My Father’s mother thought her obesity was glandular as she tried multiple approaches including diet and exercise to shed her unwanted and unsightly extra pounds. She thought that her overweight state was partially due to a malfunctioning pituitary gland.
I was reminded of my paternal grandmother today when we were in the paper back book section of the library and noticed a mountainous ass at one of computers searching for the location of her books of interest. The woman was wearing shoes that had been designed for somebody who was probably at least twice the weight one would expect to be healthy for a lady of her approximate 5 foot 8 inch height.
When she sat down, it measured a tremor of around 3 on the Richter Scale. I noted that she was not reading weight loss tomes, but, you guessed it, cookbooks!
Seriously, all due compassion to the poor library patron if her weight is out of control due to a medical condition. However, most corpulent people have quite a bit of control over the size of their waist lines. Little things like parking a few hundred yards from the entrance of Walmart, taking the stairs, cutting back on soft drinks, and not eating late at night would probably help her drop 40 pounds easily.
The strong correlation between blood pressure and obesity is well known. Losing weight is a much better solution to high blood pressure than popping Diovan which has the annoying side effect of making you cough yourself awake at night.