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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weight of the Nation

Tonight I am watching Part 1 of a four part HBO special called Weight of the Nation. It's free online or through you cable provider in the On Demand menu, even if you don't have HBO. It is SHOCKING, really just shocking. The Husband and I are both typing away on the laptops, too busy to really pay attention... except we constantly stop, pause and replay (thank you Tivo) what was just said. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by it all. And also to start to think it's okay to be overweight, it's not really hurting anyone.

One of my biggest questions was "Why are Americans more overweight than Europeans?" My in laws all live in the Netherlands and we visit frequently. While not everyone is skinny, you almost never see an obese person and morbidly obese... well I don't actually think I've seen a morbidly obese person on my trips through out Europe. I don't know if this series will answer all these questions, I don't actually know if the show will agree with the Belly Fat Cure at all. I think it will, since the BFC questioned these questions for me. (They don't have all the sugar and artificial sweeteners in their food like we do) But I love how half way through a man says "It's not a matter of saying 'I want to or I'd like to'... it's what will be". And he is right... it is all about making up YOUR mind that you are going to make the changes you need to lose your weight.

You can watch it all HERE. Watch it. Don't let it upset you. Let it motivate you. Let it help you move on step closer to your goal weight. It's not about what size jeans you wear. It's about your health. Being around for you kids, really being there for them. And your grandkids. You can do this. You are doing this.

20 comments:

  1. Amber, thanks for pointing this out...I got so interested I watched 3 of them today! It's hard not to let them get you down, but it makes me feel good that I am actually working hard to reverse the process. I found the part about subsidies to farmers quite a revelation. I'm off to our BioMarkt ( organic food store) now!

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  2. Thanks for sharing the link Amber - I plan to watch them this evening!!

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  3. I did not get to see that but will make time. I do agree with the comment of what will be.. So true.
    Have a great day :-)

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  4. Thanks for posting. I don't have cable and was interested in what they are promoting. I read Gary Taubes' article with his response to the show. I've gotta say that I am really enjoying the lacto-paleo and I am putting more effort into getting local pastured meats and if I can't get it local, going to US Wellness Meats. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are coming to my town so perhaps that will provide more options as well.

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    1. Heather, thanks for point me towards Gary Taubes' article. I will check that out. I hear very good things about US Wellness Meats. We are still with Marin Sun Farms and are very happy with it.

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  5. Good Share! Some really valuable information here. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Look forward to reading more of your articles. Voted up!

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  6. I watched this and the middle part got me down a little, BUT that said I look forward to watching the others. It is better to be informed, right? It is a little like scared straight for dieters!

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  7. We don't subscribe to HBO (here in Canada) so I'll have to see how I can watch it. Sounds great though! As for your comments about Europeans, I've gleaned from what I've read that they are not afraid of "fat" like we are/were. I heard comments from someone who lived in the South of France that said the diet there is very high in fats (cheese, organ meat (think pate), olive oil, etc). I think it's so many things here - I just watched videos of Dr. Lustig where he calls all the factors "a perfect storm". I started my own blog so I could join you all - I posted Dr. Lustig's videos there so have a look if you haven't watched them yet. The series is called the Skinny on Obesity. http://empoweredeating.blogspot.ca/

    As for subsidies to farmers ... ugh. Dr. Weil says subsidies (like Corn and Soy) are ruining the food chain in America. Also, what about Monsanto? I read this article recently - way to go Californians! http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/Millions-Against-Monsanto-zwfz1205zhun.aspx

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  8. Needed to read this post today. Many thanks!

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  9. thank you for sharing. I will put it on my list.. :)

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  10. Thanks for the link...I'll check it out.

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  11. Thanks for the heads up on this. I didn't know that this was on tv. I've been on the couch sick this week, so it was a good time for me to watch this today. I really hope that society as a whole helps to make a major shift in the way we eat and buy food. It was stressful watching it, but also hopeful when seeing steps that more and more people are starting to make as they learn the truth on this issue. I mean, really, how long can the facts be ignored? It seems to me that as people see shows like this, and begin to see the big picture and how this affects our entire society, they will begin to make changes that stick because they will begin to realize that the stakes are higher than their own personal reasons for losing weight.

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    1. Just wanted to say that even if you don't completely agree with all that is said diet wise in the documentary, which I don't, the overall point of eating healthy, etc. is the most important lesson to take away from it.

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  12. I don't have HBO, but it looks interesting. I could be wrong because I haven't been to Europe, but I think they get a lot of exercise walking everywhere instead of taking cars everywhere. I know that my German friend was explaining how her friends that are the same age as she is (85) ride their bikes everywhere. Can you imagine that here? An 85 year old riding their bike down the street? They also eat "real" food. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, homemade breads, etc. No huge freezer of frozen processed unhealthy foods. I know that my sedentary lifestyle certainly isn't optimal for my health:(
    Well, I certainly shared my thoughts:)

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  13. Funny that Germany is mentioned here because I remember that breakfast in Germany (from traveling there about 20 years ago!) consisted of some really good brown bread, sliced cured meats and cheeses. No danish, muffins or sugary cereals. And it was delicious!

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  14. I just read these comments (re: The Weight of the Nation) from Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, a well-known, Swedish medical doctor specializing in family medicine. He is better known as the Diet Doctor, leading the way in the low-carb high-fat revolution happening in Sweden. I had a good chuckle and thought I'd pass it on ...

    "I just saw the first episode of the much talked about HBO program Weight of the Nation, about the American obesity crisis. As you’ve probably heard they take an utterly conventional approach. When it comes to causes of this disaster all we’re hearing is the same old failed talk about too much food, fat and calories in – and not enough exercise.

    Is that tired advice going to fail less badly today than it has failed us during the entire obesity epidemic? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is, as Einstein’s famous quote goes, insanity.

    But what really blows me away is the title graphics, pictured above. When wheat (starch!) is considered an icon of health, is it any wonder that the massive weight of the nation is increasing every year?

    The producers should be sent a copy of Wheat Belly."

    http://www.dietdoctor.com/the-wheat-of-the-nation

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  15. Thanks for sharing this link. I will definitely watch this one.

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