You can’t go a single day without hearing or reading something about the Obesity Epidemic. Even the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is involved. Make no mistake about it, there is an obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, either no one is listening, or the information they are listening to is incorrect — either way the obesity epidemic is getting worse.
Awareness is great, but alone, it is not the solution. We have been aware of the fattening of the United States for more than a century. Bernarr McFadden was sounding the warning cry as far back as 1902. In his his magazine Physical Culture, he declared that weakness was a crime and implored his readers not to be
Most people did not hear, let alone pay attention. Yet, some people did hear and heed his warning. One of those was an Italian immigrant who resided in New York, Angelo Siciliano, who became famous as Charles Atlas. Another who had heard McFadden’s message was a young, sugar addicted, sickly, west coast resident. He not only heard the message, he listened and changed his life. That young boy became a chiropractor and without a doubt the leading fitness enthusiasts to walk the planet earth. The young boy was Jack LaLanne. Many listened to Dr. Jack LaLanne, unfortunately, many did not.
For more than one hundred years people have been sounding the alarm; shouting from coast to coast that obesity is coming, obesity is coming and unlike the colonist of revolutionary America, citizens of the United States chose not to listen. The result are:
-a population with people unable to bend over and tie their own shoes
-a population of diabetics who will make owners of dialysis centers wealthy beyond imagination
-a population that has given rise to big and tall and plus size stores; a population whose young now require insulin to live
-perhaps worst of all — a generation that may not live as long as their parents.
Who is to blame? The list is long and distinguished.
-the government with ridiculous carbohydrate laden food guidelines.
-Ancel Keys, M.D., whose fat headed ideas regarding dietary fat has led to fatter and fatter people.
-George McGovern, whose personal bias and nanny state political ideals led to the dietary fat is bad mantra from the federal government.
-agribusinesses which have placed a glut of nutrient deficient foods on the tables of the world.
-scientists who invented high fructose corn syrup.
I could take up an entire posting with those who are to blame, however, the most important person on the list is the only one that matters.
That’s correct, the person that stares back at us in the mirror. If you are one of the overweight, obese and unfit
without an underlying medical condition, then you are the one who is responsible and you are the one who can take control and do something about it. I know, I was one of you. I lumbered about carrying a ponderous, pachydermian three hundred and fifty pounds upon my frame. I took control of myself and in turn my fitness level and you can do it too.
However, there are still many who sabotage our efforts. They could be those we are close to personally, or they could be those who we never meet in person, but they are there. People as famous as Rush Limbaugh and President Obama to Wilkes-Barre Scranton personalities like Steve Corbett, Webster and Nancy and L.A. Tarone. The enemies of the state of health and fitness are out there at every level and I will endeavor to call them out. It is important to recognize the enemies in this battle, not to assign blame, but to recognize who they are and defeat them so that we can in turn win the battle over obesity!
Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. His web site www.ObesityUndone.com is available to help you reach your goals.
He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, Bounce Back to Your Brilliance w/Angel Tyree, What’s Weighing You Downw/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.
************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.************