The more you gain weight, the harder it is to lose. The more it hurts to exercise. I weigh 267 at 5'8", so I guess I fall into that lazy category. The reason I am seeing a physical therapist is because my stomach muscles separated in the middle with my last baby (he's 3 now), but i didn't know it until my hysterectomy this past Sept.
All I knew was I had excrutiating pain in my lower back, hips, and knees whenever I tried to move and do exercising - especially things like crunches or anything abdominal. But I had so many other health problems going on, that I had to pick and choose what I could afford to see the Dr. about.
People that are heavier often have no cartilage left in their knees and/or hips and need joint replacements; but no surgeons want to do these surgeries until weight is lost because they see it as a waste of time. Yet to exercise without the cushioning of cartilage is like torture, so people become even more sedentary. Sedentary leads to lower metabolism - so even if people are eating the same (or less) they still gain weight.
And then there are also eating disorders. No-one makes fun of anorexia or bulemia, yet binging and "stuffing" for emotional reasons are just as real as the other two. But who has sympathy for a fat person? And of course as a person gets bed-bound, they get more depressed, and they eat more- vicious cycle. And although the mental condition of being addicted to food is exactly the same as the mental addiction to drugs or alcohol (and even some of the physical addictions, especially carbs and chocolate in particular); one cannot totally give up food as is expected of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Instead we are expected to "moderate". That's pretty tough, too.
So, for anyone who thinks the morbidly obese are funny or deserve it, try compassion or just thinking about what it might be like in their place. The physical pain, the embarrassment, the loneliness, the rejection. Heck, even Tyra Banks changed her mind after spending 1 day in a "fat suit" for her show!
Sorry for ranting Moe. <img src="/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />