Relying on others to make you happy means that they can also make you not happy... Self motivation is the key.
Figures recently released show New Zealand is suffering what has been called an obesity epidemic. Apparently we are now in the top three fattest countries behind the US and Mexico, where 36.5% and 32% respectively of the population are obese. New Zealand’s rate is just below 29%. The survey says excess weight is a leading cause of a number of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer. Morbidity rates will certainly rise and for some people quality of life will be lost. So who ultimately is responsible for this epidemic? us as individuals? Health professionals? The government? It's an interesting question worth consideration, and not a simple one to answer. For me it's all of the above. If I was to put the responsibility of my health in the hands of others, then effectively what I am saying is that I don't believe I have any control over my own wellness! Im afraid things just arn't that black and white. Whilst it may be the case on some levels, I will never be convinced that I or anyone else for that matter is totally powerless. While we have the power of thought - we have the power of choice.
I do agree though that to tackle this health crisis we need to look at some of the bigger issues at a government level. For example sugary drinks are a more affordable option over healthier alternatives.. What gives with that??? We also need to restrict food advertising aimed at children and we need to be mindful about fast foods being available in schools. However, I don't suspect that the government will be doing anything anytime soon, as regulating our food and advertising will result in fewer votes. There begs the question as voters, what is more important to us as individuals? Freedom of choice? Or a health system that's going to be sustainable... It's a bit of a catch 22. There is no single solution to fix this problem, however weight management through diet and exercise is still the best approach if obesity is to be avoided, and one in which we as individuals can control. We simply can not blame all of our choices that we make on others no matter how convenient and justified we may feel.If we don't take stock of this obesity epidemic we may well cripple our own health system. My advice for what it's worth, would be to make the choice while we still have choice.