Obesity’s Dutch Uncle

Obesity Epidemic HumorSo, it’s no secret. In fact it has become common knowledge. There is an obesity epidemic out there spreading across the nation – and starting to reach every corner of the world. You see, read, and watch it through articles, blogs, movies, and television yet the epidemic isn’t getting any better.

There are rumors out there now that our obesity problem will and IS affecting the security of our nation? This is a pretty bold statement, but disturbingly believable given what we are all-seeing these days. I’m not sure how safe everyone feels with soldiers out there who cannot perform the physically strenuous duty of protecting our freedoms. Soldiers have to be physically fit, no doubt about that.

We are also VERY aware of the cost. Obesity comes at a cost. A cost to our health, a cost to our finances, a cost to our very livelihood. Being overweight leads to immediate and long-term deficits that will cost you something in the form of your health and your money. This domino effect has been well communicated and observed.

Yet here we still are, fighting the very same fight.

Denial Cat HumorMaybe it’s denial? For some strange reason, with all the facts out there, and all the free resources out there the majority of the public believe they are NOT overweight or obese and that their weight is just fine. I’d like to think it has a lot to do with environmental conditioning and just simple ignorance (not calling anyone names, simply pointing out that some don’t fully understand how obesity is defined).

We are all a product of our environment whether we like to believe it or not. The great thing is our future is not determined by the product of our environment. We are however the product of our choices.

Could it be sheer stubbornness? Someone tells you to do something and you rebel just because you can?

I don’t know the answer. What I do know is that what we are doing up to this point is not working. The habits of the modern-day Joe and Jill are not changing. In my humble opinion they are getting worse. Our ‘convenience’ society is only getting more stagnant and more lazy (sorry for being so blunt). We are always looking for the quick way out, the easy down-hill road, and the option that takes the least amount of work and energy. We have computerized, automatized, and de-humanized everything. All of which contribute to and magnifies this deadly epidemic.

The solution is not in a pill people. Stop looking on the shelves for the answer. Why do you think the wonder ‘weight-loss’ pill has not been developed or discovered yet? Why do you think those that have tried have been denied approval? Because it just isn’t possible. It’s that simple. You can sugar-coat it all you want, but that’s the cold hard truth.

It’s also not solved by one ‘program’ or regimen. It’s all about your choices of your lifestyle. Sorry to bust your bubble on that one.

Uncle Sam Wants You to Lose Muffin Top HumorWe are our own worst enemy. We chirp about healthy living and are in awe of the physical prowess witnessed while watching our latest and greatest professional sports event, but then we are subjected to all the cleverly sponsored subliminal messages concerning calorie-laden drinks (beer / soda / energy drinks), fried fatty foods (take your pick there), instantaneous gratification (everything bottled or canned), and everything convenient. It happens so fast and is so efficient that we put Pavlov to shame.

The fact that it will take work deters most from even trying. We are our own worst enemy (did I say that once already). We are not dumb. We are not blind, nor are we not educated. We are however lazy, stubborn and down right gullible. Sooner or later, when you do wake up, you’ll understand what I mean. Stop being controlled and take control of your health. You only get one chance at this, and only get one body – use it wisely.

It’s no secret to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, it’s evident without reading or doing the research. Unfortunately it’s not easy. I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.

The battle rages on.

Sean Dent

I am a Certified Athletic Trainer and Registered Nurse trying to stay fit on the journey. Visit my blog for more of my fitness tips, My Strong Medicine.

10 thoughts on “Obesity’s Dutch Uncle

  • November 1, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Unfortunately the problem seems to be getting worse. Last night I took the kids trick or treating and was shocked at the number of people driving the kids from house to house rather than walking. At least my kids got to walk a couple of miles for their treats (most of which need to disappear).

    • November 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

      I have witnessed that myself Bill – it is a sad state of affairs.
      Thanks for commenting!

  • October 31, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Hi Sean,

    Great piece!

    I second Doug’s Amen!

    Take care,


  • October 31, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hey Sean, you’ve managed to pinpoint the problem… Adapting a healthier lifestyle isn’t easy, but definitely worth it.

    • October 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Doug, I thought you might appreciate my curtness.


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