This should not be interpreted as obese being 'healthy'. Even if you are fit being obese does increase your mortality rate.
I have always had a personal interest in fitness. As a child my parents were strict. I couldn't say "I am going out to play", I had to "do" something. That something was tennis, going for walks with friends, running, cycling or practising some form of sport. I put on weight in my late teens and wanted to teach exercise as a way to get fit myself and motivate others.
I qualified as a personal trainer over a year ago [Lauretta first became an Exercise to Music Instructor 16 years ago]. I wanted to qualify because I couldn’t find an instructor to train me the way I wanted to be trained. I wanted to be taken seriously and be on par with other fitness professionals.
I am happy if a client wants to focus on getting fit or losing weight. It is their body and their choice, either way is a move in the right direction.
I knew my experience was not unique and wanted to create a space where every BODY could exercise. I wanted to shift the focus off weight loss and being an unobtainable size and self-hate, to focus on fitness, healthy living, eating nutritious meals and creating sustainable lifestyle changes.
I have heard a lot about experiences like these – including my own! I have heard of people attending classes where the instructor tells the class what to do and then looks at the individual and gives them another set of instructions. In my classes all instructions are integrated with modifications, so the class receives the same instructions.
No, because it is advertised – there were a few surprises in the early days, though. I was once asked, "Do you know when the instructor will arrive?" I can still picture the woman’s face when I told her I was the instructor.
I once saw a comment saying, "this is promoting obesity". I am not sure how encouraging overweight and obese people to exercise is promoting obesity. Surely it’s the opposite?
I believe I exist beyond the body positive movement as it maintains, "Be happy with your body as you are". I am happy if a client wants to focus on getting fit or losing weight. It is their body and their choice, either way is a move in the right direction. It seems the body positive movement wants to shy away from discussing weight loss. If I did not lose weight I may not be here today, or I would be very unwell.
Overall the comments have been 99% positive but I once saw a comment saying, "This is promoting obesity". I am not sure how encouraging overweight and obese people to exercise is promoting obesity. Surely it’s the opposite?
You can be fat and fit – but be aware that 'fit' does not mean 'healthy'.
"Congratulations" when the plus-size person has just done a class or a gym session and they are the only one being congratulated, patted on the back or given a high five. Also, unsolicited dietary advice like, "I always make sure I eat loads of salad [smile]”.
You can be fat and fit – but be aware that "fit" does not mean "healthy".
Many of my clients want to focus on their fitness and health and creating a lifestyle that embraces both. Ultimately they run parallel to each other – if you get fitter and eat a healthy balanced diet, you will lose weight. At Full Figured Fitness I focus on behavioural change, upping fitness levels and nutrition, making "swaps" for healthier food.
If you dehumanise people it is easier to treat them unfairly or badly.
I am worried that the interpretations of the study may be another reason to put off people who need to exercise and change to a healthier lifestyle. We need to discourage inactivity and encourage individuals to take up fitness. I am also concerned that the media may take this as an opportunity to further stigmatise overweight people.
We live in a society where calorie intake is up and calorie output is down, a society where over 63% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese.