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Obesity – let your fingers do the walking

02/22/2013 - 5 comments

Our culture is lazy. We all know that. This is why get-rich quick schemes and fad diets are so popular. Promises of easy money and fast weight loss. Change your life with no actual effort on your part.

It’s appealing, right?

But it never works.

We end up poorer and fatter.

This is part of the reason:

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That is an ad I came across on a website today.

Take the first step to lose weight without getting up.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Bariatric surgery is controversial. It works for some, but not others and everyone has his or her own opinion about whether or not it is safe or necessary. That is not the reason this ad infuriates me. Someone’s decision to undergo surgery is their personal decision, the problem with this ad stems from the message it sends.

Part of the reason people are obese is because they don’t get up enough. Sending the message that there is a magic cure to obesity is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. It may stop the bleeding on the outside, but there is damage on the inside that cannot be undone until the bullet is removed. Promising people weight loss on the premise of not having to move their body, change their habits and possibly seek counseling to achieve health is nothing but a marketing ploy and doesn’t do much more than assure these people will end up right back in the same situation a year later.

This message is wrong.

It is not ok to remove personal accountability from the equation.

The first step should be an actual step.

Not a phone call to a surgery center.

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  • Reply Sara Phillips 02/26/2013 at 8:38 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Movement HAS to be part of the equation – HAS TO.

  • Reply Tiff @ Babes and Kids 02/24/2013 at 8:17 pm

    I agree with you 100%. That ad is appalling.

  • Reply Marla Zickefoose 02/23/2013 at 9:19 am

    Agreed! Regardless if its weight or any other issue in life. You won’t see positive results without putting forth effort in the right direction instead of seeking the easiest path of resistance.

  • Reply Kat @ iHeart7.com 02/22/2013 at 6:11 pm

    I totally agree. My entire life has changed since I made that first step… You are SO right that personal accountability seems to be the one thing people do not want when they know they need to lose weight. I was the same way — making excuses as to how and why I had gained all that weight, making excuses about why it was so hard to lose it, blaming Fibromyalgia for everything. Once I decided I was done making excuses and I took responsibility for what I had allowed to happen to my health, it empowered me to take charge. Messages like this prevent people from really getting their mind wrapped around the fact that they NEED to be active and eat healthy in order to improve their wellness and get their weight under control.

  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All 02/22/2013 at 6:02 pm

    I am very much for Lap-band surgery. I am not really in favor of the other bariatric surgeries because of the changes they make to your body. I personally have lost almost 200 lbs as a result of Lap band and hard work. That being said, I completely agree with you about removing personal accountability from the equation. People have to try everything themselves first before going the surgical route. Any responsible surgeon will make sure you fit the guidelines, which include having a certain bmi or higher, other health issues, and documentation of all attempts and programs for weight loss going back several years.