We are living in very strange times, to say the least. Yes, there is tremendous progress in terms of technology. Things that seemed impossible or that you would only see on Star Trek are now commonplace.
In the world of medicine, what was once viewed as miracles are becoming everyday occurrences. And the best is yet to come.
Maybe not for all though. Somewhere in the midst of all this great advancement, concepts are being distorted. At the top of the list is health.
Believe it or not, those of us who do our best to train hard and often, eat well (and organically as much as possible) and actually participate in healthcare versus disease care, are now being clinically labeled as “a psychological illness” and in “need of treatment.”
On the flip side, obese individuals are being told that the extra 80 pounds are not so bad, and they are in fact, healthy, or at least some are.
It is a most disturbing trend. Obese correlates with over 20 diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, sleep apnea, cancer, osteoporosis and a host of others according to the National Institutes of Health. Most, including myself, think that that number is grossly underestimated.
The reason being is that obese is the cause of systemic inflammation, and systemic inflammation is associated with virtually every known disease. Be it Alzheimer’s or cancer, many advanced treatments are now being focused on the elimination and prevention of inflammation. The simplest prevention and best treatment is weight loss.
Knowing this fact, how can anyone claim eating healthy and exercising are in ANY way pathological? You could argue that the argument FOR this is pathological.
It is not just this either. Thin women, for example, are having a much more difficult time finding clothing that fits. Stores are ignoring their needs. The fit are now being forced to pay (via taxes) for obamacare. Obesity as noted correlates with virtually all diseases. . . which causes costs to rise. Thin people are being criticized now for being too thin or “anorexic” which is extremely insulting.
Thin people are being criticized now for being too thin or “anorexic” which is extremely insulting. Ads that feature thin people are being criticized and protested . . . for being thin.
As a runner, I am constantly told or read how “unhealthy” running is, by people who ironically have never run a 5K.
These are just a handful of examples. It would be interesting to find how WHO is pushing these trends and WHY. Perhaps the answer is rather simple — it is easy to criticize than it is to change.
Weight loss can be a struggle and a person’s appearance is not a reflection of the type of individual he or she is. To ignore the fact that obesity and diseases go hand in hand is an equal travesty of justice.
Take action by dealing with weight issues. Your health is worth it.