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Although the psychological aspect of morbid obesity can be difficult to overcome, it is not impossible. Merely identifying the psychological problems can help an individual greatly in his or her understanding of the basis of overeating. I illnesses can also lead to morbid obesity. Some of these include hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, depression, and other neurological problems. The use of steroids and certain antidepressants can also lead to weight gain.” Another aspect of the current trend to think of people as obese is the examples found in the media. From “It's not surprising that women want to be slender and beautiful, because as a society "we know more about women who look good than we know about women who do good," says Audrey Brashich, a former teen model and author of All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty…As a culture, we are on a first-name basis with women like Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie," she says. "The most celebrated, recognizable women today are famous primarily for being thin and pretty, while women who are actually changing the world remain comparatively invisible. Most of us have a harder time naming women of other accomplishments." The idolizing of models, stars and other celebrities is not going to change "until pop culture changes the women it celebrates and focuses on." As far as an obese person being thought lazy, this is patently a false assumption. For example, look at the adult Amish women who work from dawn to dusk doing manual, physical chores. Almost all of them are considered medically obese yet work hard. In relation to trucking, it is seen in the above that there are many job related factors such as boredom, stress, anxiety and low self-esteem that can enter into a driver not meeting the artificial insurance height weight charts. Add in long hours, little support from friends and/or peers, constant worry about regulations that might unfairly affect them;

A driver might tend to overeat or have a metabolism that promotes his/her body into turning even healthy food into fat. In no way can any successful driver be thought of as lazy. The average miles per year for a solo driver are over 125,000 miles a year and if a driver does not produce, they do not last long as a driver. By stereotyping a driver, or anyone else for that matter, who may be overweight, as lazy, unhealthy or not having will power does not do anything but buy into the prevalent and sometimes erroneous media, governmental and diet It is not industry propaganda. helping the actual obese person; it is hurting them by adding to their stress levels and perhaps low self-esteem.

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