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  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 05:01pm

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    Fat Guy in a Depression

I would like to bring up a subject that is near and dear to my heart…. obesity.

By all of society’s standards, I could be judged to have a "weight problem". Its a fact of life that I have dealt with for pretty much all of my adult life, and have actually come to embrace. While I have effectively battled it in the past to great (but temporary) success, I have found personal value in taking a contrarian approach relative to nearly all of modern society’s paradigms, the "health" paradigm being a major one for me. 

As a medical professional, I’m more than aware of the empirical health risks associated with obesity. I’m also aware of one important factor in obesity, genetic predisposition. Somewhere in my genetic history, the ability to store fat gave my ancestors a survival advantage that allowed propagation of those genetics to eventually find there way to create me. Up until this point, being overweight in this society has been a disadvantage in all respects, but I think things are going to change in this regard in the years ahead.

There is a reason the last great famine in this country occurred during the great depression, and it can be found in the cycles of nature. So going into what can only be accurately described as a global super-depression, I’m confident that my genetic programing will serve my physiology well. While the mesomorphs and ectomorphs will be catabolizing muscle tissue to survive a famine, us endomorphs will be making efficient use of our fat stores.

My approach to being overweight has always been that if it doesn’t interfere with my functioning, I’m not going to stress over it. How is my current functional capacity in regard to a survival context?

  • I can work for hours in the garden in 100 degree heat and unbelievable humidity.
  • I’m capable of modifying my environment to better suit the needs of my family (construction & maintenance of our home).
  • If attacked, I’m still capable of applying my considerable PSI to an opponent’s anatomy.
  • And in a food crisis, I will still have the blood sugar available (via gluconeogenesis) to enable good decisions in protecting my family.

So there I am, out of the closet, a fat guy among you. Just thought I would let you know that us endomorphs are listening, so please be careful with your categorical judgements of us, we just might be your best friend in the uncertain future ahead.

Thanks.

 

 

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 06:19pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

 Bear in mind, JAG, that in a protracted crisis, you may wake up one morning, go to the mirror and think "And who is *this* svelte *stud*?!!"  Just be ready, so you don’t think some guy snuck into your bathroom overnight to ambush you upon awakening and apply that PSI to the mirror.  

Viva — Sager

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 06:21pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

 Too funny Sager! Thanks for the input.

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 06:48pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

Pretty clever Jag. There are advantages & disadvantages to most everything. Personally I rather stay around normal body weight because being too large just slows me down & gets in every bodies way. This use to be a free country & I could care less what people do with their own body mass except when I have to be taxed to pay for it. I wonder if the Govt will put a fat tax on our society before long.

They will be desperate to tax anything they can find.

What really bothers me about obesity is when I see people on food stamps buying up all this unhealthy food & mass consuming it. Then guess what our tax dollars have created some 400 lb 20 something year old that is a wash in health problems? Some even go on disability over….over eating??? I don’t care who they blame for it (genes,blah…blah) as long as they pay for what they created & accept responsibility like you obviously are.

Free food & free healthcare lead many down this path but who pays for free?

One thing IMHO you are a very bright guy that would be an asset to anyones community.

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 06:53pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

JAG,

You’re definately correct! Mesomorphs especially will have a hard time "sustaining" their bulk and strength on a lower diet, whereas Endomorphs and Ectomorphs will have biological imperitives that keep them at a relatively "stable" rate.

In the military, I see lots of young men who’re muscled to the point of absurdity, and I wonder; how will they fare with a drastically reduced diet? What will this do to their metabolism?

More importantly, what will it do to *my* metabolism? (I am an Ectomorph, but a heavy one – a "hard gainer")
I’ve been adjusting my diet for the last year to focus basically on foods I can grow, and get my body used to eating things like barley, chicken, potatos, fruits and vegitables.

I’ve changed my eating habits to frequent small amounts and frequent exercise to "sustain" my weight.

As an endomorph, you’ll be in a unique position to weather (literally) colder climates, make better use of your body mass during long periods of having less food, and will have better defenses against injury.

I’ve seen people who are "large" who in stellar physical shape.
If you can maintain your cardio, you’ll be at no disadvantage.

Health has a lot more to do with ability, endurance and what "fuel" you use than stomatotype.

Cheers!

Aaron

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 06:58pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

 Are you sure you can generalise your experience to the whole of the obese population?

 us endomorphs are listening, so please be careful with your categorical judgements

Sounds like you want to be categorised.

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 07:11pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

Just as I don’t believe there are too many atheists in a foxhole, there probably aren’t too many over-weight people in a real depression.

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 07:13pm

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[quote] Then guess what our tax dollars have created some 400 lb 20 something year old[/quote]

I understand the antipathy toward the welfare state we all share, but an obese 20 year old has something far deeper going on that is worth seeing through the lens of compassion…otherwise we miss the human in front of our eyes.  just like the false fight between left and right, the fight between taxpayers and taxconsumers just keeps people from coming together and fighting the govt/Fed system which is the real problem…taxconsumers aren’t the reason we’re paying taxes.

 

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 07:34pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

No need to worry until the skinny little chicken-necks start banding together with spears and go off hunting down the "larger" folks in the community for food.

  • Mon, Jul 13, 2009 - 07:34pm

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    Re: Fat Guy in a Depression

[quote=Jon Brooke]

 Are you sure you can generalise your experience to the whole of the obese population?

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No, obviously not. But the negative perspective on obesity is so ubiquitous, that I thought it might be productive to offer an opinion that is contrary to the mainstream.

Sounds like you want to be categorised.

Yes I actually do, because I can use such a preconceived notion to my advantage, if needed.

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