The number overweight people at swimming today

(482 Posts)
pingu2209 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:40:05

I went swimming today with my 3 children. I am not exagerating to say that well over half the children and teenagers were overweight; some were seriously obese.

It really was noticable. Girls as well as boys. Anything from age 4 to 14.

Okay - at least they were exercising but I was really shocked.

Cinnamom Sun 24-Feb-13 06:40:22

I absolutely agree with the OP that we need to start doing something. No point ignoring the facts. It is much more like smoking than it is black, muslim, etc Its a choice. Hard to believe but we do actually still decide what we eat. If it grows on a plant, eat more of it. If its made in a plant, eat less of it.

tree568 Mon 11-Mar-13 05:04:29

There aren't many overweight children at my children's schools but in the poorer areas some of the kids are quite large. I put that down to poor diets and relatively little for the children to do, e.g. vandalised parks.

Maybe obesity is a local issue though. I was in Newcastle recently - first time I have ever been - and was struck by the sheer size of the city centre, and being surrounded by so many slim people I felt like I was on a TV set for a new show called "Beautiful People". It was like being in an "overweight people not expected to enter" zone.

merlottits Mon 11-Mar-13 06:37:00

What a strange thread. The poor OP! She merely made an observation and was slated for it. She clearly wants to bring in ethnic fat cleansing and exterminate all the fatties. Not.

We are getting fatter. Pretending we aren't or getting so super sensitive that it can't be discussed is not going to help. Especially our children. It IS shocking. Does nobody else sometimes look around them and see just how many fat people there are and wonder - shit, what have we done?

It is about the price of processed food. It's about our taste buds being tuned to high sugar, high fat foods. It is about lack of time. I also feel its about stress and comfort eating. Everyone I know uses food (and alcohol) to feel better, as a drug. I personally think its almost nothing to do with lack of exercise.

I'm a fatty so I'm hardly sitting on my high horse judging.

MightyMinaj Wed 08-Jun-16 22:50:19

Im a dad worried about swimming with my kids cause im not a normal shape sad

lifeissweet Wed 08-Jun-16 22:55:33

Zombie. Thread.

Iknownuffink Wed 08-Jun-16 23:23:37

Pingu, you come across as a right biatch.

Also being so judgemental says more about your inadequacies and state of mind.

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Wed 08-Jun-16 23:25:34

It's good that they were there, then, wasn't it?

Or are they supposed to hide away at home, out of your sight, and just get fatter and more unfit?

StickTheDMWhereTheSunDontShine Wed 08-Jun-16 23:26:10

Fucking fat zombies blush

MightyMinaj I guess you raised the zombie thread as it is relevant to you. Do go swimming with your children. It is great exercise, especially if you are overweight because it is low impact so your joints won't get the damage they would doing running or jogging. Honestly, most people are too worried about what they look like in a swimsuit to care or even notice what you look like.

Fucking fat zombies grin

blowmybarnacles Wed 08-Jun-16 23:47:25

This thread is the complete opposite of the one 'what do you think of larger ladies in bikinis' thread.

Anyway, its about the kids isn't it, and what we feed them, and how inactive they are, and how skipping is banned at school because of the H&S police and technology, and they will all we born hunched over a phone.

Wake up, if your child is overweight and so are you then who is that down to?? And enough of the poor me in a bathing suit in this thread.

Scarecrow2016 Wed 08-Jun-16 23:51:51

God I remember this thread from first time around.

KERALA1 Wed 08-Jun-16 23:54:02

Helped out at school swimming today. 9 year olds, 15 girls two hugely obese 4 noticeably overweight.

BurningBridges Wed 08-Jun-16 23:57:05

I thought this was a new thread; I mean, who can get enough of the moral high ground when it comes to fat kids eh? Then I found my post on it from February:

The way it seems to go with these threads is the OP is a bit like a bully in a playground who runs up and punches someone. When the punched person objects, they say "oh but I was only being friendly, YOU took it the wrong way!!" and then bursts into tears and is immediately surrounded by lots of supportive friends, who then take her to the teacher, sobbing "Punched Person is being MEAN to me!!!

I imagine Pingu is now confined to dark rooms in case she sees fat people and is filled with a messianic desire to tell them all just how much better she is than them.

BurningBridges Thu 09-Jun-16 00:00:31

KERALA1 I think the school would be much better off without your sort of help if that's your attitude.

fassbendersgirlfriend Thu 09-Jun-16 00:01:05

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ArgyMargy Thu 09-Jun-16 07:11:46

Facts are that 2/3 of UK adults are overweight and 1/4 are obese. Much the same for children. However the most worrying trend is the denial - claiming that it's all inevitable or genetic etc. To understand how bizarre this attitude is just go to Scandinavia - you'll struggle to find an obese person.

MiaowTheCat Thu 09-Jun-16 07:57:38

I'm fat. I'm at the gym every bloody day trying to start to unpick the situation (there are a lot of reasons behind it - from bullying throughout my life, an abusive relationship in the past, low self esteem, severe depression and anxiety, mobility problems linked to a botched birth delivery and permanent SPD damage and the fact that chocolate tastes nicer than lettuce - and it's taken years to get this way so it's going to take years to unpick it all and get it all sorted out if I want it to stay off)

It's attitudes like the OP (I know this is a zombie) who obviously sit there evaluating and judging everyone's body types and making assumptions - that put me off going back to the gym for over 5 years (and even now I pick the times it's absolutely dead quiet, stick my headphones in on full blast and leg it in the door so I can't hear any comments) and are the reason that I will never ever ever go swimming - even though it's probably the best form of exercise for me with my mobility problems and associated pain.

Kids incidentally - not overweight at all. They get the usual slight tummy before they shoot up in a growth spurt but are all disgustingly long skinny legs and incredibly active. I spend half of my life ferrying them around dancing, gymnastics and trying to keep up with them scootering off to the park in order to make sure they're bloody well not! Also they're on the waiting list for swimming lessons but the wait list is freaking huge around here!

The internet is always prime fodder for keyboard bullies who enjoy a bit of fatty bashing though. If it makes them feel a bit brighter in there day then I guess we fatties have some use in our lives.

StarryIllusion Thu 09-Jun-16 08:01:41

I must ask what the fuck it has to do with you?

namechangeparents Thu 09-Jun-16 08:06:53

I live in a relatively affluent area and you really don't see many obese people here - a bit overweight but that's all. If you go to the swimming pool most of the kids will be skinny. None will be what I would call fat, some may be carrying a bit of extra weight. There are some bigger ladies who swim but as they are faster than me, it clearly makes no difference to their fitness levels. Plus the fact that if you want to lose weight you have to start somewhere. It's a bit counterproductive to judge people because they are exercising because they are fat - well that's kind of the point isn't it! The same happens with runners - people make stupid comments. Well what do you want to happen - them to sit at home on the sofa and eat more cake? Doh.

All that said however, I was holiday last week and I really did some huge people. How on earth do people get that large? I can understand being a bit overweight, I've been there myself, but so big that 3 of me would fit into them?

notagiraffe Thu 09-Jun-16 08:10:02

Not read full thread but hmm Was on a thread the other week saying how no one bats an eyelid at my local pool when I waddle in to swim with my son. If you are being judgemental, be discreet. don't put overweight people off exercise will you?
(Still remember two sweet white van men leaning out of their window at me and my also not slim friend joggling by on a run, and expecting some rude comment, but getting: Brilliant work! Keep it up!) We should listen o people like that, not OP.

BluePitchFork Thu 09-Jun-16 08:12:20

it saddens me as well.
but I don't judge or stare and am happy to see people of all sizes having fun in a pool!

inarmsofanangel Thu 09-Jun-16 08:17:57

Hmm, I think OP is just trying to make a general point but probably did put it very well and OP you shouldn't have put it in AIBU!!!!!
I have gone from a size 16-18 after having my 3 children down to a size 10 in the space of a year. (I was never bigger than a 12 before the kids) and much of this is also due to stress going through divorce ect but in myself I feel much better.
Having said that I have a sister who is quite OW but she does have a medical condition (PCOS) which can exacerbate this. She's always been the biggest in the family but she's also probably the happiest and most intelligent.
I am in no position to judge and frankly I see people for who they are not their weight but I think as a society maybe children are becoming obese much more frequently - this could be due to medical issues, lifestyle changes or what they eat. As a mum of 3, I think I would be worried if one of them was becoming very obese purely from a medical point of view and the risk of diabetes as it runs in my family.

inarmsofanangel Thu 09-Jun-16 08:20:35

...and I think it's bloody brilliant these people were at the pool exercising. At least they have some focus.

echt Thu 09-Jun-16 08:20:36

I didn't see the OP as fatty bashing, though it could have been more explicit: if 4-14 year-olds are overweight/obese it's sad because it's down to their parents.

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