I don't have weight problems

I don't have weight problems

By Brent Fairbanks

On 4/24/2011

I recently rented a booth at a local carnival to see if people were receptive to my message about health and weight loss. This was a very enlightening experience for me to say the least. I had a sign up with the question "Are YOU setting a good example for your family?" It was interesting to see people's reaction as they read the sign. The instant that it was noticed that I was referring to body weight the reactions were dramatic. Those who were clearly in need of a weight management program would turn their head in disgust, increase their pace, and avoid any eye contact.

I would guess that 75% of the people attending the event were in serious need of weight management. This was held at a local church. Even the church officials needed to be setting a better example. I always wonder how they (the churches) would feel if I suggested a heroine or meth party to be held at their congregation. Imagine the horror at the mere mention of such a thing. Yet the truth of the matter is that more people die and are debilitated by the affects of overconsumption than are damaged by heroine or other drugs. And the carnival went on. The burgers and sausages were being cooked up by the overweight volunteers and fed to the overweight guests. This was furthering our crisis of obesity in the nation.

These happy families, with loving parents, are choosing to ignore that the path they are on will lead to a lifetime of pain, misery, and ill health. I know this is a gross example (or is it?) but if we see a person who allows hir or her child to enter harms way we intervene. Letting a young child play in a busy street would likely get the child removed from the home and put into foster care. Is this really worse than feeding your child food that will ensure that they have heart disease and die prematurely? Should we be taking away the children of those who are not being responsible examples? We do it for lesser issues, shouldn't we do it for greater issues as well?

You cannot get someone else to lose weight or get healthy. They have to want to do it for themselves. What you CAN do is set an example in your own life for health. How important is setting an example? Just look around you, are your children eating the way that they should for the rest of their life?

I challenge you to set an example in your own home. To get started today get a copy of my 'weight loss myths' book. Thanks for listening, leave me a comment.

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