....I TOLD YOU SO YESTERDAY..YOU NEVER LISTEN YOU FAT FOOL...!
......Yes, you're 3 pounds more than you were two days ago. You've overindulged! You're greedy! You've
got NO self control.......a LOSER..except you're NOT!
If the bathroom scales could speak, that's how they'd sound. Brutal and cruel. Or perhaps that's
what goes on in our heads when we step on the things. I banned mine years ago. They would dictate my mood and ruin my day.
'The fat man of Europe!' Scream the headlines. One in four of
us in the UK is obese, and the figures will get alot worse by 2050 according to a new medical report. The US has an even bigger problem.
Politicians wring their hands and exclaim: 'Why Why Why?'
Health professionals all say the same thing. Exercise more, eat less of the rubbish and more of the green goodies. I've felt guilty about not eating '5 a day' for years. As if life doesn't have enough pressures.
FOOD TO FILL AN EMPTY SOUL?
It's the BRAIN that needs to change. I'd even go so far as to say, the soul. Like fags, food fills the hole that gapes when we're lonely, angry,
sad, depressed and hate ourselves. Reach for the chocolate; a temporary hit that takes the pain away for a moment. This behaviour can then become addictive and the binge/starve cycle begins.
WE KNOW! WE KNOW....!
I went on an NHS smoking 'cessation' course once. We saw the pictures of the rotting lungs, and dodgy hearts; some of my fellow group members wheezed their way
through each session. A 91 year old woman, who lived on the 15th floor of a high rise block smoked 90 a day. 'Disgusting,' say the men/women in suits, 'where's her self respect?' Self respect? She lost that years ago, her fags were her friend. WE KNOW
BEING FAT AND SMOKING FAGS ARE BAD FOR US. WE KNOW!!!!!
Every person I've ever met and I've ever been (I used to be a smoking person so I know how hard it is
to stop,) knows that being overweight is miserable. Yet still we over eat, in private, on the run (it doesn't count,) in the middle of the night and when we think no-one else is there to judge us for our lack of willpower. None of us are stupid.
The relationship between food and human beings is complex. Being fat is not simply a physical state. It is, more often than not: a manifestation of PSYCHOLOGICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL emptiness. I say this from real experience.
Decision makers WILL YOU LISTEN?
DIETS, THE NEW RELIGION....
Lack of exercise and fast food (blah blah blah) play their part; but taxing
fizzy drinks ain't going to drastically mean a dip in levels of obesity. Poverty, joblessness, lack of hope, self hatred, where we live, what relationships we're in; all the feelings that are prompted
by these states contribute to what we weigh. So, diet then. All diets have their bibles, gurus, and successful slim disciples. If they worked, very few of us would be fat.
TAXING FIZZY DRINKS
....THE EXTRA MONEY WILL HELP OUR CASH STRAPPED SCHOOLS....(as if)
More often than not, diets are ineffective long term. Taxing fizzy drinks; yeah that'll work, just
like taxing cigaretts. Those who are struggling the most will always find a way to spend a huge percentage of their income on things 'they shouldn't.' Of course, rich people struggle and are fat too. This has to be a brain/soul/emotional thing, not just a
'buy and eat the right food' thing.
And the food manufacturers? They're busy working on a new delicious ready meal. 'Slim the wild horse way.' The packs'll be jumping off the
shelves, you mark my words.