The Obesity Discussion

Hello my zebras and spoonies, thank you for coming and hanging out with me today. I am glad that you are here.

Today I’m going to be talking about obesity, because this is a complicated and touchy topic. For those of you who don’t know, I’m going to start by talking about a little bit of my own personal history in that I used to be morbidly obese. I have been struggling a lot with my weight and have historically had some good success. I have lost enough weight that while I am still obese, I am no longer in the category of being morbidly obese and this is a huge win for me. But the fight is constant and every day and really difficult. And I don’t need to tell anybody who has tried to lose weight how amazingly difficult of a task that is.

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REJECTION SENSITIVE DYSPHORIA

There is a truth that comes with having chronic illness that isn’t often talked about: we get rejected. This rejection comes in many ways. We are told that we are not good enough, not trying hard enough or we are compared to other people. We hear phrases like “Why can’t you be like your sister?” We loose friends because they don’t understand our daily struggles and we don’t always know how to talk about them. 

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POLY-PHARMACY

Medications come with risks, so why would anyone want to join the many who take a fist full of pills every day? It is easy to stand on the outside and declare this a bad idea. But the reality is that nothing in medicine is clear cut or easy. It is always about choosing between the lesser evils, because there are never any perfect answers. Any treatment you choose will come with risks (even diet and exercise).

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