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parents fat and scares you?

Just got back from seeing my dad whose poor health pretty much tanked his life enjoyment and health. Anyone else freak out after seeing mom n dad?

Sun. Apr 2, 8:32pm

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I can't believe this thread. I almost started one similar to this last week. My parents are in pretty good health, but my mom's weight is really hard to take. She'll eat a big meal, and then a few hours later she will eat a snack. Then at supper she might eat two desserts. She is not hugely overweight, but enough. I don't want to end up like that and am SO afraid that I will.

Sunday, April 02, 2006, 8:45 PM

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Yes, my mom is overweight and has TONS of health issues. It is a huge motivator for me, because I do not want to end up like that at her age. I wish she would take this journey with me - but she can't seem to find anything to motivate herself. Can't she see that she is slowly bringing herself to death?

Sunday, April 02, 2006, 9:06 PM

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Yep Mom, Dad and older sister. All who have had serious health problems :-( It literally hurts to see them sometimes and what their lifestyles have done to the active, strong people I remember. My younger brother and I are both serious about staying a healthy weight and being active. it's so hard to go home for the holidays and hear about more health problems (cause there always are) that could have been avoided or would be less serious if they would lose a few pounds and exercise!

It's a sobering reminder for me that I need to stick with the healthy life, but I hate that I find such negative motivation from those I love dearly :-(

Sunday, April 02, 2006, 10:44 PM

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glad to know I am not alone...

thanks guys... here's the next question. does it ever freak you out so much that you find yourself either not wanting to see them, or bail immediately and go to the gym?

Sunday, April 02, 2006, 10:48 PM

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I have a different perspective. My mother is an alcoholic, addicted to precription drugs and has an active eating disorder. She is slim but in such poor health. It has been a motivator for me to be healthy, eat smart, not worry about the last few pounds and stay away from ALL medications. My parents think I am obsessed with fitness, should get all the exercise you need from just moving through the day, But i saw both grandmothers die of obesity related conditions and the quality of my mother's life limited because of lifestyle choices she has made. I don't want any of that.

Monday, April 03, 2006, 8:19 AM

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