Let’s get real! All the rhetoric is not really much of a difference.

I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of articles, books and discussion on talk shows about weight loss. I realize that January is a time for resolutions and losing weight seems to be on most people’s lists. But, let’s get real if you look around you know that all the rhetoric is not really making much of a difference.

As a nation we are getting fatter and fatter. Could it be that all the constant chatter is actually creating the opposite effect. Perhaps we are just like children who continue a negative behavior even though they have been chastised dozens of times. Maybe it’s more comfortable to be overweight because there are so many individuals who are.

I don’t have any answers to the problem other than what I consider to be common sense. If you eat less, and move more, you’ll get thinner. But because the problem has become so extensive, it has created a whole army of scam artists who make a living promising miraculous outcomes from a host of ridiculous diets.

If I need a good laugh I go to the book store and read the titles in the diet section. I know the customers around me are probably thinking I forgot to take my meds before I left the house, because my guffaws’ are rattling the building. There is always a book that has the word “ultimate” in it, as if you were about to embark on a quest for the holy grail. I love titles that contain the phrase “ The last diet you’ll ever go on”. Isn’t that a little like a death sentence. If you die it’s probably going to be the last time you’ll ever need to lose weight. In fact you might be the thinnest person in the cemetery. How about “Ten Pounds in Ten Seconds”. Of course I’m being facetious, but you’ve all seen the titles that promise quick results. The only way I know of to lose that much weight in that little time is to have your head cut off.

Then there’s the programs on TV that have individuals who are extremely overweight trying to climb a mountain with a log on their back or dragging a boat with twenty people in it. I call that a heart attack waiting to happen, but then all that really matters is ratings. Whatever happened to maintaining one’s dignity? I guess that doesn’t matter either.

Maybe, that’s the answer! If we thought more of ourselves, we just might lose weight to feel better. Now that’s an idea worth thinking about.

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An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, ‘Get a Life’.

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3 Responses to Let’s get real! All the rhetoric is not really much of a difference.

  1. Could not agree with you more re: ridiculous diets. Just this weekend in the London Sunday Times, they had the “Caveman Diet” , which is basically encouraging you to eat lean meat, and lots of vegetables and fruits etc. Isn’t that just re-inventing the wheel a bit? Any common sense would tell you – cutting out the junk etc would result in healthier eating habits thus healthier bodies. I think more important than to try follow ridiculous diets is to crack WHY one is over-eating/overweight etc…

  2. Ted Casher says:

    I’m overweight ‘cos I just love to eat! And I don’t exercise enough! Gotta start in mallwalking if this snow business doesn’t let up. All those diets don’t give you enough food to keep a bird alive.

    I like steak,
    Hanging off the plate.
    I like salami
    Enough to feed an army
    I like cheese,
    Gimme more, please.
    I like bread.
    Before I go to bed.
    I like Chinese.
    Sushi is a tease.
    I like pasta,
    Gotta eat it fasta.

    I’m a poet,
    And boy, do I know it!!!!

    Luv, Ted

  3. annette143 says:

    Not as many kids were fat 50 years ago?
    Maybe cause we used to make fun of those who were?
    “fatty fatty 2×4 couldn’t fit thru the bathroom door..”
    Now it’s become politically incorrect to notice a person is heavy, even when they’re about to break your furniture.
    Three friends sitting in my R.V. broke the bench seat.
    One gal broke my sofa and another who couldn’t fit between the arms of my chair, wedged herself in any way! Crunch!

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