Weight Up

January 20, 2010 by Bill Bradley

“Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.”  Jay Leno


Title: Managing Your New Year’s Resolution

Competencies: self-development; self-control

Who benefits: you

Consultant Usage: background material for coaches and trainers

What’s it about?  I am continuing to write this month about possible New Year’s Resolutions.  On a very personal level, you may be setting a goal about controlling your weight.

Latest estimates by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests at least two out of every three (adults) of us are overweight.  Notice I used the word “us”!  So Jay Leno (see above) is correct.

Why? Why? Why?  There is so much information available, who with the ability to read or watch TV doesn’t know there is a problem and how to fix it?  So why even write a posting about what everyone already knows?  I will answer my own question.  Maybe this time of year a few of us will commit to a new set of tactics and actually do something about our weight.  Nothing ventured, nothing lost.

So begin at the beginning.  Take a look at a really good article from the Mayo Clinic “Weight Loss Basics”.  (Anyone else see the irony of a weight loss article from “Mayo”?)  Lots of options inside this link.

If you need a fitness motivator to assist in weight control, take a look at the American Heart Association’s “Start! Daily Walking Guide”.  It’s “kinda kute” and just might work.

And if nothing else, please read the new, short article “Public health takes aim at sugar and salt “ from Harvard Public Health Review.  Yikes it is scary.

Okay, as many of you know, I can resist almost anything but temptation.  I conclude this posting with one of three possible interpretations: Humor, sarcasm, or cynicism.  We all know what is good for us but we don’t heed the warnings so here is an appropriate list of books for us: Dieting For Dummies (The American Dietetic Association listed as co-author); Nutrition For Dummies; Fitness For Dummies; and, of course, for a grand finale, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weight Loss.
Catch you later.
[tags]weight loss, weight problems, obesity, nutrition, diets, fitness, mayo clinic, american heart association, american dietetic association, new year’s resolutions, bill bradley, william bradley, bradley[/tags]

Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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