So July isn’t a great month when it comes to me, Following my RTC I attempted a Comeback 3.0 ride and failed 😦 , While I did do a few miles, my nerves was shot and my body was in far far too much pain, looks like the Manchester Skyride on Sunday is out, gutted, I really really wanted to do that too ! 😦
I know however I am on one hell of a long road and I am barley at the half way point , so in order to keep you my readers assured (and of course entertained) that while I am unable to cycle due to my RTC, I will NOT be taking my eye off the ball when it comes to Fighting Obesity, 1 pound at a time. This is Round one in the “I’m Picking A Fight – Campaign” and I hope to fight one round per month.
David Hone, from Croydon, London, Died on July 8th, weighing in at 61 stone, this earned him the title of the world’s fattest man ! First off the scary part is I was just 20 stone away from his weight, while I say “JUST” 20 stone I’m sure some people would say “there is no such thing as JUST 20 stone, but when you pile 40 stone on, an extra 20 stone really isn’t much !
Unsurprisingly they are no pictures of Mr Hone, however some of you may remember Manuel Uribe, and he weighed in at 90 stone. However he is now down to around 50 stone.
Next we look at the world’s fattest woman, who, also died in July 2010.
Sharon Mevsimler, was 5 foot tall and weighed in at 45 stone, Again scary I was just a few stone away from this myself, but the difference is that I am 6 foot 4″ so while I looked super morbidly obese my height managed to hide just how dire my situation was, this was both a good and bad thing of course.
So, Sharon’s family have released pictures of here and I have posted one below:
Ok, so why am I brining this up now? I am just a few stone away from my “Goal” weight as set by the NHS, I enjoy cycling (well until a Van driver hit me last week) I have control of my life and I am moving forward at a real pace now.
Well as part of my campaign to start a fight, it’s about time we attempt to change people’s outlook on obesity, first off allow me to quote what some readers of uk newspapers have to say about these 2 HUMANS!
“Good riddance, the less glutinous selfish people like her in the world the better.” This was posed by “JayJay” well Mr Jay, I’d love to know what you would say to an anorexic?
The money would be better spent on people with illnesses through no fault of their own.” That was posted by Helen in Berkshire.
For me that is the nail on the head, people the world over believe that Obesity is a physical disease and that people are at fault for becoming obese, while that might be the case for the people that pile on a few pounds or stones, it’s certainly not the case for those, like me, who weighed so much that it was in real danger of KILLING them!!!!
What we need to understand is that hitting obesity with the hammer that is gastric surgery WONT WORK! It didn’t work for David or Sharon, we need to understand and admit that to get to such a state there are (normally) serious physiologic issues in someone’s life, why else would a human being just give up on themselves to such an extent that they would slowly and painfully be killing themselves ? Because they believe, in their head, not stomach, that the issues they are can’t be solved, how can I say this with such certainty?
I WAS THERE!
Was it my fault that I was almost 40 stone, a drain on the NHS, my employer and everything and everyone around me? some people would say yes, you chose to eat, no one else, and while that is true, there are people the world over with addictions, caused by physiological issues that are offered help, support groups etc.
All some Obese people need, is to realise there is deep problems, for them to look at themselves and then look at what route is best to deal with it for them.
For me riding 20 miles, as hard as I can in the morning before work does it for me, it ensures that physically I can’t supress my emotions as my body doesn’t have the fight in it anymore, they come to the surface and then as I am cycling along I deal with them , best I can, one by one,
Sure this doesn’t work for everyone, but it is PROOF that there IS another route than surgery, there are NO EASY ROADS out of the trap that is obesity, but there are many different ones, and I hope this post, goes someway to helping someone out there realise that surgery won’t cure the reason you got obese in the first place, only you can do that !
Now let’s allow David and Sharon to RIP and hopefully the odious comments on newspaper websites will stop and that people will realise that the same could happen to them, all it takes is 1 negative, life changing event and anyone can get caught by obesity………
There is so much more I could write/say on the subject but I will, for now, stop here, lets call this, Picking a Fight Round 1, lets just hope by round 12, we have a KO blow !