Chiropractor and Author Doc Joe Leonardi presents
This week’s Enemies of the State of Good Health!
A list some people, entities, groups, and organizations that I believe are a detriment to the battle against obesity.
You may agree, you may disagree. Please feel free to comment.
Cover of 30-Minute Meals
From her talk show, to her food network show, Rachel Ray is a definite detriment to our country’s good health.
I have written previously about the weight loss story being played out on the RR show. It is a sad state of affairs that one person would exploit the struggles of a teenager for ratings. But what makes it even worse? —- This line from the RR website; “Join us for the start of an inspirational journey as we follow one overweight teen’s struggle to take control of her life and finally reach a place where she can love and accept herself.” I am a strong advocate for a healthier life. I want everyone to strive for a more fit physique. However, in all of my writings, in all of my speeches, I have never had anyone question self-love and self acceptance. What a horrible implication! Then, to make matters even worse, is the whole “event” goal mentality that will surely set someone up for failure.
Rachael reinforces her position on my list with her Food Network show, 30 Minute Meals. Her continued use of over-processed, over-refined, carbohydrate laden ingredients makes my waist bulge just watching it.
What saddens me the most about placing Rachael Ray on my list is that I am a fan of hers. She took an opportunity and made the most of it. She is now in a position that she could continue her ratings success and use her multiple platforms to make a positive impact on the State of Good Health, yet she choses not to.
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I am aware that there are success stories in the bariatric surgery field, however the emerging overuse of this technique is taking away the any potential positives. The various operating room procedures that are used to help people lose weight all pose significant risks. Risks, that in my opinion, may not always necessary. We don’t take the time to educate people about proper eating and exercise. Instead, many accept the prevailing surgical mantra, “A chance to cut is a chance to cure,” and ignore the underlying problem.
The underlying problem is NOT a stretched out stomach that requires a reduction in volume. The underlying problem is often times a lack of understanding of the obese mindset. Via techniques that simply by-pass the stomach, the mind is ignored. It is much more effective, less invasive and risky, to change the mindset than it is to change the anatomical structure.
Besides the risk associated with the surgery, there are post operative problems, the change in the physiology of digestion, potential malabsorption syndromes and the potential failure of the individual to maintain the sparse diet required.
All in all, bariatric surgical practitioners are a detriment to good health.
President Barack Obama
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President Obama’s push to change health care in this country has left completely ignored the more important part of the phrase health care, HEALTH. By continuing to perpetuate an illness based system, the president has neglected the true problem in our country — our lack of good health.
Other accomplishments that assisted President Obama onto my list are:
-He took almost one year to appoint a President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
-He appointed an overweight Surgeon General in a time when obesity is becoming a leading health concern in the Untied States.
-He has done very little to help change the food pyramid, the supposed proper eating plan, put out by the U.S. Government.
-He has done very little to demonstrate that he takes care of his own health with exercise or good eating choices. Playing golf and eating at burger joints are not leading by example.
Barack Obama, President of the Untied States, “leader of the free world,” will lead the country further down it’s unfit, obese path.