Fat is a class issue

An NHS Health Scotland report quoting figures from 2015-16, found that children starting school in danger of becoming obese was 7% in the most affluent areas (middle class) but nearly double that at 13% in poorer neighbourhoods (working class). “Researchers found the most affluent areas saw the lowest levels of obesity. Obesity among women becomes progressively more common as the level of deprevation increases.” The more I look, the more I see. I see people like me, of my age and younger, carrying far too much weight. I lost 3 stone just under 20 kg in a year by going to the gym a couple of times a week and cutting out most sugar. Reactions where mixed, some folk would say, you look great, then you have the, dont lose too much, concerns (often from skinny people?). What surprised me the most was the amount of people who said that they didnt think that I “looked that big!” Before I lost the weight. Which takes us to the heart of the matter. As our calorie consumption has increased and our physically active lifestyles decreased, we have become used to seeing the bigger bodies that we now inhabit. Super size me is now the norm. I’ve never really got the term “comfort food”. I grew up eating potatoes ( usually chips) meat and beans. I had no idea that chips where supposed to bring me comfort ? It was just my dinner. We always had sweets from the ice cream van, […]