Friday, January 25, 2013
I just read Becky Hand's blog about Down Playing Obesity Harms Public Health
She is referring to the recent articles that seem to indicate being overweight is a better choice, especially the one that suggested that being overweight would give you a longer life. Well, you might live longer but what will be the quality of life?
I am currently watching an older season of the Biggest Loser Australia and as I watched the week 8 episode, I realized that the contestants now look "normal" and yet they are still obese.
Perhaps, it is not so much that we are downplaying obesity but rather we are now accepting it as the norm. During the make over week, the female contestants commented on how they were able to go into the store and buy something off the rack. Ahhh, vanity sizing is such a marvelous thing to our egos.
When I first started gaining weight, my jean size grew with me. I gained 25 pounds and kept buying the same size jeans. However, it was when I started to outgrow the next two sizes that I realized I needed to take control of my destiny.
Are we becoming too complacent with our size and health that we love to hear good news about our bad habits? I have a problem with eating too much junk food and while I know the consequences of eating too much of it, I still do it. The only way that will change is for me to take the steps I need to overcome the desire to eat that junk.
Candy, chips, donuts are everywhere we go. I went to an auto parts store and the first display that I had to walk around was a candy display. Who would expect to see candy in that type of store? Now, it appears to be a common display and no longer seems odd.
As I started to lose weight, I started to feel so much better. I had less aches and pains and my step became lighter. I am currently working on losing those last ten pounds, again! I signed up for a half marathon to be run in April. The change begins with what is going on inside my head.