Sometimes in public, I hear comments like “That person is so fat, why don’t they lose some weight!” As a registered dietitian, I’m aware of the complexity of weight loss and am sensitive to the plight of obese or overweight people. Hearing such hurtful words, I just want to reply “It’s not that simple, stupid!”
The biggest myth in weight loss is to eat less and exercise more, as if it were just that easy. Eating less and exercising more causes a vicious cycle of malnourishment, starvation, storage of body fat, and increased risk for chronic disease. So when Kevin walked into my office at 412 pounds and unable to afford my program, something told me I had to help. I saw in him confusion, exhaustion, and an eagerness for change and at that moment, I decided I would take him on as a client for free. The only thing I required from Kevin was a commitment to change.
A year and half later of following the Eating Free plan, no surgery, no pills, along with daily check-in emails, daily food recording, counseling sessions every other week, and serious behavioral modification, Kevin has lost 175 pounds. It wasn’t easy and many days were a struggle, but I wonder sometimes what would’ve happened if I just let Kevin walk out my door at that first meeting. Perhaps it was divine intervention or just plain simple altruism, kindness, and sensitivity that more of us should practice more often.
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