Originally Posted by zubeldia
If WF were really interested in bettering the health of their work force then they would a) increase wages and b) improve work conditions with the view of decreasing (work) stress.
As a medical sociologist the data are pretty clear about the causes of morbidity and mortality. Obesity on its own doesn't tell us more... obesity coupled with stress = a bad combination. But stress combined with anything is pretty bad for our health. As is poverty and a growing gap between the rich and the poor...
And I agree that there's been a level of ignorant prejudice displayed on this thread that I find disturbing. I really understand the hard work and pride that people have who've lost a lot of weight and kept it off have. However, I think it's really dangerous to then assume that anyone can do the same. Until you've been in someone else's shoes, you can't know the barriers holding them back - or even whether that's there most important personal development or health goal (or should be).
I have lost 70 plus pounds before and gained it back over several years and am in the process of losing it again. And I feel really confident about it because my body responds well to me working out and eating well without any major deprivation. It's work, of course, but I've got a good metabolism, have been thin before (and all my youth) and know it's possible. My partner, on the other hand, who has about 100-140 pounds to lose has it a lot tougher. He's never been thin and struggled with weight his whole life. He has a whole different level of body/psychological issues to deal with that I don't. Weight loss comes VERY slowly for him and his body works against it in a way mine doesn't. So committing to losing weight has to be a crazy high priority for him and takes so much effort and attention. For years, I hoped he'd work on it (and nagged too much), but there were other very real priorities: quitting smoking, getting his degree so he could get a good job, starting a new job, having a baby/building a relationship with my daughter, etc. Those were all very important to his health and the health of his family. Now he's doing WW and doing well (though the loss is still 2-3lbs/week for a very overweight man so not fast at all). He has a plan and he personally is ready. And I really hope it works for him, but it means 1-2 years of really focusing on it to drop the weight and forever being conscious to not regain it. That's a tall order and I, for one, don't blame people for not being able to succeed at it in this crazy busy, stressful, underpaid, overworked society that we live in.