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    Went to a restaurant.. the parents (who are quite large) sit at one table, the children (that are well on their way to being obese) sit at another because they can not all fit at a table. *sigh*
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    I remember when I was a little kid. My mom was very overweight, which was not nearly as common 30-35 years ago. Kids would make fun of me telling me that my mom was fat. Now, almost all the moms I see are fat. I realize, my mom was just a pioneer and was way ahead of her time.

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    • #3
      I am not thin by any means (and a mom), but making progress and an effort to reverse it. You just see the trend in observations and realize there is nothing you can do to help them (especially when they are strangers).
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      • #4
        I live in a little town of ~ 40,000 where just about everybody is obese/overweight.
        My husband and I try to count the thin adults (kids don't count) when we go grocery shopping. Within an hour of being out and about we've never reached the number 20. We probably see around 200 people within that hour of shopping at different stores...you could say about 80% are too big for their clothes.
        The highest employment in this town is in medical care. No surprise there...

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        • #5
          Oh, that is sad. Were there two kids? Maybe (hopefully) there were too people to share a table?
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          • #6
            2 parents.. 2 kids.. square tables and booths..
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            • #7
              It's sad because they are setting up their kids to be disabled. To not fit on a plane, in a movie theater or a restaurant. Or a desk at school or college.

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              • #8
                My wife and I were driving to L.A. on I-5 a few years back and we stopped at Denny's to grab a bite (I know, I know....pre-primal). There was a couple with two small boys, maybe 6 & 8 in the next booth. While the parents were in engaged and ignoring the kids, the boys were eating packets of sugar and washing it down with the little containers of creamer. It was surreal, even then, as the parents just ignored them. They were all pretty chunky and god only knows what they ate on a regular basis.
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                • #9
                  I wonder if people were really faced with the reality of 'you're setting your kids up for a lifetime of habits that will get them killed' if they would really do something about it. Everyone is all up in arms when a school sends a notice to parents when their kids are obese, or in rare cases like the one who got national attention that a lady's kid was actually taken away from her...... C'mon!

                  When I was 300 pounds there were restaurants I would avoid because the booths were too small for me to fit into. Or flying was terrible because I knew I was that fat lady taking up more than her fair share of space on a plane. I have a lot of compassion for that, but at the same time, you are the master of your own destiny. Furthermore, when you're a parent, you have to think of your kids too.

                  I'm continually trying to get healthier - to slowly make positive changes in myself physically AND mentally because I want to live life well, and I want to be the kind of person whose kids ought to take after. I don't ever want my kids to suffer the trauma of those humiliating situations. I want my food issues all under control so that how we eat is just a way of life so that my kids can simply view it as the norm and establish healthy life supporting habits without ever having to worry about 'am I getting too fat?'

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                    It's sad because they are setting up their kids to be disabled. To not fit on a plane, in a movie theater or a restaurant. Or a desk at school or college.
                    Nah. By the time those kids are adults all the infrastructure will have been retrofitted with double-wide seats and Rascal scooters will be parked at the entrance to all major establishments. They'll fit right in.
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                    • #11
                      I think part of it is that you get depressed about being heavy, which (I know for me) makes you want to eat more crap (drug of choice for me - Little Debbie Nutty Bars) which makes you heavier, which makes you want to feel better and the fastest way is to eat your food drug... it just spirals. The fact that the food makes you physically feel so good doesn't help, nor do the ingredients which are literally addicting.

                      Having said that, I've never been more than 30 pounds overweight thanks to winning the genetic lottery. But I could see, if I didn't have those genes, I might be in the same boat. Even being Primal for 9 months now, I STILL have trouble resisting certain foods when I get down or stressed.

                      But still, I see people sometimes and think "Wasn't there a point 200 pounds ago where you knew you had to make a serious change?" I'm not trying to be offensive, but it's the same feeling I have when I see a skeletal junkie buying drugs instead of food.

                      The kids learn by example.
                      Durp.

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                      • #12
                        I've been "thin" now for about a year and half (6'4," went from 242 to 192 lbs. in three months. Working out has added about six pounds back). It's distressing to see that the clear majority out there have issues with weight, from severe to simply uncomfortable looking (I recall my thighs rubbing together at 242). Since loosing the weight I've have also noticed that the "thins" out there seem to take notice of each other, sort of like when I drove a VW bug years ago--other bug others would wave at me. Or it could be that being thin is now the exception and people can't help but notice.

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                        • #13
                          Do you ever wonder why some people really care and really try (all kinds of different things) and others just don't care even a tiny bit? Is there an extra enzyme somewhere. And I wonder if it hurts more than helps when all we hear is that there is an obesity epidemic. Maybe some people stop trying or even thinking about it because it's an "epidemic".

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                          • #14
                            Nah. By the time those kids are adults all the infrastructure will have been retrofitted with double-wide seats
                            Haha- they changed the seating at our local NASCAR track to accomodate ahem, wider loads.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                              I think part of it is that you get depressed about being heavy, which (I know for me) makes you want to eat more crap (drug of choice for me - Little Debbie Nutty Bars) which makes you heavier, which makes you want to feel better and the fastest way is to eat your food drug... it just spirals. The fact that the food makes you physically feel so good doesn't help, nor do the ingredients which are literally addicting.
                              Hit the nail on the head, and I can confirm it from personal experience. Most recently, when my health really started tanking in October, I started getting more and more depressed...which lead me to eat less and less primally. The worst was over Thanksgiving, when I devoured a loaf and a half of my mom's amazing challah (and these are not your standard-sized loaves; think two feet by eight or nine inches). By December, although I was still depressed, I got my eating habits sorted out again, but not before I'd packed on about 15 pounds of kummerspeck (fantastic German word which means "weight gained from emotional overeating" and literally translates as "grief bacon") which I'm working on losing. It's sneaky, insidious and insanely hard to break out of (I just had to surreptitiously throw out the Chinese take-out menu because I can't be trusted not to eat dumplings right now..."Sorry, lovely boyfriend, but I have no idea where the Chinese menu went....").

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