Sunday, April 01, 2012
Changing the value of a pound will increase the health quotient of Americans - Really??!
When I read in a SparkPeople article this morning that the government's approach to the American obesity problem was a plan to re-assign the value of a pound, I thought it was the silliest thing I'd ever read! Here's a small snippet from that article:
"The most significant change involves increasing the value of the pound. One current pound will be valued as 1.1 pounds under the new system. What does this mean? Fewer pounds per person. For example, a person who previously weighed 167 pounds would now weigh just 152 pounds.
"We think these changes will help the country solve its obesity problem," said April Wahn, Community Director of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). "When eating right and exercising donít work, these new standards can help people reach a healthier weight. Itís not the only answer, but itís a start." http://www.sparkpeople.com/res
To my way of thinking, this is tantamount to an ostrich putting its head in the sand! If you don't like how much you weigh, instead of focusing on your poor eating and exercise habits, simply change the number on the scale to reflect a number you like better! Unbelievable!!
This is HOGWASH!!
I don't want my doctor to lie to me and simply tell me that the number on the scale is a gentler, kinder number; and therefore I shouldn't feel badly about my weight being dangerous to my health. I want my doctor to tell me the truth - that being overweight is a detriment to my heart and lungs; that being overweight can increase my chances for debilitating diseases like stroke, heart disease - and that being overweight will generally, at the very least, decrease my quality life and life span!
Please don't placate me with what you think I want to hear, that will not motivate me. Tell me the truth and then give me the tools, support and diet guidelines to help me get healthier.
I don't want my government or my doctor to lie to me ... I want my government and my doctor to help me change my lifestyle toward a healthier, longer, more productive life for myself and my family; and if that means staring at the ugly truth and learning the cold, hard facts - then that's what needs to be done!
Please don't coddle me. I am an American, I can use the truth to move my life forward. It's what we've been doing for as long as we've lived on this continent. I'm not going to stop now!