Coke and Pepsi are popular targets getting blamed for obesity, hyperactivity and cancer. However, last time I checked these companies are unable to force one to consume their products. Let's refrain from playing the blame game and take responsibility for our own decisions and the consequences those decisions bring. We are free to choose what we put into our bodies and how often. I am going to make a claim that will not likely be widely popular, but is the truth: obesity in this county is a direct result of a lack in personal responsibility. The "it is not my fault" culture we live in has convinced Americans that their weight is the product of society, genetics, and a busy schedule oh and don't forget to blame the weather also because it makes you eat and not exercise. People believe that eating healthy is expensive and to top it all off their taste buds do not allow them to eat vegetables. With all these difficulties and obstacles, it is no longer possible for Americans to maintain a healthy body weight and those that do simply got good genes - or so we believe. We have surrendered our choice and responsibility in order to do what comes easiest. Consequentially, we have surrendered our freedom to choose and now over 1/3 of children in this country are obese and over 1/2 of all Americans are overweight. Diabetes and heart disease are expressing themselves in teenagers and young adults and even with the diseases, Americans are not reclaiming their freedom to choose health.
I am not trying to be rude or harsh; I simply face this lie everyday in my line of work and it makes me very frustrated and maybe angry that educated, intelligent people continue to believe these lies. I want to deliver the truth because there is freedom in the truth: overweight people choose to be overweight and because ultimately it is their CHOICE to put food into their mouth or not. The freedom of this truth is that you can choose to lose the extra pounds and live at a healthy body weight. People who come into my office after years of dieting without any success feel defeated and give into the lies of this culture that it is all out of their control. Dieting does not work! That is the problem - not that you cannot lose weight. If a child tries to learn to swim by jumping in the water and blowing bubbles yet continually sinks to the bottom, it is not that the child cannot swim - he just doesn't know how. Stop playing the blame game. Take responsibility and choose to reach your goals. I would be happy to help you!
Nutrition from the dietitian
Blog of Abrea Nutrition.