This is one thread I have been kind of avoid reading. But this morning I have read it through each and every post, sadly I can relate to just about everyones post in one way or the other! I am glad to see the other men also posting on this thread. You woman do not have the exclusive rights to being over weight! We men are also right there with you! But unfortunately I think Beckey (antbuggey) is right! Most, not all, but most, over weight men are looked at differently than most overweight women. And to be honest, that is not right! Women are again, not being treated fairly! I do think men ( outwardly at least) do not let the weight gain bother them as much, but again that is outwardly! Inside, I think most men are as bothered by it, as much as most women are!
I know that I have a serious problem with the weight gain, I am 5'8" and as of this morning I weigh about 234. which is a huge weight gain for me! My days in the military if I got up to 185 I would be busting my but to get the extra weight off, because, of fear of being put on the fat boy program, an being labeled unfit for re-enlistment! In my sqadron we had to weigh in twice a year, and had to do arrobics testin once a year. ( run a mile and a half in a certain time, depending on your age) Anyway those days are long gone. But in some ways I really miss them, because there was a constant incentive to keep ones weight under control! But now, with being on disability and in chronic pain, I do not have that incentive, and the pounds have slowly piled on, and my clothing size has increased as well! Along with that is depression, it is depressing, when you go to put on a pair of pants and they nolonger fit, or a shirt that is so tight that you are afraid to move your arms in fear that the buttons will pop off! Oh! it is so easy to gain the pounds and so very, very, very difficult to lose them! Lately I have also been having problems with fluid retention, and have been put on Lasix and Potasium, I have had extensive test done and they say my heart is OK, and my lungs, ( I am not at all sure I agree) but anyway I have had some major problems with shortness of breath, and the doctor thinks it is because I am so out of shape, and with the weight gain, so they are suppose to schedule me for respirtory rehab???, to build up my stamina and exercise tollerance??? I have not been scheduled for it yet, but I do hope that this will help me, maybe lose some pounds?????
Anyway hang in there everyone, I think ( along with chronic pain) we can all relate to this topic, and it seems that we also have this affliction in common!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!