4/14/14

You'll Probably Hate This

Let’s say that you’re walking down the street and you see a man, unbeknownst to him, lit on fire. What do you do? If you’re a good person, you’ll probably try and warn the guy. As you try and help someone stops you and says, “He’s very self-conscious about being on fire. Don’t say anything or it will embarrass him.” Now what do you do?

A reasonable person will, more than likely, run over and help out the human torch. But in America we’re not the most reasonable of folks.


I might stir up some controversy, but please hear me out before forming an opinion against Endu.
I think that we should try and help people who are obviously obese and who practice poor lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, the first step in helping someone is to inform them of their situation. I’m not saying that we should fat-shame people, but I am saying that we should let them know that they’re on fire.

This can be dangerous though. A lot of people don’t want to help those who are obese. They simply want a punching bag to get their insecurities out on.

Many people have their own definition of obese. The government uses a system called BMI to calculate obesity levels. The only measurements required to test this are height and weight. Muscle mass, water weight, and body fat percentage are all left out of the equation. If your weight in Kg divided by your height in Meters squared is greater than 30, you are clinically obese. My BMI after I cut, or for lack of better terms starve myself, for a power lifting meet is 29.8; and I’m nowhere near obese.

I can confidently say that BMI is not a good indicator of obesity. So then what is?

Body fat is that soft squishy stuff that finds its way to our midsections after a trip to Golden Corral. The higher the percentage of body fat a person has, the greater their chances are for: hypertension, obesity, cancer, premature death, CVD, and a thousand other problems. If a male reaches 25% body fat and if a female reaches 32% body fat they are clinically obese. Once someone reaches this stage, you’ll know.

A trip up the stairs will take their breath away.

They’ll complain of being unable to sleep a full 8 hours at night.

They’ll begin visiting a wide array of doctors for many different problems.

After saying all of that, I can just hear someone say, “But obesity is a disease! It’s genetic!”  I call malarkey.

Cancer is a disease. CVD is a disease. Diabetes is a disease. Obesity is a catalyst that increases the likely hood for disease. Therefore, obesity is as much of a disease as a menthol cigarette.

As for the genetic part, we can agree at some level. Studies do show that if you have overweight parents, you are more likely to be overweight. Likewise, different people have different muscle make-ups. Some people have long thin muscles, others have short dense muscles. Some people are tall, others short. Obesity on the other hand is not genetic. There are no starving people in Africa that are obese. A person’s propensity for being obese might be higher than someone else’s, but the actual act of obesity is not.

Which brings me to another point, obesity is an act.  It takes effort. It might seem effortless, but we know that’s not true. Not working out, not eating healthy, and not taking care of your body are all decisions. We’ve been conditioned by phrases like “have it your way,” and “I’m lovin it” and “Just the way you like.” They all tell us that we deserve everything that we want. That is prideful greed, and it’s a sin.

I feel bad for typing most of this, but I can’t pretend that I haven’t been thinking it. When I know someone that is obese, I try and help them. We do it with smoking, but not with obesity. We’d tell a man if he was on fire, but not if he was killing himself through gluttony.

It just blows my mind.


As always, we should do everything with a grain of salt. I said this wasn’t a fat-shame post, and I mean it. This is a wakeup call. Do everything with love, including telling someone that they’re on fire.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.