when you think it can’t get any worse than it already is,
it gets worse than it already is. Laree and I took one of our rare
let’s-get-away-from-it-all-before-we-scream trips, a one-nighter,
to the foothills of the Sierras. Those same overweight people I
referenced in Your Body Revival are a little bit rounder, a little
less active and about as stunned. They pushed bellies and dragged
butts, limped, waddled and shuffled.
news across the airwaves and in print about failed health due to
obesity is not making a dent in the ever-growing girth of men and
women and boys and girls. They’re like harmless cattle grazing
-- stuffing themselves, that is -- in verdant pastures with no knowledge
of the dangerous precipice directly ahead. It’s a long way
to the bottom.
We stopped at an In ‘n Out Burger, the fast food establishment
that has broken the fast food code and serves quality chow -- good
grilled meat, real potatoes cut in front of you and lightly fried
in agreeable oil, fresh salad vegetables, no prefabricated food,
no preservatives, no frozen or canned goods, honest, courteous and
lady stood in line waiting for her order. She was built like a jug;
arms flared out to her sides, her feet planted firmly at shoulder‘s
width with her eyes held in an upward gaze, as if in meditation.
I imagined her in deep mental preparation for a record clean and
jerk, the chalk-covered bar laying several feet before her in silence.
A distant voice of authority called out, “Number 99.”
Instantly she broke the trance, cinched up her waist band and clapped
her hands once in a burst of unstoppable sureness (I swear I saw
white powder filling the air around her… You can do this,
I heard myself saying).
strode to the counter and without pause or hesitation picked up
her boxful of burgers and fries in one smooth movement. She spun
triumphantly and headed to a corner table, a nest, filled with chubby
smiling faces and eager hands reaching out like beaks of starving
chicks just freed from their shells. Feed me. Feed me. I wanted
to applaud, hold her arms over her head and exclaim her victory.
What control. What intensity. What patience. Laree held me in check.
believe my imaginary champion represents the massive masses that
are settling into the growing acceptance that fat and large is the
trend, a part of man’s physical and social evolution, the
new majority asserting its position of dominance in a world gone
upside down, or is that fat bottoms up. Whole new businesses are
catering to the obese offering exquisite oversized clothing and
chic casual wear, couches, love seats and other furnishings for
the here-to-stay extra-large bodies and convenient packaged foods
for ever-improving appetites.
are gyms in the Big Apple that provide comfy stretching and passive
exercise classes for those who either can’t move or would
rather not. They’re resurrecting the nonsensical motorized
stationary bikes and rollers of the 1950s by popular demand. Zoom
Zoom Zoom. Body wraps for tone and massage for stimulation and herbal
applications for energy are administered by personal trainers who
are young, bright and pleasingly plump. Okay, everyone, let’s
slowly walk to our oversized chairs and sit. Today we are going
to wiggle our fingers and twinkle our toes.
we entered a new age in the bodyhood of mankind where health and
fitness have retreated to a fringe of society and fat and out-of-shape
are here to stay, at the forefront of our culture? Are we seeing
the “new majority” taking root and growing like weeds
in the world’s nation’s unkempt fields? This is a frightening
thought, but there is evidence to suggest this is so.
bucks rule in the big body world and capitalizing on the body of
size promotes the big-size body… along with its diseases,
shortcomings and limitations. Where are we going with this gross
misdirection and out-of-proportion irresponsibility? Who will determine
the way we go: the lazy and careless, the greedy and entrepreneurial,
the medically responsible and health-conscious or you and me? We
have a world war on our hands and the enemy is our self.
found a report from CNN.com this morning that said, “Fat Americans
are getting even fatter. Obesity is ballooning in the U.S. to extreme
proportions at an alarming rate.” The article went on to site
findings from The Rand Corp., startling facts and figures that alarmed
the researchers and me, but apparently not the endangered subjects
of the study.
steady upward line on the medical researcher’s graph is heading
toward 70, indicating the percentage of the nation that is fat.
Of the remaining 30 percent, many are under-muscled and unfit. The
extremely overweight, the 350- and 400-pounders are increasing in
number and size most dramatically. We’re slipping fast, bombers.
conclusion it was agreed that the problem was largely due to overeating
and inactivity. Though there are those who suffer hormonal ailments
and hypersensitivity to calorie storage, the medical profession
is turning away from special treatment for the fat epidemic and
underlining the need for personal attention, discipline and hard
work. And the biggest challenge in treating severely obese people,
who typically have tried mightily to lose weight, “is giving
them enough hope that it’s worth trying again.” Attitudes
need to be shaped and sharpened if we’re to turn this ship
around… and it ain’t no pleasure cruise, folks.
back to hope, encouragement, perseverance and discipline. What we
need to do is head off the grazing herds at the pass, get them on
the move in another direction and out of the habit of devouring
whatever’s in front of them. Where have all the cowboys gone?
partner. Have bomb, will travel.
many of you reading this cheery newsletter suffer some version of
the dilemma described above? I hope you’re not mad at me or
think I’m way out of line. This would be a bad start; one,
I can’t handle the rejection and, two, you would not be facing
reality without a sugar coating… fattening and unhealthy in
problem is serious for us as a people and monstrous for those amid
the battle. The loss of 20 and 30 pounds of unwanted weight is a
challenge, yet one can stand tall, clench his fists and march onward
to victory, the punishment endurable. When one is looking at 100
pounds and the accumulation of poor attitude, wrong action, strained
body chemistry and inertia, the summoning of courage and energy
exhaust the unfit body and spirit. Hope sinks and desperation rises
to the surface.
bad, and the condition of increasing fatness is a reflection of
the flawed character of a person or group of persons afflicted.
We all need a little work and I believe I am among those who know
the work that needs to be done and are doing it. It’s those
beyond these pages I’m worried about.
can’t make a person lose weight and get healthy, but can we
sit back while mediocrity takes charge saying with casual assertion
obesity is a lifestyle, the new majority and an evolutionary process?
How ignorant and lazy do we allow those around us or ourselves to
become? Obesity is not something -- a condition -- a strong person
can accept, a thinking people can ignore and an amazing nation can
looking around and asking questions. Are gyms becoming obsolete,
lifting weights too much like work, getting in condition too demanding,
eating right too rigid and sacrifice too dark and costly? Is the
price for a sturdy body and a strong back and enough energy to climb
to the sky not worth it?
time you come across one of these folks gently tell them to find
themselves. Dig around inside, my friend, before it’s too
late and the person, the soul, you uncover is too rundown and uncommunicative,
too sad and sorry to carry on an intelligible conversation, and
to care. Do this for yourself, do this for us. You’ll make
a world of difference.
them how they can become honorary bombers by participating in the
new world order of bombardiers and by training hard, eating right
and being strong. Of course this requires regular servings of Bomber
Blend and memorizing Brother Iron, Sister Steel and Your Body Revival.
They’ll follow you to the ends of the earth, brothers and
week, in response to overwhelming requests from IronOnline members,
we begin our series on Bulking Up, Fundamentals and Short Cuts.
her steady with God’s speed and strength.… Draper
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