how did you get to be overweight?

United States
April 15, 2010 9:39pm CST
some people gain weight because of other medical issues. like me, and some people just eat away their emotions and gain weight that way. when i was 11 years old i had my tonsils taken out, during the operation my surgen burnt my tongue. i had silent strep throat, i had the bacteria and all that but not the symptoms. so when he burnt my tongue an infection spread to my joint causing them to inflame with fluid. and my heart valves got messed up causing leakage into my heart. in april of 2009 my doctor tells me that i will need heart surgery at some point in my life. and im only 21. well being told at 11 years old that if i do too much physical activity that i can have a heart attack, i was taken out of gym class, because the lack of physical activity i gained weight and never had the energy to burn off the weight, so it kept piling on.
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@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
16 Apr 10
OMG! I am so sorry for you with all of those medical problems. My Mother had rheumatic fever as a child and as a result she had scar tissue on her heart valves, causing leakage of blood into the heart. She had numerous heart surgeries, including one to put artificial valves in her heart and another to take out the artificial valves and to replace them with pig valves. The Doctors can do amazing things these days. I have been overweight for most of my life despite the fact that I have been an ardent exerciser for at least 15 years. My problem is definitely emotional issues. I've long since forgiven the people involved but just got a handle on the emotional eating a couple of months ago. I've lost 10 lbs so far and I think that I'm finally ready to diet. Best of luck to you.
• United States
16 Apr 10
yeah i have rheumatic fever as well. had to get shots. but i use sparkpeople.com to help me. i havent lost anything since i havent been working out, oops, plus im a mt.dew addict,
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
5 Jul 10
I was born that way? No probably not, but as far back as I can remember I have been overweight. I have several reasons why I am now, I am an emotional eater (case in point I gained 20 pounds over the last 2 months because it was the end of the semester and I am a college professor) plus I am not very active. I never played sports in school and I don't enjoy exercising plus I have bad eating habits, that I am trying to fix but it is hard. My whole family is overweight. We gain and lose weight in cycles but none of us has really not ever been overweight. I am sorry for what happened to you and hopefully you can get better soon and then participate in all the activity you want.
@marguicha (90141)
• Chile
5 Jul 10
Hi and welcome to mylot! I gained weight a couple of years ago. I quit smoking (and eat hard candy until my mollars gave up and had to go to the dentist. Besides that, I had a hysterectomy. All that helped a change my metabolism. I not only gained weight but put on weight mainly in my tummy. I want to lose weight but I´m sort of specting a miracle as I don´t really do enough about it. Ihave read about different diets, even decided which one I wanted to follow. But that is not enough: I have to do it. I hope I´ll start tomorrow.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
25 May 10
That sounds like incentive to sue the doctor you had at the time. You have health problems because of a procedure that I assume is simple enough. I guess I got my weight from just eating from boredom and stress and depression, laziness keeps me from burning it off but I dont' gain any either.
• Philippines
16 Apr 10
I think I really have a very slow metabolism. Also, I am sedentary. I don't move a lot.
16 Apr 10
I began to put on weight after an accident prevented me from getting the amount of exercise I used to take. Over the years my weight rose and fell but I could never get back to the weight I used to be. Now I have some difficulty with walking, my joints are in a bad way and I get breathless if I try to climb the stairs. I know I should be trying to lose the weight but no matter how hard I try, I am stuck with being overweight. I can't take the exercise to help me lose the weight, so I guess I will have to accept the fact that I'm a fatty :-D
@ztobias (21)
• China
16 Apr 10
i can easily gain weight due to the ice-creams. i m crazy about all kinds of them since i was 10 years old, Although i've tried many times to quit(cuz i eat them too much a day xD),i failed again and again...ugh...:P
• Philippines
16 Apr 10
It's sad that you had all these medical problems. I hope things will be better with you. I, myself, has been overweight since birth. And I never lost weight even if I focus on diet or physical activities. Now I am on my 30's I don't mind too much anymore of any weight loss program because the more I stress out the more I gained weight. As long as I know I do a bit of physical activities and that I am not lazy, I feel ok already. But of course, undeniably it's the choices of food also and less physical exercises that gets me gain more weight, it's just annoying that I easily gain weight for a simple eating, while there are some people that whatever they eat, they still stay slim. But anyway, healthy wise, I don't have any problem, sugar, blood pressure and heart are all normal. And most importantly, my man loves me very much the way I am. Happy mylotting!Wish you good health.
• United States
16 Apr 10
I watch the show the Biggest Loser. Though it sounds like a degrading show for overweight people, I actually thoroughly enjoy it because of the heart and dedication all the contestants have. I gained weight because as a child my parents always wanted me to eat. After I ran cross country I got skinny and ate whatever I wanted to. After running cross country I still ate whatever I wanted but did not maintain my strict running regiment, thus I gained everything back and more. Now I'm just lazy to workout and it is difficult to get a good routine going on because I do not like working out by myself, due to the team mentality I adopted from running cross country.
• Philippines
16 Apr 10
huh! I got overweight when I started drinking a Soda/softdrink.. Funny but true! I gained a lot of weight...Any suggestion for me to loss weight? LOL
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
16 Apr 10
having led an active live and had to stop abruptly due to knee injury some years back i just put on weight, too fast too soon. i watch my diet now, when to eat and with lots of exercises my weight has stabilized.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
16 Apr 10
I went to the mall a few hours ago and there were this people who were giving some free fat analysis and I tried it cause I was worried with my weight. But good thing I was normal and I am not overweight yet. I thought I was and I am glad I am aware now. But it doesnt mean that I can still eat any thing I like even though they are not very healthy food. I am just so glad that I am not overweight.
• Philippines
16 Apr 10
i have my peptic ulcer because of my diet., and now i got a phobia to got sick again. every time i fell hunger i eat food and snacks . and this could make me a habit it its hard to control. i am gaining weight every week, and now the result is overweight..
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
16 Apr 10
it was because i ate really bad and alot. my heavest i ever gotten was 365 lbs, yeah pretty fat. but i was glad when i lost 40 lbs in a month then my wife made go and get check, then i got sick and lost over 160 in one month. most of the time its because i eat too much. but i dont like being to fat since i have a bad back