Here We Grow Canada!

Now before I continue, I want to clarify a couple of things. Here are a couple of hints. Numero uno, I’m not talking about the growth of our countries, land mass, economy or diverse population and number 2, this growth isn’t worthy of accolades and a sense of national pride.

Okay, (Insert one second timer here) what’s your guess?

Sorry, time’s up.

What I’m talking about is the ever expanding girth of Canadian’s. Yes…Here we grow.

Nearly one quarter of our fellow Canucks are considered to be obese.  Now compared to our neighbors south of the border this is peanuts to their staggering expansion. According to the OCED (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) 70% of all Americans are considered to be obese or overweight, with that percentage expected to balloon to 75% by 2020. Yikes!

Now before we break out the champagne and break into a chorus of Go Canada Go!  Let’s get back to reality. There are still 25% of us in grave danger.

For those of us who confuse obesity to being overweight, there is a big difference, excuse the pun.

Being overweight is one step below obesity. Obesity is one step closer to the grave

Being obese increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart diseasetype 2 diabetesbreathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis, to name just a few.

Now to figure out how some of us got that way, doesn’t take a brain surgeon or a million dollar scientific study funded by the people, all we need to do is look in a mirror.

Here’s the synopsis, we move less and consume more, aka, we lack exercise and consume way too many calories.

We have become a victim of our times. With the abundance of cheap, high calorie convenience foods and fast food outlets that seem to be located on every street corner, along with our lack of exercise, mostly due to the convenience of driving our gas guzzlers to the corner. Instead of those excess calories being burned through exercise they end up contributing to our ever expanding waistlines.

So how do we stop this epidemic that’s slowly killing us, or society and our planet?

Unfortunately we don’t react to, or consciously notice small gradual changes aesthetically in our own bodies, such as weight gain and degrading health. Usually of course not until it’s too late and it becomes a more serious health issue, or of course if someone points out the fact. I guess this is in part due to our lizard brain. We only seem to jump to task when the change is an immediate threat.

It kind of reminds me of a scene in the movie “Inconvenient Truth” where they show what happens with immediate and gradual changes in the environment. In the movie they use an animated frog, first they boil a pot of water and then put the frog in, the frog then immediately jumps out. In the second exercise they put the frog in the pot of cold water and then add gradual heat to it, the frog stays in the pot even as the water boils.

The point of the exercise is to show that we react to immediate changes but adapt to gradual slow change that is of course until we can no longer adapt.

We have a lot more in common with that animated frog than we think.  That’s our lizard brain at work.

Will we ever be able to dethrone our neighbor’s in the south? Realistically, probably not in our lifetimes

Then again this is one area where being last is the new first.

Eat less…Exercise more!

By: Master Tim Bell.

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