33% of Americans Choose Depression, Alcoholism, Arm Amputated Than Be Fat?! Are you serious? Gregory visits a decade-old study from Yale demonstrating that 50% of Americans would rather lose a year of their life than be fat in their lifetime. It gets even more shocking, for 33% would rather:
- Suffer a horrible divorce
- Be an inveterate alcoholic
- Have an arm amputated
- Lose 10 years of their life
than be fat in their lifetime. 10% would rather have a special education child or an anorexic.
1/3 Choose Depression, Alcoholism, Arm Amputated Than Be Fat
Gregory dissects the study from an obese child point of view. He notes that 50% of the participants were regular weight while 50% were overweight. All of them apparently agreed on the horrors and trauma of being overweight.
He delves into the study explaining how this study is revelatory but also obvious given the stigma associated with obesity. He also discusses how though we don’t want to shame obese people into depression, the “body positive” movement ends up enabling negative, self-destructive tendencies.
He also speaks on how he would answer these individual questions. Would he have rather have been a fat person and not be divorced? Would he rather be fat and not suffer from alcoholism when his father was one? Would he rather have an arm amputated and not be overweight.
Gregory gets real. You might not like his answer. But given he was a morbidly obese adolescent and lost and kept his weight off for 25 years, he has a unique perspective on it. Listen to this shocking episode!
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