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The Big Fat Question

Food, as we all know, is a necessity that we need to physically survive, but a lot of people in Canada take it for granted. According to an article in the Globe and Mail written by Alex Hutchinson, Statistics Canada did a study which concluded that between 2007 and 2009 “61% of us were overweight”. Just a point to think about along with that statistic, how is it that we feel we can criticize Americans on their obesity issues when we ourselves are no better? Stat. Can. had to literally measure people to eliminate any bias due to lying about one’s heaviness involved in the study. This proved that some Canadians are in denial about their overweight bodies. According to the “norms” of society, the two healthiest ways to solve obesity issues and lose weight are to diet or to exercise. In my mind, it’s sort of a combination of the two that make for a healthy body. The only difference would be that you wouldn’t “diet”, you would simply eat healthy and in moderation. It’s easier said than done, though.

In contrast to the classical dieting techniques involving counting calories, Hutchinson’s article states that nutritional researchers are “focusing more on the physiology and psychology of why people eat what they do, how societal forces influence their choices, and what they can do to change.” He talks about a particular professor in the Kansas State University who ate less food than usual, but ate only junk food and actually lost weight. I think this is incredible! If only we were all able to do that, the world might just be a happier place. This is why eating healthy and in moderation is important to consider when you attempt to lose weight.

When I first read this article, the first thing that popped into my head was “wow, if we were all able to lose weight by eating 3 Twinkies a day the world might be a better place,” but the second was “why would anyone count calories? I mean really… if I can lose weight just by exercising, why can’t everybody else? It takes persistence and determination or motivation, but it can definitely be done. Why bother to give up minutes of your life to do the math?”

I realized that both America and Canada are space-binding societies. In my Communication Studies lecture, the professor defined this type of culture as “societies in which the price system has penetrated fully or where the military keeps the peace… [and] time is broken up into chunks that can be valued and priced.” This is very closely related to the aphorism “time is money.” My roommate Rebecca said “this is kind of a sucky part of society” after having read the definition. I agree. It makes it feel like I am part of a system, a machine if you will; and it just so happens that Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd is stuck in my head… ironic. Do we really need to size up everything and price them? Think about it.

Article from The Globe and Mail.

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