Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Globe and Mail Says We're All Way Too Fat

"The Great Weight Debate" is on at Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail.

Every issue, for one week, starting January 15, 2011, the paper features major articles on "fighting obesity".

"According to Statistics Canada, today half of the adults in this country are either overweight or obese, and our kids aren't far behind.  The best Canadians can boast is that we're not as fat as our Krispy Kreme-loving neighbours to the south." says the paper.

The Canadian government is finally waking up to the cost of obesity, even surpassing smoking, since it can make you sick for a very long time.  Rates of hypertension, joint pain, asthma and diabetes are rising rapidly.  Obesity lengthens hospital stays and spikes the risk of certain cancers.  In fact, a new study put the price tag for Canada at $30-billion a year and climbing.

What's the solution?   It's not simple.

We've all heard that you simply have to burn more calories than you take in.  Walk. Jog. Work out at the gym.  Swim.  Cycle.  Exercise with the Wii program.  Just get active.

The Globe and Mail says that researchers now know that genes can predispose even the most active to weight gain, that mental-health issues such as depression make a difference and that the environment may trump willpower - a complexity consistently absent from public messaging.

"Consider how uban sprawl confines people to cars and long work hours keep them behind a desk.  Time-pressed families are more likely to eat packaged food and oversized restaurant meals.  Poor Canadians tend to be heavier than their wealthier neighbours, but poverty is only one factor in a big Pot. 

What's more, obsesity appears to spread like a virus, in what researchers call the social-multiplier effect:  People put on more weight when their family and friends are also heavy."

Personally, I remember our doctor having a sign in his office saying that if you aren't willing to work with him to quit smoking, you should find another doctor.   I asked why he didn't have a sign up like that for people who have weight problems.  "That's too personal," he replied.  But it's actually more serious than smoking.

So, how can we help people who are struggling with their weight and are ready to make changes?

1.  Accept and love them just as they are.  No judgements.

2.  Help them know there are programs to help them take control of their weight, their lifestyles, their diets, their mindsets.  It's a team effort.

3.  Usana Health Sciences has a very effective, safe and simple RESET and Transform program, that includes healthy eating meal plans, exercise routines in the home, nutritional, low-glycemic meal and snack replacements, and regular encouragement by professional trainers.  Many tie in with the Healthy For Life program provided by Dr. Ray Strand, MD, a member of Usana's Scientific Advisory Board.

Please contact us if you'd like more information on the Usana RESET program.   Visit our website for more detailed information as well.  There is long term hope for a healthier, balanced life, free of obesity.

Deanna and Dave Waters
Dedicated to promoting healthier homes, vibrant lives, secure finances
1-888-320-8250   Call us!

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