Myth or Fact: Are “fat” people just lazy?

Obesity is a worldwide phenomenon. It is common to find people who are fat just as it is to find those who are lean and small bodied. There are misconceptions about fatness, the reasons behind it and consequences.  Unlike it was previously thought, being fat is not necessarily as a result of dietary malfunctions. Research has shown that even genetic make-ups contribute a lot as far as weight is concerned. While it is quick to point out that fat people are lazy, it may not necessarily be the case. 

Genetically Oriented Overweight

A recent research carried out in America has shown that some overweight people are in fact fat as a result of genetic make-ups. Approximately 64% of Americans are considered overweight and it seems as if it is a pre-determined fate for a majority of them. You may be surpsried to learn that many of these people have invested heavily on healthy eating and exercising to get rid of the unwanted fats in their bodies to no avail.  In addition, some of these obese individuals have a disability that affects their metabolism so that they cannot engage in workouts effectively.  If your body cannot burn the extra calories taken then these calories will be converted to fat which ultimately leads to obesity.

Fat People Are Often Victims of Misconception

Being overweight is considered as one of the biggest sins one can do to their own body but what should one do if this excess weight is as a result of medical problems. The misconception that all fat people are lazy should be revised. People need to change their mindset and perceptions about being overweight or obese.

There are some overweight individuals who are working out, day in day out to get lean and small bodies but it’s not always a walk in the park for them, (no pun intended). Some make every effort like enrolling on to fitness programmes or even hiring a professional personal trainer to get rid of the unwanted fats in their bodies. In addition, some of these individuals have better discipline when it comes to the types of foods they eat, compared to some slimmer people. 

One of the factors that contribute to being overweight is a lack of adequate physical activity but this is not the only cause. There are so many  slim individuals who are just as lazy in terms of exercise, but because of their generic make-up they cannot be overweight. Therefore, fitness professionals need to educate people more on causes of obesity. Doctors need to be more open minded and give attention to these people so that they can give them appropriate treatment for the disabilities they may have to address the issue amicably. Some individuals no matter how hard they work out just cannot get rid of the unwanted fats in their bodies and desire quality medical attention rather than being labelled as lazy.

James Arty works as a personal trainer and writes about fitness and health for The Park Club.

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