22 December 2006

Small rant and some random thoughts.

First, my rant. I was watching Larry King last night (I know, that will amaze some of you) and he had Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil on. Well, he also had the Biggest Loser, Eric, and they were talking about weight loss, fat, blah, blah, blah.......

One thing that struck me, and kind of pissed me off, is their differing views. Dr. Oz's view is that obesity is basically self-inflicted. Dr. Weil seems to thinks it's a great conspiracy between the government (telling farmers how to use their land), the companies (making things that are no good for us) and the advertising agencies (tricking us into buying and eating these things). Basically his view is, it's not your fault you're obese. It's not??? Does the government force you to eat those things??? NO!!! Do the companies not make healthy things?? NO!!!

Let me say I HATE the victim attitude in anything, but especially in obesity because yeah, it is your fault. No one made you sit in front of that TV and stuff your face with Cheetos for the past 10 years. I know exactly why I have 30 lbs to lose and it has nothing to do with the government or food manufactures or even ad agencies. It's ALL due to choices I made. Bottom line, end of story.

Dr. Weil says that many people can't afford to eat well. Well, let's examine that for a moment. I eat very well, whole grains, lean protein, lots and lots of fruits and veggies. I spend approximately $20.00 a week on the perishables and once a month I spend maybe $100 for meat, pasta, rice, etc. That's less than $200 a month for me and hubby to eat. I should add that I do not shop sales (not that patient) and I will pay more for prepared stuff (frozen chopped veggies; skinless, boneless; packaged salad stuff; etc.). I also shop at the health food store for some of my stuff which is expensive. Now, if someone was willing to put a little more effort into grocery shopping they could easily feed a family of 4 healthy food on what I spend. AND, as Dr. Weil himself notes, eating this way reduces your risk of disease and illness. Isn't that a big savings in the long run????

Dr. Oz on the other hand has very simple, easy to follow rules you should live by. Walk!! Strength train!!! NO trans fats!!! Nothing with more than 4 grams of sugar!!! That is basically it. You don't need to buy any special vitamins (Dr. Weil!!!!) or have any fancy equipment or eat anything exotic. Just pay attention to what goes in your mouth and move your butt.

This of course plays into the larger problem with people. No one wants to take responsibility for themselves. 'I can't get promoted because the boss is sexist.' Did it ever occur to you that you can't get promoted because you're not that good?? 'You wouldn't say that if I was white.' No, the color of your skin has nothing to do with you being an idiot. 'I get treated this way because I'm an immigrant' No, you get treated that way because you're a lazy, fat idiot.

People, grow up. Take responsibility for yourselves. Quit whining and trying to find someone to blame.

Okay, I'll stop now.

I just read a blog and he said,
"it doesn't matter what you eat or how you exercise between Christmas and New Years.
It matters how you eat and exercise between New Year's and Christmas !"
I love that!!!
You know, I consider myself to be pretty smart, but I wasn't smart enough to get today off :(
Our lab is located near the freeway and there is a real problem with the homeless living underneath the overpasses. We frequently see some really weird people walking by. Hell, we have really weird people come in the lab!! Anyway, the whole time I've been writing this there have been these 2 homeless folks with, what appears to be, all their worldly possessions fighting like hell across the street. There was screaming, yelling, throwing of things, walking off in a huff, everything. It appears now that they have made up. It's good to see happy endings. :)
Well, I think that's it. As long as I'm here I should get some dishes done.


Ross said...

You have the best blog on the internet, no offense to my lovely Sharon. Just the right mix of stuff to keep me interested. And every now and then a rant nobody else gets to read but me.

I agree with you 100% about personal responsibility issue. I think it's the single biggest problem with our society. Almost every problem I can think of, on a personal level, societal level and a political level can be traced to a lack of personal responsibility. I galls me no end. My 11 year old daughter just started recently with "not fair, not fair". I came down on her harder for that than anything else in a long time. Sorry, it's your blog not mine.

I call it "getting out the door". If you can just get out the door to train you have the battle 95% won. Even if you go easy or do something off your plan, you have to get out the door.

Anonymous said...

Some of my most balanced and nutritious meals were when I was poorest because I couldn't afford to waste money on chips, cookies, and anything pre-made.

I agree that people don't take enough responsibility for their health. But there's also an astounding amount of ignorance and rigid thinking as well.

I remember taking a college class with a woman who was "too busy" to cook. Yeah, she had a full plate as a single parent with a full time job and college classes. But how can you be too busy to dump a few things in a $15 crock pot and walk away? I can do that a LOT faster than I can get through the McDonald's drive through.

Ignorance and rigid thinking! And yes, laziness, too.

At the end, it's really a question of how bad you want it.

The only people who are really victims are the ones with medical problems that aren't of their own creation.

sharon said...

I'll try real hard not to be jealous that Ross likes you better than me!!!
Good thing you're so far away, I'd have to hop over and break your leg. ha ha just kidding of course.
Have a good run at the gardens this weekend

Vickie said...

Someone finally speaking the truth! That's what I love about your blog. You aren't afraid to speak your mind. Its usually after something like this that I realize how much I agree with you. And that goes for affirmative action too. Our state passed the amendment to ban affirmative action. So what are the courts, universities, cities, etc. doing? Trying to sue the government. I thought voting gave people a choice. Have a great Christmas!

Comm's said...

First I love the rant. I am on the fence with Dr. Weil, some things I like, others I think he is way to new age. He goes weirdo sometimes. he lives in Arizona so get to see him in the news a lot.

Your last paragraph about weird homeless people and you working in a lab totally made me think of zombie movies like Day of the Dead and Resident Evil. Made me laugh.

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