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From a former obese member
Member Name: paulmoffat
Advantages: New Longer Life
Disadvantages: Poor Health
I struggled with my wieght for most of my teenage years and early 20's. It is easy to blame society or the parents for obesity in young people but we all have a choice and there is help just around the corner.
I don't blame my parents whatsoever for why I ended up obese they were loving parents and didn't want to deprive me of anything.
I wasn't particularly sporting or active when I was younger and blame this really. My brother was 2 years older and had the same meals and snacks as myself but due to his outgoing nature and active lifestyle he never suffered.
Another reason I think I ended up Obese was my shy nature which prevented me from getting invloved in sports teams at school. The shy nature was also a result of the obesity in some respects and can become a viscous circle.
The turning point in life can come at any time. You can choose to do something about it or live in denial and get worse and unfortunalty obesity leads to other health problems if not acted on.
At the age of 25 I stopped ignoring the fact that I was obese and decided to do something about it. The wake up call came when applying for a medical certificate for a job only to be refused....Something had to change.
With the help of my brother and a local martial arts centre, in a little over 2 years I had lost 5 stone!
Family members ceased to recognice me at parties the change was that dramatic!
Most of all I feel a million times better. My confidence is sky high and even borders on cockyness some days ;).
I hope I can be an inspiration for other people struggling with weight as I did. I can only tell you that if I can do it you all can. Your friends and family will help you every step of the way and even strangers at local sports/fitness clubs will become your closest allies in the battle that will define you. Most of all do it for yourself and tell yourself you can do it. The feeling you get when you have achieved your goals is incomparable.
Summary: It's a battle worth winning