The Bearded Lady and the Fat Man
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs.
Chicago was home to a famous amusement park called Riverview. It operated from 1904 until 1967.
My doting Aunt Vickie thought that it would be a good idea to take me and my older sister to the Riverview Freak Show.
I was only eight or nine years old. Imagine me, that skinny little kid in red knee socks, paying money and slipping inside the magical tent to view what was termed “freaks of nature.”
We didn’t know better back then.
Curiosity beat out compassion and common sense every time. Science hadn’t taught us about genetic mutations and skin diseases. I took one look at The Alligator Woman and became physically sick, much to my sister’s delight.
I much preferred Aladdin’s Castle fun house to the freak show.
Thinking about this experience caused me to ponder the other “freaks” including the bearded woman and the fat man.
“Human Freight Car” Chauncey Morlan, weighed 400 pounds at age 14 and took his show on the road at age 15. By his early 20’s Chauncey had beefed up to 748 pounds. He married “The Ohio Giantess” where they were exhibited at various locations, earning enough money to buy an estate in Indiana. He died at age 37.
Although freak shows are now against the law, they continue in a different form.
People like Donna Simpson, 49, make a living from being fat. Donna earns money for making appearances and posting videos where people pay to watch her eat. She was named “World’s Heaviest Mother” when she gave birth while weighing 532 pounds.
She must make a lot of money to support her $750 per week grocery bill. Downing 12,000 calories per day, Donna’s goal is to tip the scales at 1,000 pounds. Actually, this story is several years old and I don’t know what happened to Donna or her goal to weight 1,000 pounds.
We are no longer shocked to see obese people, and besides paying Donna Simpson, we aren’t buying tickets to peek inside the tent.
Since 1985 the US has seen unprecedented numbers of people cross from “normal weight” to “overweight” to “obese.”
Check out these two maps showing the percent of obese (BMI > 30) people in 1985 compared to 2010.
Typically, thinner people think that overweight people need to just put the fork down and exercise. It is not that simple and it is not your fault that food manufacturers create food that is addicting, fattening and full of harmful chemicals that damage metabolism.
The government is quick to point the finger at fat while telling us to load up on bread, cereal, refined grains, pasta and bagels.
We dutifully load our grocery carts with low-fat and fat-free factory food, shunning butter, nuts, avocados and eggs. God doesn’t make mistakes. Eating whole food, as close to the way it was created, is not the reason that the CDC map is full of red and orange.
What is to blame?
- Why are 67% of Americans overweight?
- Why is diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance, PCOS, infertility, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, auto-immune disease, fatigue, mood disorders, headaches, pain, and digestive distress spreading like wildfire?
It’s the grains.
It is sugar and artificial sweeteners.
It is red, blue and yellow dye.
It is preservatives, chemicals and hormone-laced food.
It is genetically modified corn and soy.
It is industrially processed oils like sunflower oil, safflower, corn and soy oil.
It is factory food.
It is the lack of fresh food in the diet.
I see people grab hold of this message and change overnight.
They start eating real fat from organic butter, unrefined coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, avocados, eggs, meat and fish and feel amazing and lose weight.
They stop eating refined sugar and refined grains in the form of bread, pasta, baked goods and chips and never look back because they feel so healthy and energetic that they do not want to go back to their old ways.
They eat pasture raised beef, chicken, pork, lamb and bison, wild caught fish, and load up on vegetables and a little fruit, seeds and nuts.
Why don’t you try a three week experiment.
Just eat whole REAL food.
See how you feel.
Facial hair, ladies?
Is it PCOS?
Please tune in to my podcast archive show (Episode #87) with Dr. Michael Fox, OB/GYN and specialist in reproductive endocrinology.
He will shed some light on PCOS and the symptoms including weight gain, facial hair, infertility and insulin resistance.
Dr Fox is one of the world’s leading experts on treating PCOS and fertility problems. If your doctor is only prescribing birth control pills for you, please listen to the show and learn how you can make dietary changes that work!
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