I saw the image on the right on Pinterest and pinned it to my Weight Loss board. I wanted to laugh out loud when I saw the pin, but I refrained because the truth is that it’s just not that funny.
It’s not funny because it is true.
Little Debbie has become Big Deborah. Small cheeseburgers from McDonald’s that people back in the 1960s ate as a meal are now replaced by a Red Robin Gourmet Burger that is 4 or 5 inches tall and has 833 calories, according to their nutrition page. Candy bars are king sized, fast food meals are super-sized, and the girth of many Americans has kept pace.
The average waist size has increased substantially since the 1940s, chairs such as the anti-gravity chair from Kohl’s is 20 percent larger for “comfort,” and seat belt extenders are available for cars and planes.
When I saw this at Kohl’s, I remarked to my daughter how the added inches weren’t for comfort as much as they were from necessity. I can say this from personal experience. After all, when I weighed 300 pounds, an average sized chair was a tight fit. In fact, I broke my own dining room chair and got stuck in more than one chair during the 10 years I was obese.
The demise of small or average has led to the rise of big, bigger, and biggest. The number of morbidly obese people has risen dramatically over the past 20 years. You know it’s true. All you have to do is look around you and you see it. And if you are over 35 or 40 years old, you have probably seen the demise of average-sized people yourselves.
A report published in the International Journal of Obesity found that morbid obesity rates have increased over 50 percent between the years of 2000 and 2010 and the rates of people with a BMI of 50+ have increased even more.
This is just plain sad. As “funny” as the Big Deborah picture may seem at first glance is, it really is indicative of what is going on in our country today.
Kids think going out to eat several times a week is normal, portions are bigger than ever before, and cheap food makes it easy to eat junk without breaking the bank. The art of cooking has given way to opening boxes, microwaving processed meals, and pouring cheese powder over noodles. These are all factors in the obesity crisis in America today.
I want to encourage you to look at your weight loss effort as more than just dropping pounds. I want to encourage you to look at your weight loss efforts in light of the bigger picture. Your overall health, your ability to do what you want to do, your legacy, the example you set for your children, and the impact being at a healthy weight will have on you as you age.
Say goodbye to the rise of large everything and hello to living your life at a healthy weight.
Do you ever stop and think about how much things have changed over the past decades? Diane