Nature v. Nurture I

In my family there are two body types. We usually refer to them by the last names of the family they came out of. But I don’t want to brandish those names here, so I will call them type 1 and 2.

Type 1 is tall and skinny. They lose weight quickly and easily. If they gain weight it is only in their middle. They have small breasts.

Type 2 is big. They have middle to large bones. They gain weight across their body. It takes more effort to lose weight. They have large breasts.

My father and my sister S are Type 1. Yes, she exercises when she eats ice cream, but she doesn’t gain everywhere, just her middle.

Type 2 is the rest of us, my sister J, my brother, my mom, and me. We gain weight everywhere. J had liposuction surgery and has been on a diet of 1600 calories or less for the last four months and has only lost ten pounds. My brother has been walking a minimum of four miles a day for the last six months and has lost ten pounds.

R has photographed some women who have six pack abs. And they weren’t all in their early twenties. Some were in their thirties. One had seven children. None of them exercised. THAT is proof of nature.

Even when I exercise I don’t get six pack abs. And after almost a year on Body for Life I still weighed over 155.

And, according to Genetic Links to Weight and Obesity, at least two genetic links have been found. One means 8.5 pounds difference and I don’t know what the other gives. But just because we have found two doesn’t mean there are not more.

In addition, the government reported on a study of high BMI folks (fat people) that the fattest have two copies of fat genes. The report says there are two and that having one of each or two of both makes a person heavier than the other fat people who only have one. Does that mean that my size is better than my mom’s and my sister’s because I only have one? Or does it mean that I didn’t stay depressed and keep eating?

Also, the adipocytes, according to Obesity Studies, apparently start growing at 2.1 years of age for fat people and 5.7 for skinny people. I don’t think you can say that I am responsible for how I was eating at age two. So if that is what causes adipocytes to grow, then it is nurture. But I am betting it’s a genetic thing that turns on early. The article said that less than 10% of normal weight children are obese as adults. But all of us kids were normal weight. And three of us are obese.

One thought on “Nature v. Nurture I

  1. I guess it falls into the nurture category, but in the last year I have come to realize that my struggle with weight is based on many lies told me by Satan and upon some characteristics of my childhood and generational traits. For example: lack of food in the depression or from being poor -> if you have food you need to eat it – don’t waste it – even if you are full – eat it.

    But I do think you are right about the two types. I also think that some people just have an inborn ability to regulate their food intake.

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