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  • Lynda Waitakere

    Jason says: “my weight ballooned to a chubby 80kg (I now weigh a lean and healthy 69kg – as I did as a teenager).”

    Jason, whatever the media tells you – there are many, many healthy people who weigh a lot more than 80kg and have absolutely no health problems.

    Also, overeating is by no means the major cause of obesity….genetics are. People can become fat for many reasons: medication side effects, illness, immobility, dieting, which many researchers now believe is one of the MAJOR causes of weight gain.

    If you are going to assume that what made you fat, is what made other people fat, then you will not only be wrong but insulting to the many fatter people who are active, eat a good diet of fresh foods and are not lazy or sick.

    We know, from massive amounts of research (and let us bear in mind that 80% of all research into obesity is paid for by the pharmaceutical and diet companies) that bigger people who eat well and exercise, are no more prone to ill health than anyone else who may weigh less.

    Quite a lot of people are genetically big because their mothers dieted; that can change the genes of the child in the womb, so that it gains a lot of weigh on even normal amounts of food because it is programmed to do so. No amount of dieting will change those genes; especially if the amounts needed to lose weight are very much lower than that needed to sustain life.

    The body fights back and fights to retain fat: which is why even those who have had bariatric surgery eventually put weight back on.

    I would suggest that you respect people of every size’ because it IS possible to be healthy and big, even very big, if you eat well and remain active.
    For further information, including the many studies and trials which prove the above, read “Largely Happy – changing your mind about your body” and “Healthy Kids, Happy Kids” both available from libraries.

    • Keri

      Lynda, I’m sorry you’ve been hurt – I was overweight too. Trying to make someone accept they are overweight might make them feel good but it won’t change their physiological make up and it won’t stop their sickness.
      Jason is a better person for what he did and it did include weight loss where there is a direct correlation between certain diseases and weight. I suspect you will find Jason’s approach is more about lifestyle than calorie counting that lets so many people down.
      I am very dubious about the science you referred to – I did check out the books – I mean the science comes from self esteem books written to make fat people feel good about being fat – that’s like making asthmatics feel happy about having asthma when both can be reversed. I was overweight but excuses didn’t make me healthy. People love to hear good news about their bad habits to justify their lives.
      You don’t even have to look at laboratory science and scientific trials, just look at populations where people are not overweight, like parts of Asian and Africa. Heart disease, auto-immune diseases, diabetes, cancers etc don’t exist until these people move to western countries and take on their diets.
      The genetics thing is the biggest cop out too. When I was fat I used the excuse I just had big bones – I mean all my female cousins are obese. Then when I changed how I ate I quickly became slim and healthy – my genes didn’t coincidentally just change. My friend who lost 53kgs and has kept it off for two years used to use the same excuses. The pharmaceutical industry certainly didn’t fund research for our lifestyle changes.
      How come obesity was nonexistent in general population 100 years ago? Our genes didn’t simply evolve when suddenly there are high calorie dense foods more readily available. There is a very small percent who will be overweight because of meds and some conditions like hypothyroidism etc e.g. but if they change their lifestyle they can reverse their disease and get off their meds.
      Lynda please stop listening to the good news about our bad habits – from previous experience I do understand your frustration and I sincerely do wish you well and hope you can become a happier healthier person:-)

  • Michelle Waitakere

    An interesting read so far, looking forward to reading the other chapters/book. Our just turned 3 year old son has been in hospital three times this year with asthma (which runs in our family). I have been hesitant to use the preventative medications etc but unfortunately his episodes that required hospitalisations came on really quickly and have given us a wake up call. For now, our only option it seems is to keep him on preventative medication on a daily basis indefinitely. He’s a small 3 year old, otherwise very healthy and active. We are a bit heartbroken about this and are concerned for his future (in regards to sports etc). So I am curious to read about your experience in ‘beating’ asthma for one. Good on ya!

  • Hi Lynda,
    Thanks for your comments. I am sure you will enjoy the book as it goes into the sad reality of what being overweight REALLY does to the human body. This is not politically correct to talk about but we are currently the #2 fattest nation in the developed world (we recently overtook even Australia) and we have the #4 highest diabetes rates. We have 270,000 diabetics and over 550,000 with pre-diabetes. This is a tragic preventable epidemic of biblical proportions. I have watched friends of mine eat themselves to death to overweight, to obesity and then the inevitable stomach cancer and stroke. Is diabetes preventable? Yes, around 90% of cases are preventable. Diabetes alone causes 50% of all heart attacks (around 40% of Kiwis die every year from cardiovascular disease), 50% of blindness and 50% of all amputations of legs and arms. Along the way it raises your risk of 34 different cancers dramatically. It is NOTHING to do with genes as your genetic expression is dictated to through your diet and environment. How do we know this? Through the ‘over 5,000’ identical twin studies and the massive migration studies showing that diet and environment plays a much bigger part than genetics. We know from the 70-page cancer review (The Global “War on Cancer” $30 million Study) done between 1971 and 1974 that, and I quote, ““genetics determines about 2% to 3% of total cancer risk”. The 100-year long ‘1913-2011 Men Study by University of Gothenburg’ found that “Hereditary factors don’t play a major role. Lifestyle has the biggest impact. We do not inherit mortality to any great extent, but instead it is the sum of our own habits that has the biggest impact” and Harvard University Cancer Specialist Dr. Michelle Holmes has said “The genes have been there for thousands of years, but if cancer rates are changing in a lifetime, that doesn’t have much to do with genes”. We are eating ourselves to death. In 1997 we weighed 74.8kg on average. Now we are 85kg on average. Where has the extra 13kg come from? It is not genes as they have not changed for around 40,000 years. NZ now has nearly 30% obesity rates (150% increase since 1980), NZ men now have THREE TIMES the cancer rate of their grandfathers, prostate cancer alone has risen 500% since 1980, childhood obesity is 200% higher than in 1980 and 25% of our 5 year olds are obese before school. Nobody else will say this but if you are obese at age 5, and remain so then you will very likely be dead in your 40s. Of the children born in NZ since the year 2000, 30% will be diabetics. Knowing diabetics as I do personally, I would not wish this on anyone. What is the main cause of diabetes? Being overweight or obese with poor diet and lifestyle choices.

    I agree with you overall that people can be healthy in all sizes and many people over 80kg are very healthy. I was referring to my own size and the 11 extra kg on my frame was not doing me any good at all. The challenges we face with the overweight/obese epidemic however are very serious, very deadly, and cause millions of people to die every year of painful early deaths. I am interested in teaching people how to live long, healthy lives without drugs or disease. I am sure you will find the research, study, proof, evidence and answers in my book regarding weight-gain and how to reverse it in a sustainable long-term way, very interesting. I will leave you now with a quote from Dr Shigeaki Hinohara, one of the world’s longest-serving and most-experienced doctors, age 97. He said “All people who live long, regardless of nationality, race or gender, share one thing in common; none are overweight”.

  • Margaret Black

    My father was also 3lb when he was born (the second of twins) and the doctors told his mother he’d always be a weakling and not get past the age of 5 years. He is now 6’4 tall, just under 100kg and last month turned 80 years old, so I don’t think birth weight and circumstances can really predict your life.

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