Being obese is not genetic.
I'm sure many of you may think that's a very controversial statement, but that's what I believe to be true.
I do think that we are genetically pre-disposed to many things in regards to our health, including obesity. But I think that the want and will to overcome those conditions are what really sets us a part from others in our family line.
Take, for example, the son of a mother who is deceased from obesity/heart disease and a father who is extremely overweight. One would think the odds are against the son, but I don't feel that way. To me, those who are in generations before us do not determine what our destiny is based on theirs. That son has a choice to create his own future and mold his own life. If he makes goals for fat loss, has a plan and works towards it every single day- there is no way he will not be successful, regardless. I am sick of hearing "I'm fat but it's not my fault, it's in my genes..." Genetics don't determine how heavy you are, but they do play a role in how you can gain or lose weight. They also can't stop you from working harder in order to see results.
I recently had an interaction with a client who was feeling discouraged, depressed and hopeless. He is young, obese and comes from 2 parents who are the same. When I started to dig deeper and get to the bottom of what his childhood was really like, I realized a pattern. Most of his meals were eaten alone, he was consuming the same foods as his parents because that's all that was in the house, and now he has similar habits to them and a ton of negative energy while eating, which has carried on into his adulthood. He binges, is completely addicted to food and uses it to self medicate. A classic case of nurture over nature.
I explained to him that although it feels like he was set up for failure, it doesn't have to be his fate. He can stop self-sabotaging and if he chooses, his dreams can be greater than his genes.
Some things to remember when it comes to our health and family lines:
Here is an excerpt from a very blunt post of a guy who was formerly obese, and now has became fit:
"Medical condition? It’s the dance of chicken and egg. Genetics? Maybe genetics loaded the gun, but you pulled the f*ing trigger and reloaded twice."
The bottom line is when diet and exercise are done the right way, you can change your DNA. No more excuses!
To The Next Generation,