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I had a great time this weekend with Becca and L. This was my first race to fly up and quickly fly back-less than 24 hours in the race state. I don’t know how those two do it. It’s impressive. I really enjoy taking “vacation” when I visit each state but I have been to NJ several times and didn’t really care to do so this time around (no offense NJ). So, out of my 24 hour trip, 7 hours or so were spent in the airport or on the plane.
I am not a huge flyer. Depending on my race and work schedule I usually end up on a plane 5-8 times a year. I have had my fair share of screaming children and seats being kicked but yesterday was a first for me.
I approached my row and seat (window) to see two very large women already in the seats (technically there were 3 in the row). They asked if I had the window seat. I said yes but in my mind I had no idea how I would fit. These two women took up all three seats. How in the hell am I going to fit. I am not exaggerating when I tell you they easily weighed 300-400 lbs each. Both women had to ask for seat belt extensions and complained that airlines make seats too small. Now, I will agree, leg space is tight and it can be cramped, but come on.
I was squished against the window. The woman next to me was half way in my seat and we couldn’t put the armrest down. When it came time for beverages/snacks she went to put her tray down and she was so large the tray wouldn’t go down. I could hear here breathing and it was short and struggled.
I’m not going to lie, I was angry. I was angry at Delta for not moving me (I didn’t ask to move because I was stuck in my seat and couldn’t get out to ask, and I didn’t want to be rude and ask so that the ladies would hear me but it was very obvious that I didn’t fit). For not making them purchase a third seat for the two of them (Delta policy here). I was angry that these women let themselves get that big. I was angry that I was squished (don’t forget I had just pounded the pavement for 13.1 miles) and couldn’t sit comfortably because these women choose to be overweight.
Then I was sad. How in the world do you get to that size? I do like to enjoy burgers, pizza, chocolate, etc. but in moderation or in a healthy adapted version. They must eat TERRIBLY each and every day. How do you not know what is good for you? That you need to exercise? Or do they not care? Or do they not know? I read my Fitness Magazine on the plane and wanted to leave it with them. I wanted to tell them about eating right and exercise.
As we exited the plane, both women couldn’t even walk up the ramp to the airport. They had to have airport employees take them in wheelchairs. I truly can’t imagine being so big that I wouldn’t be able to walk.
The whole experience really sparked a lot of emotion for me. This country is in a sad, sad place. After “googling” ‘airlines and overweight passengers’ many different links came up. This one was the most interesting, offering up reasons to charge more for your weight, just like you would baggage (side note the bill didn’t pass). And of course there was the lawsuit that involved Air Canada. And all of that is just about the airline industry-there is plenty more obesity controversy out there I’m sure.
I’ve been dying to watch the HBO special on obesity in our nation. I’m sure it goes into much more about the hows, whys, wheres, etc. of this epidemic. I love that the First Lady has made childhood obesity her key focus with Let’s Move. I hope that programs, specials, and even shows like the Biggest Loser, continue to raise awareness. The issues on the quality of food and costs to eat healthy are really a problem too but that would take an entire post to discuss those as well.
It is all really sad. I’m proud to say that I work every day to stay healthy and take care of myself. On that note…
Monday: 2-3 mile run walk/new to me cross training
Tuesday: 4-6 mile run
Thursday: 4-6 mile run
Friday: new to me cross training
Saturday: 3-6 mile run