Scooters for the morbidly obese -- a disservice to them?
I am quite shocked at the number of extremely obese individuals I now see riding around on those personal scooters when I go out to shop. Most are the ones provided by the stores themselves, although once in a while I see a "personal" model.
I feel that this does a disservice to these individuals. It is one more piece of enabling that lets them continue to live in denial of their problems.
This practice has become enough of a trend that it was parodied by the series 'South Park' in an episode last year.
In fact, when I go out in public now, I am shocked in general by the number of overweight to extremely obese people I see. Maybe I am just more observant than I was, but I do think it's really reached a tipping point in this country in terms of the obesity rate. Also shocked to see the number of overweight and obese kids on playgrounds, at bus stops, etc. as I drive by. I know there are no easy answers for obesity. It is a national epidemic and a national health crisis, IMHO.
In fairness, I am a "former fatty" -- I had let myself go so far that, last year at this time, I was to the point that I was carrying almost 220 lbs on a frame designed for about 165. Last year at this time, I was hefting 2 liters of Mt. Dew and Pepsi to my mouth, and honestly was winded at walking half a mile. And, I wondered if that was my entire future - continue to abuse my body, continue to gain weight, and suffer in middle age the diseases caused by obesity, with a significantly shortened life span.
I am now back to my lower weight, hovering around 160, and would like to drop another 5, to get back to where I was about 6 years ago, when I was thin and felt really great. I got back here though careful diet and a lot of hard workouts, under medical supervision and with the help of a number of fitness professionals at my gym. And, I have no intention of ever going back -- it was a bleak prospect for my future. Now, I'm lifting weights, cycling 15-30 miles 4-5 times a week as conditions/time allows, getting back into running - did 5K last night, and doing other various forms of exercise while working with a PT several times a week. My goal in 2014 is to take amateur triathlon training and compete in at least a few tri's.
I wish there were easy answers to this. In a perfect world, I would be able to kindly, gently tell these folks that they need to get off of these scooters, for their own good, and walk, as much as they can, and make that the first step to escaping that horrible fate, diabetes, heart problems, cancer, etc. But off course, in a civil society we can't just do that to people, no matter how good the intention, the hurt of having a total stranger confirm what they probably know to be true, but don't want to admit to themselves, would be too much for almost all to bear.