pills. Not the pills you see now, the ones with the “good stuff” in them. I lost close to 100 pounds. I was not “fat” anymore. I would look at other overweight people and think “I do not have obesity anymore!” and think that I solved the puzzle.
With obesity, you never solve the puzzle. You are just lucky a piece fits.
I met my wife in 2000. I was close to 200 pounds and no where near obese. She did not know I had obesity. She just thought I had a hearty appetite when we went out to eat a lot. When I would finish her leftovers. When I would never have leftovers.
Then she saw me over 400 pounds. She saw my obesity at its worst. Where I could barely walk. Where I could not wipe myself in the bathroom. Where sex was non-existent and where I could not look at myself in the mirror.
People have it wrong though. People think that those who have obesity are lazy.
That is so untrue. People with obesity are not lazy. They can be extremely motivated and highly educated. I like to think that I am. People with obesity are not stupid. It is like having all the answers but having the wrong test in front of you.
People think that those with obesity are unhealthy. That is not true either. There are those who have obesity who are healthy. There are people with high BMI’s who run eight minute miles. People who are over 200 pounds who have low cholesterol.
I am very healthy now. But my obesity has not taken over like it has for years.
My wife saw me lose the 225 pounds. I am less than 200 pounds now. I am healthy.
I have obesity.
Gov. Chris Christie is a highly educated man. Whether you agree with his politics or not should be the question, not his weight. Because I know someone in politics who was a former Mr. Olympia who slept with hired help instead of his wife. There are US representatives who take pictures of their junk and send it to women and there are others who have scandals.
Yet none of these men have obesity.
I will say you should not judge a man who eats more than their body can consume.
I know I have the same talents today that I had at 420 pounds.
I am going to live the rest of my life with obesity. I preach to many that you can live a healthy life with obesity. Obesity has been hard, but I will never deny the fact I have obesity…no matter what my weight is.
It is a disease that has no cure.
But I fight like hell every day to live with it.
And to make sure I never let it get out of control again.