Note: I drafted this article four years ago and just today realized that I never actually published it. Better late than never.
Fat Is Officially Incurable (According to Science)
That was the title of an article that appeared on Cracked.com not too long ago, written by the senior editor, David Wong, in which he argues that being fat is scientifically incurable. In other words, if you’re overweight or obese, then you’ll most likely be that way for the rest of your life, with extremely rare exceptions.
Mr. Wong says, “The number of dieters who go from fat to thin, and stay there, statistically rounds down to zero. Every study says so. No study says otherwise. None.”
He even used the fact that Jared from Subway has regained some of the weight he lost, as if that supports his claim.
Do you even science, bro?
Needless to say, that’s a pretty bold and outlandish claim – and one that is not based in reality. And just between you and me, I think Cracked.com is going for the whole controversial, shock and awe strategy with this one (ya think?!?).
Now, upon first reading this, ahem…article, I thought I might descend into a bullet-by-bullet diatribe about all the inherent problems in his argument, but that felt like way too much work to get my point across. And honestly, it’s hardly worth the effort.
The Internet is a really big place, and it has created a sounding board for not just the truth, but also half-truths, sorta-truths, and extremely-ridiculous-nobody-would-believe-that-even-in-a-fairy-tale blatant lies, among other things. And if the senior editor of a highly-regarded website like Cracked.com can get something like this published, then there’s little point in expecting the Internet to improve in this area.
So, instead of going point-by-point through all the logical fallacies (because ain’t nobody got time for that!), I’ll just cut right to the chase.
There are people who believe, including some who want to believe, that being fat is incurable. God bless them.
But for those of us who don’t believe that nonsense, I have a message for you.
If you’re overweight or obese – if you’ve got extra, unnecessary, unhealthy bodyfat – then you are NOT doomed to stay that way for the rest of your life. So, don’t buy into that lie and the resulting cynicism for a minute.
And listen. Just in case nobody has told you this since you were a kid: you can do anything that you put your mind to – including radically transforming your body and keeping it that way for a lifetime. I don’t care if you’re 10 pounds overweight or 100 (or more!). It’s true. But that means you have to believe that it’s possible. And if you do, then it is.
And that should be the end of it.
But here’s the thing: going on a temporary, or otherwise unsustainable diet or workout program rarely works. And there is plenty of evidence that confirms this.
The truth is that you need to make lifestyle changes if you want to succeed for the long term. You need to change your habits and discipline yourself to make health and fitness an integral part of your life. But nobody wants to hear, believe, or accept that because it’s hard.
But as soon as you do, endless possibilities appear on the horizon. And when you start to act on them deliberately and consistently, everything changes.
All of a sudden, you’re different than you were two weeks ago. You can’t exactly put your finger on what it is, but you know it’s true. Your family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances will start to comment that you look different (or act different). And if you keep going, you’ll be a whole new person in a matter of months – even if it takes your body longer to catch up. And in a couple of years, you might not even look like the same person! And it’s because you chose to change. To do what it takes. To conquer.
Because you believed in yourself.
So, don’t ever stop believing in your potential. And if someone comes along and tries to convince you otherwise, drop them like I just dropped Cracked.com.
You’re not too old, too fat, too weak, too injured, or too ANYTHING to change for the better. And don’t you forget it!
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