All You Can Eat….

2016-01-04_11-13-55.pngI don’t know if the “all you can eat”  is just an American thing or is it more world wide? But I do know that obesity is a very prevalent in America.   Kind of like our obese military budget we rule the world when it come to overweight.

I will readily admit that I, like most American I think, have a weight problem. I gain weight in the cold weather months when I am pretty much a couch potato. Going into this winter season I started out on the heavy side so I knew I had to do something about it.  In the last three months instead of gaining weight I have lost about 15 lbs and hope to lose another five or so before Spring.  I can finally see my feet again! 🙂

We Americans just seem to have too much of a good thing when it comes to food. Much of  the third world struggles to put food on the table and we mange to put too way much there.  Obesity just seems to be an American tradition now. They say that half our population is now considered obese! We have so many cable TV channels that are geared exclusively toward eating and of course our grocery store shelves are lined with unhealthy things that cause us to put on more and more weight. “All you can eat”  and “super size” seems to dominate our culture these days.

2016-01-04_11-01-29.pngRecently I watched a 2013 BBC movie entitled “Philomena”about an elderly Irish woman who was trying to find her son who was taken from her years before and sold to an American family by Catholic nuns. The lead part was played by Judy Dench. I love everything she as been in and would highly recommend this movie if you don’t mind shedding a tear or two.  Getting to the point, when the Irish lady learned that her son was taken to American fifty years before the first thing she said was that she wondered if he was obese as those American all over eat or whether he might be dead because of all the guns and violence in that country .  In looking into this further, that mentality seems to be pretty prevalent in much of the rest of the world. We Americans overeat and are too violent.

Getting back to the point here, I am personally trying to buck the obesity trend by getting down to the weight I was more than a dozen years ago. As I lose physical stamina in my elderly years I need all the help I can get to stay active and in as good a health as I can.  But, then again, don’t we all??? Shedding all those “American” pounds seems to be a no-brainer….