THE "FATTIST" FILE MOVES ON

OUT OF THE CLOSET

My recent Hub entitled "APPARENTLY I AM A FATTIST" appears to have hit either a chord or a nerve with some readers .Leaving aside the one who got hold of the wrong end of the stick and advised me that he also was a FASCIST and proud of it, more discerning souls polarised into those who agree with me that Obesity is the modern version of a Plague of olden times, and those who countered that in fact, anorexia and bulimia were worse scourges.

Let me here come totally out of the closet on this debate, for whilst I am aware that the diseases of bulimia and anorexia are not to be trifled with or ignored, I maintain that alongside obesity they are in fact much less risk to society. However that is not to minimise them and indeed ,for a short time many years ago, I knew a young lady who clearly suffered from the problem and can empathise both with her and the anguish caused to her family.

CERTAINLY, I WOULD FEEL INADEQUATE IN PRONOUNCING ON THESE IN ANY GREAT STRENGTH BUT THEY DO SEEM MAINLY TO AFFECT THE FEMALE SEX TO THE POINT OF ALMOST EXCLUSIVETY WHEREAS OBESITY HAS NO SUCH SCRUPLES ABOUT AFFECTING EITHER SEX.

As such, it therefore seems logical to me that obesity must be the greater problem to mankind and as I understand more about self inflicted obesity than I do about anorexia etc, hence my thoughts so expressed. To me, every case of the latter and associated diseases needs swift and positive medical assistance both to determine the cause and to expedite a programme of sustainable recovery. Likewise, as I wrote before, there are obese folk who come into that category and to them, my heartfelt sympathy and equal advice to seek professional advice and help from those so qualified. My targets fall outside those areas into the points where people allow themselves simply by sloth and usually by their nurture than their nature, though in too many cases both to become effectively clinically obese.

Strangely, the often categorised as "lazy" races in the world, residing in their natural habitat and away from the modern form of life, seem to avoid the problem unless and until they come into contact with our modern society. Inuits, Aboriginals and African native peoples seem to show this to be true. Progress is based on change but for many of these peoples, change has not lead to a better way of life in the long term. Aristotle said, "Happiness Depends On Ourselves". Of course he was correct, but in the modern world the forces that now exist mean that it is not always in the hands of those thrust into the so called modern society from quieter, simpler societies.In more modern times Gandhi said, "There Is More To Life Than Increasing Its Speed" For some the choice does not exist but for the majority, there is a choice to make and sadly many choose the path that leads onto obesity. It is towards these individuals and family groups that my thrusts are directed. Out of the closet and onto the battlefield it maybe, but I remain convinced that for many the path towards, or away from obesity is within their own choosing pure and simple, end of story!

SIMPLE STEPS TO NORMALITY. "EAT LESS, MOVE MORE".

By far the simplest way to avoid obesity is to ensure that the balance between intake and output are clearly recognised from an early age. To many parents find sticking their children in front of a TV and feeding them sticky sweets is the easiest way to ensure domestic calm. As a result we find reading standards drop and children fail to discover the Holy Grails to be found in books whilst they steadily to pile on pounds till ballooning almost beyond redemption both physically and mentally.

Last week a well known Radio Presenter, bemoaned publicly that she was now an unacceptable weight and proceeded effectively then to justify her position. This was met with short shrift from one of her listeners who, to my joy and delight told her simply to "EAT LESS MOVE MORE". Succinct, to the point and the best advice she could receive from any source. The lady so suggesting, explained that she too had been obese and had determined it was down to herself to recover from the place she had put herself in.Self motivation based on sound principles is certainly the premier way to tackle this problem. Like smoking cessation, the will of the individual is the key to success especially when supported by those closest around.

iT HAS BEEN SAID THAT A 3/5 MILE WALK WILL DO MORE GOOD FOR AN UNHAPPY BUT OTHERWISE HEALTHY INDIVIDUAL THAN ALL THE MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORLD.

I fully subscibe to that and also that after such a walk or sensible exercise that everything around seems to have doubled its value. The solution to obesity in many, many cases is as simple as the lady said, EAT LESS MOVE MORE" My 77 year old and heavily built gym friend in Turkey, Jean from Belgium, does 60/90 minutes daily on the exercise cycle because his Doctor told him he had a choice. He could either, "Sit still and die" or "Move and live" Though still heavily built, he chose the latter and feels better by the day.Thus, age nor sex is a barrier to solving this problem and yet our National efforts are so feeble and ensure that vast sums of money annually are used up in dealing with the obese and their various allied diseases. There is no sign, despite lip service that things will change at all and so the problems will continue like the spreading fog till it envelops more and more. Positive action I suggest will by then prove too late.

I would love to start the fight back now and, as those who read my last Hub will know, I was fascinated by the story of the British posters printed in 1939 when German invasion was imminent but never took place. As a result they were pulped later but some escaped and eventually were recovered and now the legend that is "KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON" is known to millions on all sorts of merchandise. I think a worldwide campaign on "T-shirts, Tea Towels, Mobile phones etc based on "EAT LESS MOVE MORE" is well worth exploring. Now, If only I knew someone who had a business that did T Shirts, maybe, I could approach the NHS to get involved and start a National campign initially in the UK. after that, the world could be our oyster.

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF OYSTERS ARE FATTENING OR NOT?




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