I realized just how much fun it was to rant about my crazy co-workers. Now that I'm not there as much, I can't nearly work myself in the same frenzy that I used to.
Though an email from the Human Resources lady did raise my blood pressure a wee bit. She talked about "Weight Watchers at Work." I understand the convenience. I really do. But didn't we just finish that? If Weight Watchers were so good, why would we keep getting email after email after email about it? That's because it doesn't work you idiots! But we think it does and we keep going and then we blame ourselves when we fail.
Hello...thindustry at work here.
There are several things that irked me about this email:
1) Since when has it become natural for people to assume that everyone wants/needs to lose weight? Secondly, what about the good ol' doctor-determining-the-state-of-your-health-and-advising-you-from-there deal? Weight loss has turned into as much about aesthetics as it has about health. "Look good, feel great!" As if you couldn't look "bad" or even "average" and not feel great. I've looked (been) too thin and felt like shit, thank you very much. It was the weight loss that was causing it! People got alarmed only after the starvation had become so blatantly obvious I looked like a walking corpse.
I don't think Weight Watchers is evil incarnate, as much as I make them out to be such. Many people hope to help- though their help (in my opinion) is misguided. But they are out to make money. They have more of an investment to make you fail than to make you succeed. Because it's your fault if you fail, right? So you come running right back.
2)Why is this covered by insurance? My insurance is hassling me about paying for my recent treatment for suicidal depression. And keeping someone in that state of mind away from sharp objects and fun pills is pretty well known to work. Yet they won't pay. However, they will pay for WW. Huh? Dieting has an approximate 98% failure rate. I'm pretty sure that more than 2% of people hospitalized for depression survive. Even with eating disorders treatment. Relapse rate is high (though proper follow-up care decreases this dramatically), but I doubt it's at 98%. And does your insurance company asks if you've done WW before? The more times I was hospitalized for anorexia, the more stingy they became- though I still don't understand how it was possible. They bucked my bony ass out of the hospital when I was still underweight. But apparently you can stay on WW for as long as you freaking want.
I don't know why this is riling me up- I guess I don't need my co-workers to drive me nuts. It just really irritates me how it's almost unstated that you are either on a diet or intending to go on one as soon as the last cheesecake disappears. It does tempt that anorexic part of me, the little bugger underneath the surface that hasn't yet gone away. Screw the peanut butter, let's eat carrots! Sounds like fun, huh? No, I think I've had enough of that type of fun for a while...probably the rest of my life. I hope.
As for how I like my peanut butter? Licked straight of the spoon. Carrots don't stand a chance.