What does it mean to be obesity disabled and have an obesity disability?
Ask a 500-pound woman who turned around her obesity disabled lifestyle. Lack of activity combined with morbid obesity disabled her. Watch her video. Hear her story. She’ll tell you.
I absolutely considered myself to be obesity disabled.
When I arrived at Debra’s live-in fitness, I absolutely considered myself to be obesity disabled. I was definitely afraid of losing my ability to live independently at only 41 years old. I had severe depression and anxiety. Definitely, I was afraid of losing my ability to live independently at only 41 years old.
I couldn’t walk– literally could not walk more than 20 feet without my lower back seizing up and cramping.
And my legs were feeling like they were gonna completely give out. That’s one reason why I didn’t go anywhere and I stayed in my house.
Housebound by Obesity Disability
What if I went somewhere and there wasn’t a bench or a chair to sit on when I needed it? Or if I went somewhere and I fell? I couldn’t get up off the floor. If I fell I was down. I don’t want to live like that anymore. Being like that’s not living.
Depression from Obesity Disability
That’s just waking up every day until your body decides to give up and you die. I wasn’t ready to quit on myself and that’s why I’m still here.
Overcoming Obesity Disability is like a baby learning how to sit up, a baby learning how to crawl and stand up …
We started with basic activities of daily living type exercises. From laying on my side I would practice sitting up. So it’s like a baby learning how to sit up, crawl, and stand up. I had to learn all of these things that I had learned when I was 1 and 2 years old. I had to relearn them again as a 41-year old.
Now, I sweat and I work hard to overcome obesity disability. When I think I can’t pedal one more pedal on the trike you got to find it within you to do that one more pedal. Then, one more pedal after that. You’ll be amazed at what your body can do when you are determined to get well and you’ve made that decision not to give up on yourself.