Inevitable?

Dear Doctor Ninja,

I’m a 29 year old man and my relationship with my science was going just fine, until I started trying to lose weight. My science told me, “Look it sucks but because you grew up heavy, and your parents are obese, you’re always going to have to do triple the effort for half the results that most people get. It sucks, but that’s what it is.” At my heaviest I was 280lbs, and I’m 198lbs now, but at my lightest I was 175lbs. I don’t want a six-pack, but I feel like my relationship with science has taken a downturn and I’m not sure how to deal with this.

Signed,

Damned If You Do In DC

Sometimes, it’s okay to agree to disagree, Damned If You Do. Science isn’t the be-all-end-all truth-teller of fate. So why is science being such a douche? A lot of what science is telling you comes from science seeing a lot of heavy people and seeing how their parents are mostly obese as well. But that’s taking the easy way out. I don’t think science has looked at a lot of obese parents to see how many have children to turn out to have obesity issues in adulthood; or whether the same number of parents are obese between heavy and not-heavy adults. Also, what science doesn’t see very well is why the parents are obese, or even why heavy people are heavy regardless of whether their parents are or not.  Is it because parents model eating and exercise patterns for their kids (which is totally changeable), or there is actually a gene that makes obesity an unchangeable certainty?  Or is this just a coincidence from not looking at the all the right people? I don’t think even science knows for sure. 

However, in your case, you have successfully lost over 100lbs and kept most of it off! So whether science thinks there’s a gene, or not; science is definitely wrong when it comes to you!  If losing 100lbs was HALF the results of most people trying to lose weight, we wouldn’t think obesity was a problem at all! If it’s supposed to take 5 times the effort to lose half the weight, then reverse mathing it means it takes 1 times the effort to lose 20lbs, and that’s only half, so most people should be able to lose 40lbs with not very much effort, according to what you heard from science. That’s just not happening. So, I think it’s safe to tell science to suck it on this one.

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