What do you see when you look at someone who is overweight or obese?
It wasn't until I became a personal trainer and started meeting with clients who were overweight or obese that I stopped looking at just the physical aspects and started seeing and hearing about the emotional aspects too. I've met with tons of clients and I can tell you there is always some traumatic incident, life altering situation, major injury or illness/disease that has occurred throughout their life that set them on the path to obesity and/or fueled their dependence on food for the purpose of emotional comfort.
My sister recently told me about a documentary she watched on Netflix called Obesity: The Post Mortem, where a team of pathologists in the UK perform an autopsy on a clinically obese donor to examine how excess fat damages the human body. I've already watched it three times and will most likely watch it again. I was completely fascinated and mesmerized by seeing what an obese person's major organs look like on the inside. In addition, the documentary also highlights five overweight or obese individuals who share their stories, their struggles, their body shaming experiences and how they hope that by being a part of this documentary they can help others who are experiencing some, if not all, of the same.
This documentary was so impactful to me on multiple levels. From the standpoint of the living overweight or obese person, who is well aware that they are overweight or obese and certainly don't need strangers staring, whispering, mocking and judging them as a reminder of what they see every day when they look in the mirror. And from the standpoint of how living an overweight or obese lifestyle on a daily basis negatively affects your body's ability to function efficiently and substantially increases so many major risk factors including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, liver disease and so on, which ultimately can lead to an untimely or early death.
Obesity is an epidemic in our country that is getting far worse before it gets better. I highly recommend everyone take an hour to watch this documentary but be warned, it is graphic and you need to have a strong stomach (definitely don't watch it while eating). If you are overweight or obese, maybe if you see what's actually happening to your organs on the inside of your body it will motivate you to start making lifestyle changes to your activity level and nutrition habits before more damage is done and if you aren't overweight or obese maybe it will motivate you to keep working hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Here's a link to a preview: (https://youtu.be/LW9WmnNrfQ8)
If you decide to watch it, please share your thoughts!
My true passion is health and wellness and helping others achieve and maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle through strength training, cardio training and optimal nutritional choices. Everyone has what it takes to achieve their goals - all you need is the right motivation, guidance, and education to help get you there.