﷯Obesity Rant... News today "Sugar is behind explosion in type 2 diabetes independent of obesity" and "1 in 4 adults is obese" and "1 in 5 British children aged 10 and 11 is obese" Everyone please stop making excuses or trying to blame someone else for this and lets get it sorted as this is only going to get worse if it's not addressed NOW. Typical excuses such as "I don't know what I should be eating" or "I can't help it, I just crave crap food" or "I don't know how to exercise" simply do not wash with me. I know that a lot of people will read this and say "oh, it's easy for you!", on one hand yes it is you're totally right and on the other hand no, not in the f*&king slightest (I'll talk about the why's and why nots in a bit) - yes this is something I'm passionate about and for that I'm not going to apologise! Adults, however you look at it, it simply comes down to choice - call me harsh, I don't really care as that's exactly what it is! YOU choose not to be active, YOU choose to eat those crisps and biscuits, YOU choose to give up at the first hurdle, no one is force feeding you (this is the bit whether YOU decide to keep reading or to give up reading and once again avoid the need to acknowledge that YOU maybe one of these people...). Seeing overweight or obese kids really upsets me and yes I do see it as abuse and neglect - you may think that you are spoiling your kids or giving them what they want and that's the only way to keep them happy, but you are so wrong! Yes I'm sure that they'll kick off if you don't let them have the soft drink they've asked for or if you dare to put some vegetables on their plates, however, this is a completely different subject, which I'm not going to get into. As the ADULT, it is YOUR responsibility to look after your children and that includes making sure that what they put in their mouths isn't going to increase their risks of significant illness or a poor standard of health not just in their future, but right NOW as well. We're surrounded by crap role models for a whole host of reasons, but for the purposes of this I'm just going to talk about health. For some reason adults and slightly more understanding, kids, look at these people and aspire to be or at the very least, act like them. People see their favourite musician or actor 'battling' with their weight and then going on the next extreme quick fix diet and think that it's the right thing to do. Don't forget, they chose to get in that state, they chose to binge eat and drink, they chose do whatever the hell they get up to and then bring on the sob story of all the pressure from the industry that they're in. Don't get me wrong I'm sure these pressures are very real, but doesn't everyone have pressure, be that social acceptance, work, money, family, time, I'm sure I could go on. Don't feel sorry for them and relate yourself to them, relate yourself to YOU, be better than they are and take responsibility for YOUR life - believe me no one else is going to! I've tried to be healthy/fit for long enough myself and trained enough people over the years to understand the pitfalls of getting in a rut or even worse slipping into that downward spiral of 'I work to much so I feel like crap, so I eat crap to make myself feel better, but then I feel crap, so I don't want to exercise so I eat crap and then it just continues'. We as people are rubbish at admitting to the most important person that influences our lives that we need to sort it out and take responsibility for our actions and that person is OURSELVES! I'll say it again, it is up to YOU to decide to make a change, it is up to YOU to take responsibility for what you put in YOUR mouth, it is up to YOU to take responsibility for what goes in YOUR children's mouths and dare I say it, YOU are your kids biggest role models (not that they would probably admit it!). Take responsibility for this those of you who are parents, because, yes I'm going to say it, you could be signing your child's death warrant by letting them sit on that game console for hours on end and with no physical activity thrown in for balance, for letting them eat rubbish for not getting outside and kicking a ball around the park WITH them. I know you're all screaming back at the screen saying it's just not that easy and we're not educated in this area like you are! Well, I'm going to scream right back at you, I wasn't educated in this, but decided to well before I even decided to become a personal trainer, but I'm also going to say that some of the government strategies are far too weak (and generally focussed at those who are already showing symptoms of poor choices) and it is up to them to educate those who come into the doctors surgery with illness due to poor lifestyle choices (I've said it again - choices!) as well as educating those who think that they've got nothing to worry about. We've all seen the adverts showing us photos of healthy lungs and smokers lungs, lets start taking the equivalent food related ones into schools and colleges! Lets get our kids handling and seeing the amount of sugar and fat in the drinks that they have and then show them photos and videos of people needing care because of this. Get people with Type 2 diabetes into schools to tell their stories and at least get something positive out of their position. Let get everyone understanding the difference between carbohydrates, fats and proteins and basic ratios we need of each and how we shouldn't be excluding any of these. Overall, be it schools, doctors talking to diabetic patients or even dare I say it personal trainers talking to clients, in fact anyone in that privileged position of being able to pass on their knowledge - stop being so soft on those in your charge and start saying the cold hard truth of the position that they're in or could be in, they'll appreciate it in the long run... Healthy eating and activity always comes across as being an effort and a chore - it needs to be communicated by the government in a totally different way as it obviously isn't working right now (speak to me as I have a whole load of ideas!). News just in, 'Bariatric operations may rise from 80 to 300 a year in Wales!' And how much does that cost and how much less would it cost to educate and support these people to do it sensibly so that they can actually learn how to live responsibly, which would mean even less of a burden on the NHS and tax payers in future years as they won't need as much on going care or treatment. Operations are expensive. Operations do not teach healthy lifestyle choices (sorry, but those leaflets that every patient get pre and post op don't count - I know this as I've had a client who was a doctor with a gastric band fitted!). Because operations don't educate or support healthy lifestyle I guarantee that the vast majority of patients will be back in for further treatment in years to come due to more poor lifestyle choices(!) as it comes across as a quick fix and that they don't know any better. Various areas are calling for the need of 'obesity task forces' and the need to promote healthy eating and sport within schools - hang on isn't this something that they always TALK about?! Stop talking and start implementing, as there are so many fun, inexpensive (if not free) things that we can do adults, parents, teachers and kids alike that work. If you're still reading my rant, thank you. If you get what I'm trying to say please retweet, share tell your friends, even tell your local MP if you think it's appropriate, but most importantly ensure that YOU are doing all you can to make a difference to YOU and all those around YOU. If you don't quite get the message that I'm trying to get across retweet, share and start THE conversation. We're surrounded by magazines and internet sites that tell us how to get fit and what 'diet' we should be following and I do understand that it is a minefield of information - what's right and what's wrong? Before you let yourself get bombarded with all the confusing mess of information decide on what YOU actually want to achieve as this will at least help to narrow your search. Oh yes, why is it easy for me and why is it hard for me.... It's easy as I've made a choice(!) to commit to leading a healthy lifestyle and fingers crossed one that will help influence and educate MY children and all those I come in contact with. It's hard because when I train, I train hard. It's hard, because I don't think I have enough time to cook. It's hard, because I'm tired. It's hard because I feel old and I ache. It's hard because I don't feel like I have enough time BUT... ...I know for a fact it would be a lot harder to die at a young age and not get to see my kids grow up or to be bedridden before my time and need my children or love ones to look after me instead of getting on with their own lives, all because of MY poor lifestyle CHOICES...