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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Dr. Molly O’Dell makes one correct point: Obesity is an epidemic. Unfortunately, like the rest of her medical colleagues, she does nothing but complicate the issue, offering the detailed intricacies that make it more confusing than it has to be, and offers no real solution to fixing the problem.
It’s time we leave these complex explanations of obesity to the scientists and doctors, because to the average person it’s meaningless and intimidating. The only thing the average person needs to focus on is sticking to the diet.
If you’re going to get thin and healthy, you are going to pay a price. But you’re paying a price now for being fat, aren’t you? The fact is, a price will be paid one way or another, so why not choose the one that offers the most benefits? Unrestricted eating will eventually lead to disease and death. This is one of the reasons fit people see getting fit as a simple decision, followed by a short period of heavy discipline that eventually leads to a light discipline for life.
Dr. O’Dell argues we need to “build environmental changes in our communities to create the conditions for all of us to eat healthy and move more in our daily lives.” Most communities around the country have multiple parks, gyms, walking paths and community pools, yet we’re still a nation of fat people who are getting fatter.
Asking the government to intervene and spend more tax dollars to build more facilities is not the answer. The answer is a simple choice that must be made by each of us. Do you want to die fat? Or, do you want to get tough and finally get healthy? It’s your life. It’s your decision.
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