Fat runs in the family

I am fat because of 1. Overeating 2. Inactivity and 3. Genetics. Some people argue about number 3, saying that fat is as fat does, and you can’t blame your parents for your penchant for butter or your tendency to count doing the dishes as exercise. But, as the full-figured spawn of many a fatty before me, I know that for myself, my family does play a large part in my attitude towards my weight and food.

Hubby is not a member of the chub club.

Meet mi familia! None of us need a crane to hoist us out of the house, but we’re all on the overweight side. (Sadly – Kaiser would classify all of us as obese. And we are. Meh). We’ve all gone through varying degrees of weight loss – right after my mom declared she was done having kids, she lost 50 pounds. Then got pregnant with my brother. My dad has lost 40 pounds on Atkins… but I think most of it has come back. My sister lost 40 pounds the old fashioned way… and gained it back. My brother plays hockey, so he loses and gains all the time. I lost 27 pounds… and gained it all back. All of us know we’re overweight, but we struggle with willpower – and none of us like to sit next to our skinny friends at the bar and sip a diet coke while they chug honey-colored hefeweizens.

So not only do we have bad habits, but we have a long lineage of the fat gene in our family – no doubt stemming from our great Norwegian forefathers, who needed their burly bodies to stay warm while they battled narwhals on the baltic sea. (One of my favorite excuses ever? From my Swedish grandmother… “I’m not fat, I’m just a descendant of the vikings!”) I get pissy when I make a few slip ups during the week and the scale moves up, because I have lots of skinny friends who eat a lot worse than I do and the number never budges. But I’ve had to accept that this is going to be a life-long struggle for me, and that my body is just more inclined to carry fat. What do you think – does fat run in the family, or is it all circumstance of choice? I think it’s a deadly combination of both!


6 thoughts on “Fat runs in the family

  1. Yes, I do believe there is a fat gene…I’ve read of studies that show a variety of genetic links reasoning why certain people are more prone to gain weight. That said, I also understand that it isn’t an excuse. It just means that these people will have to work harder and be more conscience of their weight. I believe I am one of these people. I have pretty much struggled with my weight since grade school. I’ve always been on the bigger side, not huge or rolly, but bigger and understanding that I should lose weight. I’ve learned that I am the type of person that needs to be constantly active and conscience of what I am eating. If I ignore one or the other I automatically put on weight. The trouble is finding the right balance and sticking to it. Also, I have accepted that I will never be a size 2. Even at my healthiest most active weight I was still in a size 10-12 with med shirtsee.eee

  2. Yes, I do believe there is a fat gene…I’ve read of studies that show a variety of genetic links reasoning why certain people are more prone to gain weight. That said, I also understand that it isn’t an excuse. It just means that these people will have to work harder and be more conscience of their weight. I believe I am one of these people. I have pretty much struggled with my weight since grade school. I’ve always been on the bigger side, not huge or rolly, but bigger and understanding that I should lose weight. I’ve learned that I am the type of person that needs to be constantly active and conscience of what I am eating. If I ignore one or the other I automatically put on weight. The trouble is finding the right balance and sticking to it. Also, I have accepted that I will never be a size 2. Even at my healthiest most active weight I was still in a size 10-12 with med shirtsee.eee

  3. It’s a good thing that Grandpa isn’t here to read about your “great Norwegian forefathers“. GG was Swedish, her husband was German and Scottish, My Dad’s dad was Swedish and his mother was Danish. I don’t see anything about Norway in there!

    I have done the “sit at the bar drinking diet coke” while my friends drink the tasty and ever so satisfying nectar of Lagunitas. I even have a picture to prove it. It was very humiliating.

  4. It’s a good thing that Grandpa isn’t here to read about your “great Norwegian forefathers“. GG was Swedish, her husband was German and Scottish, My Dad’s dad was Swedish and his mother was Danish. I don’t see anything about Norway in there!

    I have done the “sit at the bar drinking diet coke” while my friends drink the tasty and ever so satisfying nectar of Lagunitas. I even have a picture to prove it. It was very humiliating.

  5. OMG. My Scandinavian ways!!! “I’m not fat, I’m just a descendant of the vikings!” is my new catchphrase. I’m sure this wasn’t the point of your post but as someone who just discovered their genes, it’s nice to know that not everyone out there is like my Irish skinny-ass family.

  6. OMG. My Scandinavian ways!!! “I’m not fat, I’m just a descendant of the vikings!” is my new catchphrase. I’m sure this wasn’t the point of your post but as someone who just discovered their genes, it’s nice to know that not everyone out there is like my Irish skinny-ass family.

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