January 8th, 2010
by Scott Tousignant · Filed Under: Fat Loss Motivation
All that I can say is WOW! You must take the next 7 minutes to watch this incredible report from CBS News. It’s absolutely frightening to watch how the obesity crisis is affecting our children physically and emotionally. But the time to watch is over. It is now time to ACT!
What are your thoughts after watching this video? What were some of the comments that really stood out to you?
Here are some of the things that really jumped out at me…
The comment that shocked and infuriated me was, “The personal responsibility approach is a fine place to start, but we’ve been doing it for over 40 years now and we’re losing the battle with obesity. That’s been an experiment that has failed.”
Personal responsibility an experiment? Are you serious?
In my humble opinion that’s one of the most irresponsible comments that I’ve ever heard. I would love to hear how this gentleman has experimented with personal responsibility himself.
Personal responsibility is not an experiment. It’s not something that you try or dabble with. It’s something that you continue to improve upon for life. It’s your own personal freedom. It’s EMPOWERMENT at it’s best.
One of the more shocking images was of the young boy who actually didn’t appear to be much overweight yet the ultrasound revealed the damage that had already begun as a result of the poor quality of food that has been consumed and a less active lifestyle.
My heart absolutely sunk when I watched the two young teenage women and the emotional impact that they have been going through.
To hear how guilty one of them felt because she didn’t start sooner really made me feel sad. She should be celebrating the fact that she did take action. She’s giving herself a chance for a brighter future. She’s becoming a powerful role model for so many incredible young girls out there who may be feeling hopeless. That’s something to be proud about.
To hear the other young woman say that she just wants to have fun really hit me. It’s amazing what excess weight really robs from us. You don’t need to be 400 pounds in order to feel the effect of being robbed of the life that you deserve.
I totally applaud them on taking action now. Frankly, I believe that they can be even greater teachers than I ever could because of what they’ve gone through and what they are discovering on this new path that they have made the CHOICE to follow. With that choice they just exercised personal responsibility and it’s working!
Another thing that stood out from the video was the amazing things that can be accomplished when a group of people work together for the greater good. Community and support can absolutely move mountains. You never have to feel alone. There is always someone out there to support you and encourage you to become the best that you can be.
It was very interesting to see how no new fast food joints have been allowed to open up in their town. That certainly sounds like a better option than the Taco Bell Drive Thru Diet Menu that we discussed yesterday.
This community took it even further by making healthier foods more readily available. Now that’s the right kind of action. Replacing a bad habit with a new positive one. This was the promising part of the news report. It’s great that CBS showed both the frightening and the promising sides of the obesity crisis.
One of the points that was brought up in the report was how junk food is cheaper than healthy food. I can agree with that statement to a certain degree, but if you are a smart shopper it can actually be cheaper to eat healthy.
I wrote a post and created a video a little while ago showing the difference in price between healthy food and junk food. You can check that out here: Does Eating Healthy Cost More?
We always stock up on chicken breasts when they are on sale. We can usually get 6 chicken breasts for $10. We consume foods such as lentils, oatmeal, and eggs which are very inexpensive. When frozen fruit and veggies go on sale we fill our freezer with them. For the past month our local grocery stores have had incredible deals on frozen fruit and veggies.
One of the ’solutions’ that has been presented is a tax on junk food. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. I’d personally prefer to see the government come up with solutions to help lower the price of healthy foods. Our Canadian government gives tax breaks for families who put their kids in sports, maybe they could give tax breaks if they see your grocery bill contains mostly healthy foods?
Marketing to children is definitely a problem as stated in the video. Obviously the governments pressure on these companies to reduce this form of advertising is not working as good as it could. More definitely needs to be done on this level.
Distorting science is always a problem. Junk food companies may do it in an effort to try and prove that their product isn’t as bad for you as portrayed in the media. But it’s also a problem in the fitness and diet industry. Distorting science in an effort to sell a book or program is a practice that is way too common in my opinion and it’s something that I would love to see something done about.
One of the topics that I will be covering in the next few days is about having a “Powerful Why“. It’s a phrase that has been used much too loosely in my opinion and I believe that it’s losing it’s impact. I’ll get more into that later, but what I want to know from you right now is…
Was seeing this video enough of a reason to take action towards your healthy goals right now? Or will it be forgotten by the end of the day?
Is seeing our children suffering like this enough of a reason “WHY” to become a better role model for them?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s have another lively discussion on this very important topic.
Keeping It Real,