This is completely false in the case of many fat/obese people. If it were true, there'd be less obese people. They have a harder time controlling their diet than other people, for various reasons including genetics but also socio/economic factors(fast food is cheap, many people aren't educated well on health, etc.). I agree that many make invalid excuses or try to play it off as less of an issue than it is, but it isn't easier for those people to lose weight than to retain/gain weight. Physically speaking, maybe it is, but mentally it quite obviously is not, and the main problem is mental.
The body is always attempting to find equilibrium with intake and physical output and for the equation is pretty simple. You need more calories to maintain a larger mass so if an obese person simply ate less calories (or just ate less) they would see a gradual reduction in weight without any exercise at all.
It's really a simple concept to grasp - everyone knows that there is a recommended daily intake of calories that is considered to be an average of 2000 calories. What happens as your weight differentiates?
Let's say you lose 20 pounds - your body will require less calories to maintain equilibrium and assuming an ideal situation for this example (but obviously not in life) where the person does no exercise and has no muscle and is in a warm and moderately temperatured environment they will have to eat less calories to not gain mass.
Overweight people have a much different problem. Let's say you gain 100 pounds this time. Your body will have to consume many more calories to maintain equilibrium in an ideal situation (no muscle/no exercise) and their intake required to stay the same weight might be 3000 calories and falling under that value means that they would lose weight simply by maintaining the same caloric intake as an average human being is recommended to consume.
So then, why are fat people fat? Perhaps lack of self control, perhaps an eating disorder, but it is more likely that they don't all have debilitating diseases forcing them to obsessively consume gallons of mayonnaise; it is more likely that they are poorly informed about dieting.
The equation I used (if you can call it that) above was one that assumed "no muscle" and "no exercise" and while the two are directly related they distinctly separate entities on a day to day basis.
Exercise is necessary for muscle growth and a diet that provides the necessary calories to support exercise is essential for exercise.
What this means is that if you simply stop eating you will lose weight but you will also lose muscle because fat is a very difficult substance to break down whereas muscle is lean and easy to dissolve into energy for the body. Hmm, and you thought you were so smart starving yourself to lose weight.
So now that you've Anorexia'd your way to a body free of muscle and with little fat what happens?
I'll tell you what, without proper exercise (let's say you continue your idiotic regiment of eating tic tacs and don't go to the gym because you don't have energy to do so because you're starving your body) you will pack on pounds much easier than before your starvation binge because you have no muscle to consume the calories in a resting state. You heard right, muscle consumes calories even while you're sleeping. It might not be a lot but ask Kramer, that shit adds up. A calorie here, a calorie there and WHAM! Suddenly you're a healthy human being.
So in conclusion 99% of fat people are fat because they are poorly informed about what dieting means for the body or perhaps confusion about what Sir Mixalot meant by "buns" - no, we're not talking krispy kreme donuts.
I will also add that a good number of people who are at a healthy weight don't understand how the body works either but they are surrounded by good practices and they accidentally end up in shape by going to the playground and playing on the jungle gym rather than sitting under a desk eating paste.
In conclusion - unless you have a RARE and DEBILITATING DISEASE (not disorder, that is a mental thing and with enough effort can be reversed) you are the SOLE person to blame for your body's shape. Sure, you can blame genetics but you should really blame yourself for not wondering why normal children don't eat six bologna sandwiches drenched in mayonnaise for lunch.
Fat people haven't earned my respect, plain and simple. You aren't big and beautiful, you're disgusting and obese.
Edited by bareblar03, 10 March 2012 - 01:52 PM.