I was drawn to this segment of an article I was reading in our local newspaper this morning. It is not so much the headline about how prejudice is spreading around the world against "fat folk". Rather, it is the fact that there are huge health problems associated with being overweight.
According to a new study by the University of Arizona, many cultures that once associated curvy bodies with youth, fertility, wealth and beauty have gobbled up North Americans anti-fat prejudices and now associate obesity with laziness, lack of self-control and moral failure.The study reports that obesity rates are rising around the world except in sub-Saharan Africa, with developing countries now identifying obesity as a major public health concern. An obese persons life is, on average, nine to 13 years shorter than someone of normal weight, and obesity is linked with an increased risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke.
So, never mind that there is a tendency to look on "fat folk" as lazy, or undisciplined or whatever other negative things pop to mind. The known reality is that is simply dangerous and life-shortening to be over-weight. I also want to tell you that it is not the fault of the "fat folk". They are not lazy or undisciplined. They are simply victims of industries that target them and get them addicted to foods that are harmful and activities that are not helpful.
The fitness industry has been focused on telling us to just work harder! Even if it is something we hate! Of course, if we hate something, do you think we will stick with it? Not for long. I have always enjoyed the oft quoted definition of insanity: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Why has the fitness industry not come up with help that will work? Simply put, it is not in their interests because money is made by charging on an hourly rate for the gym coaching and personal training.
A better way is about to be introduced to the world very shortly. It focuses on doing what makes sense and encouragement, rather than shouting and blaming.
Stay tuned. :)