For some reason, my blog doesn’t get too many troll comments. Maybe it’s because I don’t bang on about HAES that often or maybe I’m just a really likable person, but either way, troll comments are few and far between on Corpulent.
So I was a bit tickled this morning when I logged in and found one from ‘A Healthy Person’ (this may or may not be a pseudonym). After going on about tribal communities, genetics and science M/s A.H. Person gave me this pearl of wisdom:
[I]f you continue down the same path, chronic illness will befall you.
‘Chronic illness’ is thrown around a lot in an effort to scare people thin; so much so that I wonder whether people actually know what a chronic illness is.
‘Chronic’ describes the course of the illness. It does not hint at the cause and does not describe the severity. A chronic illness is a persistent and lasting medical condition (as opposed to an acute illness, which has a short course).
I’m aware of this because I already have a chronic illness; I’m asthmatic. In fact, I’m surrounded by people with chronic illnesses:
- My brother, who has a PhD in Sports Science and works out multiple times a week, has asthma
- The Boyfriend, who has a lean body, has asthma
- My brother-in-law, who eats a better diet than anyone I know, has gout
- My mother, who does weight training three times a week, has arthritis
The point of all this is not to diminish how challenging a chronic illness can be. I think I can speak for my family in saying that our conditions are a spectacular pain in the arse, but we’ve all learnt to manage them. What I am saying is that these chronic conditions affect many people for a variety of reasons. They can be the result of lifestyle, but they are also caused by our genes, our environment and sometimes just bad luck. Chronic illness is not something that solely “befalls” us fatties.