Monday, August 20

Dawn sent over this column from The Guardian - We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised

It discusses the current obesity epidemic we're facing and looks into just how we got here. But it also points out that we need to be very careful about who we blame.

It's easy to sit back and say obese people are just lazy or unmotivated to eat better diets and exercise more. And while those two things will help, it's not that simple.

"Perhaps this is because obesophobia is often a fatly-disguised form of snobbery. In most rich nations, obesity rates are much higher at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale. They correlate strongly with inequality, which helps to explain why the UK’s incidence is greater than in most European and OECD nations. The scientific literature shows how the lower spending power, stress, anxiety and depression associated with low social status makes people more vulnerable to bad diets."

We offer nutrition guidance and fitness programs here, but we also need to make sure we are providing an environment that welcomes people from all walks of life. We need to make sure anyone that walks in the door feels welcome and knows that we aren't judging them for being overweight or unhealthy or whatever. We need this to carry over into the real world too.

"Food companies have invested heavily in designing products that use sugar to bypass our natural appetite control mechanisms, and in packaging and promoting these products to break down what remains of our defences, including through the use of subliminal scents. They employ an army of food scientists and psychologists to trick us into eating more than we need, while their advertisers use the latest findings in neuroscience to overcome our resistance.

They hire biddable scientists and thinktanks to confuse us about the causes of obesity. Above all, just as the tobacco companies did with smoking, they promote the idea that weight is a question of “personal responsibility”. After spending billions on overriding our willpower, they blame us for failing to exercise it."

It's not as simple as we like to think and hopefully we can all be supportive of those that are fighting against the tide of marketing and tainted research. I wish that we could do this for free and reach more people. I wish governments and corporations weren't so entangled that we have a hard time seeing the truth. And I wish it was easy for everyone.

But since it is not easy for everyone, we need to help. Whether it's through spreading the truth of what real, nutritious food is or inviting someone to workout in a safe place where they won't be judged, I believe we can make a difference. 

Workout for Monday, August 20
Kipping Pull Up Practice

4 Rounds for Time
10 Power Cleans (115/85)
12 Pull Ups

CrossFit 616