She and I were standing around just chit chatting -- she was waiting for her client and I was going to grab my lunch and we started talking...
She and I were standing around just chit chatting -- she was waiting
for her client and I was going to grab my lunch and we started talking.
I like her -- she's pretty badass when it comes to being a trainer.
She's a late-in-life triathlete from Poland. She doesn't go easy on her
clients. I told her about my BodyMedia Fit, she told me about her recent vacation and how she ran 7 miles and then ate three donuts, and how that was "bad." I told her how I don't like to talk about food in moral terms (i.e. "good" or "bad" food). She then told me about coming back from the beach and stopping at a Dairy Queen. She saw two people getting out of a car. "They were so big that they had to push their seats all the way back. And I wanted to tell them that they shouldn't be eating here."
And then out of left field, she said one of those things you never want to hear from a fitness professional: "I don't know, I've never been big and I don't have any obese clients. Are obese people that way because they're just that weak?"
I've maintained over the past few years that you do not become obese (i.e., over a BMI of 30, but especially for those in the morbid obesity categories of a BMI of 40 and over) without having some sort of trauma in your life (mental, physical, sexual, etc.) that creates a disconnect with how you relate to food. The magnitude of the trauma is different for every person as everyone has their own threshold. In some cases (e.g., childhood obesity) it's not the person of the individual, but the trauma of someone close to them being acted out with food. Sometimes the traumas are very serious -- the kind where people are intentionally slowly eating themselves to death and they don't give two craps about it.