Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
See Prax, you can walk into a drug store, and there will be a whole aisle of medications that can help you lose weight...Dexa-Trim, shakes, bars, prepackaged food plans, etc. You can go to any restaurant and there will be a slim menu on most all of them. There are societal steps being taken, there are education plans in place, much like there was for smoking. But it doesn't work for all, and many need medical intervention. Currently, we're offering that intervention in the form of surgery, at the tax payer's expense. You're already paying for the fix. And it's not a good fix either. Sure, it may make the person skinnier, but, obesity is a symptom of an unhealthy body, not the cause. Some people can sneak by with the sickened kidneys and clogging arteries while still maintaining a trim figure.
True, but there are always going to be similar cases of people who smoke or do other drugs that the current systems don't work for, due to whatever complex personal issues they have in their lives.
Unfortunatly no matter how much the restrict smokers, or how much they attempt to solve the obesity issue, there will still be a good number of people who will need the above surgery regardless, because they don't take the initiative in protecting their own health.
It all boils down to individual decision making in my view. As a loose example, with all the tax hikes on smokes, with all the ads on how smokes can kill you which take up half the pack's surface, with all the known illnesses and connections to cancer and everything else we're bombarded with everyday of our lives.... I started smoking just last year, after years of not wanting to smoke. The system worked for so long for me, but eventually I personally made the decision to start smoking, and I have nobody else to blame but myself.
When I over ate, I was fully aware I was, but I didn't care.... food tastes good. When you're bored or depressed, you tend to eat more. Get depressed about your weight, and then you eat more.... it's all in the head when you think deep down about it.
You have to look at yourself in the mirror, look at your body and ask yourself if you are pleased with what you see. If not, then ask yourself how you became so fat by your standards. Then instead of actually cutting back eating and trying to make some magical transformation, start to look at what you do in the run of a day. What were you thinking when you were eating what you were? How much did you eat and why?
Basically, you have to find out for yourself, what makes you eat more then you neeed to. What part of your brain is making you instinctively go for the snacks without paying much attention?
See the problem with most overweight people these days is that either A)
they don't think they have a problem (Denial) or B)
They know they have a problem, they admit it, cry / get emotional about it, and use that to get other people to do the work for them... which in the end, doesn't make them learn anything and they continue through their cycle of eating, slowly killing themselves each day. The first main step is to accept that it is your own responsibility that you are the weight you are. You are not Big boned and it wasn't your mother's genes. They may have played a small part in the situation, but overall, they can easily be used as excuses.
Why on earth do we feel consumer goods of questionable efficacy, and surgeries to starve them thin, are a better fix (I'm quite sure it's not cheaper), than a weight loss counseling center where they could have access to nutritionists, trainers, and equipment to lose weight. Or heck, even a gov. voucher for a gym and trainer so they don't have to maintain an infrastructure.
Makes sense. They have tax breaks for people who get bus passes through the year for helping reduce pollution.
If activity's the answer to obesity, and people are clearly not doing it themselves for whatever host of reasons, we should be offering as much help for this particular mental block, as we do to other addictive problems.
And that's why they brought back:
:P... oh I missed those commericals. Ok no I didn't, I hardly remember them, but I do remember the Special K logo on crack. The commercials today though are pretty funny.