Seriously people! I am beyond sick of hearing advertisements for weight loss and “health”! Enough of this already!!
On a daily basis the radio and TV are swarmed with commercials, infomercials and testimonials of people who are paid to swear by a product with guaranteed results overnight. This is just ridiculous and it sends the worst message ever! Take this pill. Get this surgery. Use this body wrap. Get this injection. Blah!!!There no is magic cure-all for health or weight loss.
This morning it hit me hard. Usually, I just ignore these ads; it is just background noise. Since we are on holiday break from school, the girls were watching TV this morning. No exaggeration, 20 minutes of solid commercials for weigh loss surgery with guaranteed results in two days and financing available. Of course, the people promoting it all looked like they could grace the cover of Cosmo.
As I realized my 7-year old was completely fascinated and my 15-year old was sadly looking at her stomach, I suddenly wanted to cry and scream. They are beautiful girls and believe me, none of them have any weight concerns. If anything, their MD thinks they need to gain a few pounds. This is not a message I want in their heads! A- asked me for something healthy for lunch afterwards. Part of me still wants to cry as I think about this morning. I have always tried to keep fruits and veg in the fridge at all times for the girls. Even in the worst struggles, we adults stop eating just to ensure we have enough for the girls. It has been a few years since things were this bad, but we still kept healthy options in the house for them.
All of my life, I have had problems with my weight. For most of my life I have been on the plus side, and only considered medically obese for a year in my mid-20s. Weight management is important because it affects my health problems: depression, bad back, damaged knee, blood pressure, etc.
People irritate me with their desire for weight loss. It is called weight management! Eat sensibly and include some form of exercise in your daily life. Yes, daily! Playing soccer in the yard with my daughters is an excellent form of exercise. Chasing them around the house with a nerf gun is just as good. Hitting the gym for an hour is my favorite. The boring half-hour long yoga DVD is also included in the category of exercise. Do something daily.
Take it from someone who worked fast food for over 10 years. You must watch what you eat. Most of my life, my diet has been: I see food, I eat it. Not the best way to go about it, but after working fast food for so long, I learned early in life to change up my meal options on a regular basis. To be honest, I lost my taste for most fast food years ago. Yes, I still hit the drive thru at least once a week, but it all tastes like cardboard to me. I would rather make something at home. This is my fault for poor time management on those days. And I own it.
During the course of the last 12 months, I have been trying to learn more about nutrition. I was never taught that our nutritional needs change as we grow older. This is something new that I must learn. I watch documentaries, I read everything I can find, I work with my MD, I even work with my therapist on the subject of nutrition. Poor nutrition does make depression worst and I am living proof of that. We must put in time and effort in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight. In no way, shape or form will it ever magically happen overnight. So unrealistic to promote this crap! If a person sits around all day and eats junk food, of course they are going to have issues. They must get up, move around and change their habits. No different than if you want to quite smoking. You MUST change your habits. How can anyone promote such nonsense in this day and age of educational options?