When I saw the title, I had to read the article because it alone had me riled up! As I was reading, I instantly began considering the role social obesity has played in my life...or has it? Speaking from my experience alone, I know I never actually chose to be morbidly obese, unfit, unhealthy, exhausted...yet I lived all of that when 50+ additional pounds were packed on my 5'2" body. There is a reason that each of my sisters struggles with obesity right along with me. My parents love all of us unconditionally...yet we are of an era when nutrition, health, lifestyle were not in the equation or even considered. They were lucky to put food on the table, and food was love and part of all happy times and celebrations. Still, as I left home I was fit and healthy...until I packed on pounds with each of my three pregnancies and NEVER lost them. No one ever shoved a fork in my mouth and told me to eat, so I chose to live what I knew and helped me feel happy and find comfort, F-O-O-D! Fast forward to today, I try to lead by example and help my family understand basic nutrition and ways to tweak lifestyle to improve their fitness. My hope is that my beautiful granddaughters will at least understand and feel empowered with their knowledge, for as a Mom I too failed in this regard. Family dinners and celebrations are vastly different these days, there is still as much love and fun, yet dang...broccoli can become a YuM without a cheese sauce, and we all are trying new fruits and veggies. Let me end in saying, I point my finger at No One. (When we point, three point right back at us, ask my Mom!) Each and every day I try and make the best choices for ME, and I hope a long the way I send out a few Sparks that help others in their quest for wellness.
- 8/3/2015 8:13:06 AM