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Sunday, May 01, 2011

It's amazing how much our society is focused on fast food, quick fixes, alcohol, and using sex to sell a whole gamete of products. Portions are out of proportion. I just read a blog on a 600+ pound woman who wanted to be in the record books for reaching 1000 pounds...I'm really not sure why, but I've taken care of several morbidly obese patients who are bed-bound and unable to really even move themselves who are pushing 500 pounds. All of their health complications...the two that come to mind never left the hospital except by way of the morgue. If that 600+ pound woman was wanting media attention, just think of what an awesome story it would be and role model she would be if she started following a healthy weight loss plan and lost about 450 pounds instead of gaining it!

Another blog I read addressed Mrs Obama's address to GMA (?) and how she was challenging them to provide healthier choices instead of trying to make existing items available appear more healthy by swapping one "bad" ingredient for another. Grocery manufacturers and advertising agencies do not make us or our children obese, we do it to ourselves. It is our decision as to what goes into our bodies and how we teach our children and what we let them eat. Personal accountability has to be in the equation somewhere. Of course, being bombarded with ads and all sorts of convenience foods doesn't help any when we find ourselves in a swirling vortex of overcommitment and strapped for time. I had a class in high school many years ago that had us looking at advertisements and how they played on 1) our fears, 2) need to keep up with the Jones, and 3) sex (feelings of being attractive, liked, fitting in). It's also interesting the stereotypes that get reinforced by ads--women and shopping, men and sports, what is considered sexy, material items/money/power provide happiness. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

One of my favorite quotes comes to mind...“Be the change you want to see in the world.” --Gandhi.

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  • LORIENABANANA
    ARGH!!! I share your frustration. What a crazy world we live in! I teach at a University where students are complaining about tuition raises, but carry phones and/or purses that cost a couple of months of tuition.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I felt that you really understood what I was trying to say. It's both scary and exhilarating to think about the power we have over seemingly impossible situations.
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