There appears to be a toxic atmosphere of mirth around the link between coronavirus and obesity.
It’s not news that there’s a link between COVID mortality rates and the country’s obesity level, and it may have been confirmed for the first time last week by the World Obesity Forum, but this has been word of mouth truism since the start.
There’s always someone out there that knew a man whose brother in law worked in intensive care and said only fat people suffered seriously.
Then Boris Johnson set this in stone, complaining to his cabinet that it was all right for thinnies, which isn’t a word, is it? Nor is gloomster, but then this is the pinnacle of the Prime Minister’s ego, and he seems to find the English language incomplete without the inclusion of some baby words.
But what is even more irritating is the atmosphere of merriment around the link to obesity, in the belief that to a lot of people, suddenly the world will make sense again.
It’s not a tragedy that some people are overweight and some people aren’t, and it’s certainly not a wicked and random hand of fate, and it’s certainly not about people who had it coming to them, but it seems that obesity is the magic bullet and it charms up a fairytale world in which evil things happen only to bad people, and the more repugnant upshot you can attach to overeating, the more bizarre you’ve made your tiny world.
Fat-shaming never owns its agenda, it simply raises its eyebrows and uses vague connectives which says we’ve become a fat, ageing society – using society as a fig leaf to sound like all of us when what it means is those people.
And because it never speaks its name, the fat hate, you can never argue against it. A little like a dog trying to attack a fly through a window, is it a fly, or is it all in my head? But I’m pretty sure there is a noise, it’s called disapproval, snobbery, judgment, along with a constant, wordless buzzing because you just haven’t figured out how to open the window yet.
And I do wish that people would educate themselves and use proper grammar when speaking about obesity because weight isn’t the disease, it’s just one of the many symptoms, and the reason people with uncontrolled obesity are at greater risk for COVID 19 is down to obesity-related prolonged inflammation, low muscle mass and immune system compromise, so we must stop thinking that size + fat + weight = obesity.
Overeating is extremely subjective, and most importantly, it’s not one of the root problems of onset obesity.
A lot happens to our biology to trigger malfunctioning of leptin and other hormonal receptors to the point that our stop eat signals don’t get to our brain, which is just another sign of uncontrolled obesity, and why people overeat or under eat is a very complex thing.
So, if you were profoundly abused as a child, the function of your brain physically and permanently changes, it’s that simple, and you lose the regulator that tells you when you’re full.
Also, childhood trauma affects the part of the brain that can lead to addiction, and that addiction could be alcohol, drugs, food et cetera – would you tell a heroin addict that it’s simple, just have less, of course not.