The obsession to lose weight, look good, at almost any cost is alive and well. Bubba Smith was one of my football heros growing up along with thousands of other kids at that time. At 6ft 7inches, he was larger than life. He was Big, he was Tough and he was an AWESOME Football player! Then after football, acting in movies and TV commercials kept him busy.
But the sad fact is, Bubba Smith died from an over dose of diet pills! Freakin Diet pills!!!
From what I’ve been reading, it looks like Bubba also had a history of High Blood Preassure, and Atherosclerosis, which is the thickening of the artery walls of his heart. A coroner spokesman said, according to various articles, there were high levels of the weight loss drug, “Phentermine” is his system.
My first question that comes to mind is, who is Bubba Smith’s Doctor?
Was his doctor aware of Bubba’s pre-conditions?
Then again, maybe Bubba didn’t do regular checkups. I really don’t know.
Bottomline…it doesn’t matter! He died because he overdosed with a diet pill to LOSE WEIGHT!
Everybody wants that magic pill to solve all their problems, to make the problem go away without any effort or work.
Folks, there is NO MAGIC PILL! Especially for dieting and weight loss!
Food, dieting and weightloss is BIG Business. But when you’re talking abouit, diet, weight loss and eating disorders, it dangerous, life and death dangerous.
I was fortunate enough to have been part of the 8 part docus-series called ” Addicted To Food” which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Last year I topped the scales at 360lbs.I’m happy to say, I’ve lost 82 pounds. Though I still have a ways to go, I got my life back. The experience opened my eyes to the life and death reality and issues of surrounding eating disorders, which include, Compulsive Over Eating, Anorexia Nervosa,and Bulemia.
When I was in treatment at Shades of Hope, they never talked or focused on weight loss. Rather, they focused on all the issues surrounding why one eats and uses food to medicate those issues and pain.I burried a lot of issues and pain with food. I was happy on the outside and and miserable on the inside!
Which brings me to the Jay Leno Show…
Recently Jay had a guest that was going from Fit To Fat To fit. This guy is a trainer with 6 pack abs! He’s ripped.
Here’s The NBC’s announcement:
“Drew is a fitness trainer who’s in the middle of a unique 26-week journey where he stopped working out and started eating foods that are bad for him. His goal is to educate people on what happens when you don’t take care of yourself. When he reaches week 26 he’s going to start eating well and exercising again.” As of the TV taping he had gained about 75 pounds.
When I saw this on TV, my first thought was, “What a Freakin IDIOT!”. He is either an idiot or ignorant off the charts. Either way, it’s not good! He wanted to see what his obese clients felt like. You dont help cure obesity by becoming one of them.
He’s a trainer for crying out loud! He may know nutrtion but he knows nothing about food.Obesity is a symptom of underlying problems. What he is doing is trying to duplicate the smyptoms without the real underlying issues. This guy is playing with fire and he has no clue as to how dangerous his pet project really is.
If he loses the weight, which I suspect he will, what does it prove? It just means, this is a guy that can lose weight without much difficulty. Try being obese for 8, 10 or 20 years with all the problems associated with Obesity, then try losing weight! On the other hand, he risks developing a real eating disorder, which I dont wish on ANYBODY! Either way, this guy is not only arrogant, but really uninformed.
So What’s My Point?
Football hero Bubba Smith didn’t have to die this young! He just didn’t know he was playing with fire.
The only magic pill for healthy weight loss is the knowledge of, “calories in, calories out”.
The Weight Loss Formula = Exercise, Food Plan, Education, Training, Support and Accountability. That is the magic bullet!
If you or someone you know is using food to medicate pain and or burry other issues, they very well could have an eating disorder. People that are Extremely Under Weight or Obese have issues with food.
Why am I ranting on and on???
I’m ranting because I’ll miss Bubba Smith! He touched thousands of people hearts over the years.He’s gone because he was trying to lose weight, the wrong way!
Part of my mission at this point in my life is to bring awareness to the world about the diseases of Diabetes and Obesity. If they go untreated they can DIE. Then again, if they treat their obesity with the WRONG Strategy like diets pills they can also die!
In closing…Love your self enough to go get quality help when and if you need it!
Keep Being Brilliant