Are You “Morbidly Obese?”

That clinical term seems quite demeaning, but by definition, there’s a good chance you are!

According to a 2020 Harvard study, “1 out of every 3 U.S. adults is obese.”

And this number has since increased to over 40% of adults being considered “obese,” and over 70% considered to be “overweight.”

Wow! That seems like we’re talking about a real general health problem.

But, first, let’s define what we’re talking about here.

Let’s start with the word “morbidly.”

The Oxford Languages Dictionary defines “morbidly” as, “Characterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease.”

Hmmm…, does this seem like an appropriate adjective to attach to someone’s weight classification?

Who came up with this troubling label? Someone who was “morbidly skinny?”

Synonyms of “morbidly” are listed as, “Ghoulish, unhealthy, gruesome, grotesque, and horrible.”

Isn’t this taking the description of a weight classification a bit far?

You should be nodding your head.  

According to WebMD.com:

“Obesity is determined by your body mass index (BMI). This score is calculated by finding your height and weight on the BMI chart. Morbid obesity is defined by a BMI of 40 or greater.”

So, the key to this whole thing is the BMI chart.

But, where did this BMI chart come from?

It must have been a result of a collection of verifiable and scientific studies, performed by certified medical professionals, right?  

Actually, no. BMI was invented in the 1830s by a Belgian statistician, sociologist, astronomer and mathematician by the name of Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. It was known then as the Quetelet Index and was informed by Quetelet’s interest in finding what would be the definition of the “average man.”

Hmmm.

First off, so, women are just out of luck? Whoever extrapolated these very unscientific numbers for men into equally unscientific numbers for women the first place is anyone’s guess.

Anyway, let’s proceed.   

Sooo, this concept was arrived at close to 200 years ago, and I noticed that healthcare, medicine, or nutrition were not listed as any of Quetelet’s areas of expertise.

But this antiquated and unscientific chart has been adopted and used by our modern healthcare system as “The Bible” for weight health anyway?

Interesting.

Stupid, but interesting.

Here is the (BMI) Body Mass Index chart.

When you use a BMI chart to determine how healthy your weight is, you’ll find a corresponding number to your height and weight:

If you have a BMI of less than 18.5, you are considered to be in the underweight range.

If you have a BMI of 18.5 to less than 25, you are considered to be in the healthy weight range.

If you have a BMI of 25.0 to less than 30, you are considered to be in the overweight range.‌

If you have a BMI of 30.0 or higher, you are considered to be in the obesity range.

Additionally, health experts divide obesity into three separate categories of severity:

Obesity class 1: BMI between 30 and less than 35

Obesity class 2: BMI between 35 and less than 40‌

Obesity class 3: BMI of 40 or higher‌

Class 3 obesity is also categorized as “severe” obesity, or as being “morbidly obese,” if you are 100 pounds heavier than your recommended weight. You may also be considered “morbidly obese” if you have a BMI of 35 or more and have obesity-related health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes.

But, like I said earlier, “The key to this whole thing is the BMI chart, which is based on height and weight (At least from 200 years ago!).”

The average height for a male in the United States these days is 5 feet 9 inches, which, according to the BMI chart, means the average healthy male in the United States should weigh between 128-162 pounds.

I’m not a healthcare expert (but neither was the creator of the BMI chart), but doesn’t that weight range seem a bit light?  

I, personally, am 6 feet tall. Which means I should weigh between 140-177 pounds.

Hmmm, really?

The last time I weighed 177 pounds was probably in my early high school days, and the last time I weighed 140 pounds was probably in 5th or 6th grade!

Even at the healthiest, and most fit, time of my life, when I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, based on the chart, I would have been considered “overweight.”

I currently weigh around 260 pounds, which is off the BMI chart for my height, so I am considered “morbidly obese.”

I realize I weigh more than I probably should at this point, but I don’t consider myself obese, and certainly not “morbidly obese.”

And I’m certainly not going to judge myself by the size of men from 200 years ago in Belgium, or by someone’s idea from that time period of what a “healthy” weight was!

And I’m admittedly confused and concerned as to why healthcare professionals would choose to judge me by that criteria.

Healthcare recommendations are made based on this BMI chart.

Medications are prescribed based on this BMI chart.

Some Healthcare Insurance coverage is based on this BMI chart.

And all of this ill-advised behavior is taking place based on an antiquated, unscientific, and out of date information, in addition to people feeling it is appropriate to call someone “morbidly obese.”

Why do healthcare “professionals” feel it is okay to disparage individuals who have an issue with their weight? What other group of people is it okay to insult and negatively label?

I’m not a big fan of people being offended by everything, but I feel referring to someone as “morbidly obese” is offensive.    

I would respectfully like these healthcare system individuals to consider their weight classifications as outdated, discriminatory, derogatory, inconsiderate, and unthoughtful.

If you feel comfortable referring to me as “ghoulish, gruesome, grotesque, and horrible,” because I weigh a little more than I probably should, I’ve got a few adjectives of my own I’d like to throw back at you, like “unprofessional, irresponsible, and insensitive.”

Can we all agree, at this point, that this archaic BMI chart should be ditched, or at least updated?

Can we all agree that this centuries old chart, created by someone with no medical or health credentials, should be delegitimized and retired?

Can we all agree that it should never be okay to label someone as “ghoulish, gruesome, grotesque, and horrible,” unless their behavior justifies it?

We should all be able to agree that the healthcare system needs to drag itself out of the 19th century and into the 21st century.

Just sayin’.  

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“Please step away from those flats ma’am, and put the high heels back on!”

This is something you may hear the police say at a work place in Japan!

Many Americans kind of assume that most countries around the world have the same general laws that we do here in America.

You really can’t get much further from the truth.

The laws in countries around the world can be quite different than our own.

And some of them would really surprise you!

In some countries, women aren’t treated much better than cattle.

In other countries, women are basically treated like slaves.

And in most countries, women are expected to, at least, be subservient to men.

In general, women are treated quite differently from men around the world, and not in a good way.

Let’s take a look at one country for example.

Let’s take a look at Japan.

I’m sure most Americans would consider Japan quite similar to The United States.  We’re both highly developed capitalist countries, with very high standards of living.

However, Thairy Lantigua of Fox News reports that, “A purported ban of glasses worn by female employees in Japan has sparked widespread backlash.”

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“Local media reported that some companies have prohibited eye wear, with some saying that they make female employees seem ‘cold.’”

“Cold?”  I’m sure female employees in the U.S. would be understanding and sympathetic of their company’s desires!

“However, other companies like airlines claim the ban is for security reasons, while others in the beauty and fashion industries said it does not let the workers’ makeup be seen properly, the BBC reported.”

Oh, well, in that case…, we wouldn’t want to disappoint the beauty and fashion industry!

“This is not the first time Japan has caused controversy for demanding women to wear–or not wear–something specific in the workplace.”

“In March, women railed against a requirement to wear makeup, while this summer, an online petition went viral demanding a ban on mandatory dress codes for women.”

“Actress and freelance writer Yumi Ishikawa launched the petition, saying that women face health issues for [continually] wearing high-heeled shoes at work. She said she was required to wear heels at her part-time job in a funeral parlor.”

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“Japan’s health minister, Takumi Nemoto, said in June that heels were ‘necessary and appropriate’ in the workplace.”

‘“It is socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate,’ he said at the time.”

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Mr. Nemoto would not be very popular in America, to say the least.

“Ms. Kumiko Nemoto, [no relation to the health minister] professor of sociology at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, told BBC News that Japan was reacting to ‘outdated’ policies and that companies are valuing women’s appearance instead of their work.’”

Oh, really…, ya think?

‘“The reasons why women are not supposed to wear glasses really don’t make sense,’ she said. ‘It’s all about gender. It’s pretty discriminatory.’”

Again…, ya think?

How about a couple more strange Japanese laws concerning women?

Like, for instance, women are legally obliged to wear bras in buildings with air conditioning.

And…, if your older brother asks to marry your girlfriend, by law, you and your girlfriend, must agree.

Weird, huh?

To my friends reading in Japan…, I apologize for putting some of your laws and culture in a negative light, but it appears that many of your own are questioning some of these laws as well.

As well they probably should.

Although I’m sure that some of our laws, here in the states, may cause people in other countries to cringe as well.

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“Try not to speak, Michelle,” said the people with a brain.

According to Dom Calicchio of Fox News, “Michelle Obama says whites ‘still running’ away from minorities, immigrants.”

“White Americans are ‘still running’ elsewhere when minorities and immigrants move into their communities, Michelle Obama observed Tuesday.”

“The former first lady made the remarks at the Obama Foundation Summit, held at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.”

Excuse me, but did you have to wear a bulletproof suit to and from the institute, Michelle?

I mean with all of the gun violence in your home city of Chicago there, and all.

“In a sit-down interview with journalist Isabel Wilkerson, in which Obama was accompanied by her brother, Craig Robinson, an executive with the NBA’s New York Knicks, Obama described when she first became conscious of what’s been called ‘white flight.’”

‘“We were doing everything we were supposed to do – and better,’ Obama said of her family, recalling when they got a new address on Chicago’s South Side. ‘But when we moved in, white families moved out.’”

A bit of an exaggeration, I’m sure.

And “doing everything we were supposed to do” according to who?

What are you talking about?

‘“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us,’ she continued, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘And you’re still running.’”

Uh…, not racist at all are we, Michelle?

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So all 230 million of us “whiteys” all act the same and can be lumped into one group?

“Discrimination took another form as she advanced in her academic career, said the 55-year-old Obama, a best-selling author with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, adding she did her best to move forward and achieve despite the mistreatment.”

‘“As people doubted us coming through — ‘Are you Princeton material? Can you really make the grade? Can you cut it? — What do you do in those instances?’ Obama asked, according to The Hill. ‘All you can do is put your head down and do the work and let the work, your truth, speak for itself.’”

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Uh…, hello, Michelle.  I’m getting the impression that you think white people receive some kind of automatic diploma from Princeton or Harvard.  That white people don’t have doubts about whether they’re good enough, and that they don’t have to work hard to achieve anything.

Seriously?

You can’t possibly be that stupid, Michelle, can you?

Is this what a degree from Princeton and Harvard gets you?

“[Michelle] Obama added that she is mystified by the concept of discrimination.”

You might be mystified by the “concept of discrimination,” Michelle, but your execution of discrimination seems just fine.

‘“I can’t make people not afraid of black people,’ she said, according to The Hill. ‘I don’t know what’s going on.  I can’t explain what’s happening in your head.’”

Ok…, again, Michelle…, not all Black people are created equally.

White people, Hispanic people and Asian people are not afraid of “Black” people.

They’re afraid of any color person who walks around with a gun shooting other people.

They’re afraid of any color person who walks around acting uncivilized.

They’re afraid of any color person who walks around in gangs.

They’re afraid of any color person who walks around dealing deadly drugs to their children.

They’re afraid of any color person who walks around with no common courtesy for other people.

Are there some white people out there who are racist and just don’t like Black people because they’re black?

Yes.

Just like there are some Black people out there who are racist and just don’t like white people because they’re white.

Yes.

People like you, Michelle.

Well, these words are coming out of your mouth, aren’t they, Michelle?

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People like that are out there, but you just can’t lump all white people together, just like you can’t lump all Black people together.

‘“But maybe if I show up every day as a human, a good human, doing wonderful things, loving my family, loving our kids, taking care of things that I care about — maybe, just maybe that work will pick away at the scabs of our discrimination.  Maybe that will slowly unravel it.’”

All I can say is, “Speak for yourself, Michelle…, just speak for yourself.”

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“Racism” is as “Racism” does.

By definition, racism is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based solely on their race.

If we’re honest, we have to admit that we see racists in action all day every day…, but President Trump isn’t one of them!

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Liberal commentators, democrat politicians and liberal propagandist “journalists” tend to view everything through a racial prism.

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They see racism in EVERYTHING, and they promote racism in all they do, and then they have no problem at all calling everyone but themselves a racist.

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They are predisposed to a racist perspective.

It’s the unapologetic liberal agenda.

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

“Think as I think, or anything is fair game against you.”

“White people can only be critical of other white people.”

“People of color can only be criticized by other people of color, and only liberal people of color at that.”

According to Heather Mac Donald of The Wall Street Journal, “President Trump’s political opponents have accused him of sowing ‘division’ with his ‘racist language.’ Mr. Trump ‘exploits race,’ ‘uses race for his gain,’ is engaged in a ‘racially divisive reprise’ of his 2016 campaign, stokes ‘racial resentments,’ and puts ‘race at the fore,’ the New York Times has reported over the past several months.”

“Yet Mr. Trump rarely uses racial categories in his speech or his tweets.”

It’s all a liberal propagandist fairy tale.

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Ask them to give you examples and direct quotes of President Trump’s terribly racist remarks and they will quickly dodge, deflect and try to derail the entire conversation.

Ms. Mac Donald reminds us that, “It is the media and Democratic leaders who routinely characterize individuals and groups by race and issue race-based denunciations of large parts of the American polity [society].”

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“Some examples: ‘As race dominates the political conversation, 10 white Democratic candidates will take the stage’ (the Washington Post); Mr. Trump’s rally audiences are ‘overwhelmingly white’ (multiple sources); your son’s ‘whiteness is what protects him from not being shot’ by the police (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ); white candidates need to be conscious of ‘white privilege’ (South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg ); ‘white supremacy manifests itself’ in the criminal-justice, immigration and health-care systems ( Sen. Cory Booker ); ‘ Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri’ ( Sen. Elizabeth Warren ); whiteness is ‘the very core’ of Mr. Trump’s power, whereas his ‘predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness’ (Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic).”

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“Liberal opinion deems such rhetoric fair comment, even obvious truth, not ‘racially divisive.’”

In the liberal mind, it’s okay to be racially divisive if you’re attacking anyone who’s conservative.

White conservatives are labeled “white supremacists,” Black conservatives are labeled “Uncle Toms,” and Latinos, Asians and anyone else are just plain ignored.

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These are the standard operating procedures for the liberals, democrats, socialists and fascists of today.

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Discrimination…, check.  Racism…, check. African-Americans…, ch…, wait! What?!

It’s true folks. African-Americans are not immune from demonstrating a little discrimination and racism from time to time.

Really!  Believe it or not!

Here…, I’ll show you.

At some event, in Detroit, Michigan…, a group that puts on something called “AfroFuture Fest,” was actually charging one price for whites and a different [lower] price for Blacks or “people of color.”

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It’s true.

I kid you not.

This, by definition, is both discriminatory and racist.

There is no arguing that…, at least you would think so.

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Nicole Darrah of Fox News reported, “A Michigan music festival that was charging white people twice the amount for a ticket than ‘people of color’ backtracked its ticketing structure on Sunday.”

“AfroFuture Fest, scheduled to be held in Detroit in August, appeared to change their ticket prices to $20 general admission after receiving backlash for a ticketing inconsistency that offered ‘people of color’ tickets for $10, while ‘non-POC’ tickets cost $20.”

‘“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,’ the rapper [Tiny Jag], whose real name is Jillian Graham, told the Detroit Metro Times.  ‘I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be … especially not because of anything that I have going on.’”

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“Graham, who said her grandmother is white, said while she understands the goal of equity and equality for the black community, she called the moved ‘non-progressive’ and ‘not solution-focused.’

Oh, and you were doing so good Jillian!

But you finished up with a real bunch of liberal gobbled goop there.

I’d call it a bunch of BS, myself.

“The founder and co-director of AfroFuture Youth, the group which put the event together, told The New York Times that organizers changed the event prices after receiving harassment regarding the pricing structure.”

Ya think?!

‘“For safety, not anything else but that, the new ticket structure will be a standard set price across the board of $20,’ Adrienne Ayers said Sunday afternoon. ‘However, there will be a suggested donation for non-people of color.’”

Oh…, of course Ms. Ayers…, of course.  All of us “non-POCs” would be more than happy to donate our hard earned money just because our skin happens to be a lighter shade than yours!

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And by all means…, standardize those ticket prices for Safety’s sake!

WHAT?!

You must think we’re all as dumb as you are, Ms. Ayers!

“She said the previous ticketing plan was implemented because ‘events often designed for marginalized black and brown communities can easily be co-opted by those with cultural, monetary and class privileges.’”

Again…, WHAT?!

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And charging “whitey” twice as much for a ticket would stop white people from taking over something called “AfroFest?!”

“AfroFuture explained their policy and rationale for it on their Eventbrite page. Organizers cite ‘equality’ and ‘equity’ in their ticketing, and state their structure ‘was built to insure that the most marginalized communities (people of color) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community (black Detroit).’”

So these People of Color are saying that only People of color can truly be poor?

Please…, tell us more about your racist rationale and racist policies!

Hey…, this is fun!  I can understand now why these guys love playing the race card so much!

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‘“Affording joy and pleasure is unfortunately still a privilege in our society for POC and we believe everyone should have access to receiving such,’ organizers wrote.”

What planet are these people living on?

What country are these people living in?

I know Detroit is a pretty messed up place, but this is REALLY messed up!

‘“Ayers said that as of Sunday, the festival sold 71 tickets — including 13 that were set aside for white people.’”

Whew!  71 tickets?!

What are they going to do with all of that money?

Have these guys ever considered setting up a lemonade stand?

Just sayin’.

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