America has become a culture of quick, fast and in a hurry, particularly when it comes to health. Folks want to eat what they want to eat but they don’t want to do what they need to do to keep from getting FAT and out of shape.
Obesity is the result of physical abuse to the body, and the lackadaisical misuse of something most profess to care about. Hard to hear, yes, but the truth sometimes is. Another truth, American’s spend multi billions of dollars a year on diets that don’t work. And why don’t they work? Because you are not willing to do the work so the work can work!
Obesity is indeed counter productive to being healthy yet it takes the same energy to get fat as it does to get fit! That means if you would be willing to walk as much as you chew Americans would be a lot thinner and a lot healthier.
Back in the day, children went out to play, in the rain, snow, sleet or hail. Little girls and boys in their cute little yellow rain coat with hat and galoshes to match, children not only wanted to play outside they wanted to be fashion forward!
Children of today’s modern family, sit on the bus, (they don’t walk to school), they are carpooled to and fro for various activities (they don’t ride a bike) physical education has either been eliminated or minimized in schools and replaced with computer games and ipods, (stimulating the brain instead of exercising the bodies). New Millennium children stare into computer screens instead of looking out of a window, they wear head sets in the cold instead of ear muffs, and the IPAD, IPhone, or Xbox provides brain stimulation instead of body stimulation.
Business week did an article awhile ago that suggested that “Many Americans think diets should work like the Terminix man, a one-and-done deal to solve their weight problems. But diet programs are often up front about the challenge of losing weight permanently—and would prove well worth the money if only consumers followed through. If you check out Jenny Craig’s Web site you’ll find a multifaceted approach to weight loss that combines diet, exercise, and an extended weight-maintenance program. Similarly, Weight Watchers, whose motto is “Stop dieting; start living,” views weight loss as a lifelong undertaking.”
The article went on to say, “the $40 billion dollars Americans spend on diet plans each year is a weighty amount, for sure. But those billions represent aspirations rather than effort. Dieters who want to fit into thinner jeans for more than a few months or years need to find a diet plan that will fit into their lifestyle for just as long. If we’re wasting billions of dollars on fruitless diets, it’s likely the fault lies not with Jenny but with ourselves.” http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2008/01/the_diet_indust.html
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “There ain’t nothing greater than a made up mind.” Jenny Craig will work, Weight Watches will work, South Beach, Adkins, or even Grandma Moses Diet will work when you make up your mind to do the work so the work you do will work!