Are we happy being fat and unfit? Honestly?

By Meeghan, 11 April, 2013

Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world according to the Monash obesity and diabetes institute. What is startling is that fourteen million Australians are overweight or obese in a country of approximately 22 million. And if weight gain continues at current levels, by 2025 close to 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese.

Obesity has now overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia and on the basis of present trends we can predict that our kids will have a shorter life expectancy than earlier generations simply because of obesity. What was once the Australian stereotype of a country full of fit lifesavers is now a stereotype of fat, jolly, couch potatoes. But are we happy being fat and unfit? Honestly?

Dr John Tickell, a medical doctor who has spent the last 25 years researching the health, well-being and longevity patterns of people around the world, asks, “Why is it then, that no one is willing to stand up and force Australians to confront the ugly truth about our overweight and obesity crisis? What alarms me most is the political correctness and reluctance to tell it how it is. We are fat. When we are fat we look and feel terrible. What’s required here is attitude and lifestyle change.”

The biggest loser reality TV show may claim it is helping the ‘next generation’ but belittling and shaming contestants isn’t a credible response to the problems we face.

The question we must begin with is are we happy being fat and unfit? Honestly? The answer is a resounding no, because it doesn’t feel good when we can’t zip up our jeans or bend down to pick up our kids or pets or walk up the stairs without puffing and panting.

We often forget when we get into a rut that exercise and being a healthy weight makes us feel fantastic! So we must make time for exercise in our daily lives and strive to be fit, strong and a healthy weight or sooner or later we’ll have to make time for premature death, diabetes or cancer.

We’ve been warned.

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