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Is The 21st Century Responsible For Obesity?

The lazy, overweight American

Is the new century helping us become lazier?

I hear so many people talk of how we were so thin years ago but so obese today. While it is true that there is more marketing and choices of food, human beings really have not changed all that much.

In fact, decades ago parents cooked with so much lard and an abundance of other unhealthy items that you would wonder how they ever lived past forty.

So I ask myself, “What has changed?” Diets and depravation have been around forever, so clearly they can’t be the causation of this epidemic? The economy is in the toilet now, yet even during the great depression most people were still thin.

I really believe that we are now taught that you can have as much as you want and you can have it whenever you want it.

Children overeating

How much is to much?

We now have the days of tons of marketing to children. Then there are the electric carts in the grocery store that are almost always filled with obese people. Please don’t get me wrong; if they need the carts, then we should have them. It is just the question of why we have gotten so big that we need them to begin with.

What happened to physical exercise? I mean children still go to gym class don’t they? Oops, I forgot that many states have cut that from their budgets. Well, at least they can go home and chat online for most of the day with their friends. Of course the sedentary lifestyle that comes with that could be another answer.

So what can we all do? Should we buy those weird looking people movers called “The Segway” in order to get from place to place? After all, Steve Wozniak of Apple drives around on one and he doesn’t have a weight problem, does he?

Biking is no longer needed thanks to Segways

Are segways the death to physical fitness?

The point that I am really trying to lead to is that we have been taught to eat much greater proportion sizes whenever we want to and then to live a life as sedentary as possible.

If this is how most adults today are conducting their everyday life, then how are they supposed to teach their children to be any better? If we look at the statistics and rising health costs, we could have the greatest threat to mankind since the creation of the atomic bomb.

So, my recommendation is to get out there and do something. Just one small thing. One extra step. Pick up a Jillian Michaels video if your afraid to go to the gym. Get into P90X or some other great exercise product so you can just take a little time a day to get some progress made. Just do something!

The next time you’re on the second floor of a building, take the stairs up and down. Forget the dreaded elevator lift, you will make everyone else riding the elevator happy and you will start to feel better both physically and mentally.

We can succeed if we just take on little step forward at a time. It is up to us.

Don’t expect fantastic changes in a single day. Though a month or so down the line, you might be greatly surprised.

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The More You Starve The More You Lose

I thought for sure over the last few weeks of editing our feature film, that it was okay to skip or forget meals. If anything I figured I would end up with fewer calories and probably lead to weight loss.

Well that idea went out the window pretty fast. I found myself getting slower and weaker and by the time we finished at around nine at night, I would just eat whatever was around. Healthy food or not, it was just easy and I would just go right to bed afterwards just to start again the next day.

The team and I have been working on a seven-day a week schedule and I really love the creative process. What I haven’t loved is getting so tired that it started to put me to sleep on the couch.

So when it came time to listening to the almost a hundred experts and celebrities from over the last three years, it suddenly all really made sense.

Practice what you preach. If I add that lunch plus a snack or two, not only will I keep up that energy, but also I will make better choices throughout the day. I also found that my metabolism started to kick in more and the weight loss jump-started again.

I had always thought when I was a kid that if you were overweight, you could easily go for days without eating. When others would talk about starvation, I would simply look at myself and think there was no way that meant me.

Well, lesson learned. You must feed the mind as well as the body to achieve a functioning system.  No matter what my size may be, this works for most living creatures.

So the next time the team breaks for lunch, so will I.