Gobbling toward Obesity

In a recent health story, “Half of Us Face Obesity, Dire Projections Show,” a team of scientists predict that nearly 1 in 2 American adults will be obese by the year 2030. That’s just 10 years away. The graphic below shows our current state; I have seen these stats shown in numerous other sources.

I don’t know if I necessarily agree with the extreme prediction for 2030, but the reality is that we do have a serious problem on our hands in this country regarding obesity and the food we consume. The problem has been spreading beyond the U.S. and across the globe for some time now, truth be told.

I believe that much of the problem stems from, if not flat out lies, at least “omissions of truth” from the food industry about what we are being sold as food.

In my new book, Dharma Diet, I do in fact call out the lies from the food industry. I think the facts to back me up are out there for anyone to find for themselves.

Just as troublesome as the misleading information from the food industry, however, are the lies we tell ourselves about our diet and our overall health. I used to tell myself many lies about my own diet and health. I even had a special lie set aside on this topic of obesity.

I had flirted with the obesity rate for a man of my height on more than one occasion. However, I always pooh-poohed the notion that I could possibly be obese because in my own mind I didn’t appear to be. “They keep lowering the threshold on obesity just to drive money for government research grants,” I would tell myself, or some similar excuse. Such lies were told to comfort myself. And such lies worked…every time.

The lies I told myself worked, until one day last year when I once and for all decided to tell the truth. I decided that brutal honesty was the ticket to achieving my weight-loss goals, goals that had previously alluded me for more than two decades.

Brutal honesty is one of three key ingredients I used to achieve my long-lost ideal weight. Check out my little book Dharma Diet if you want to learn the other ingredients.

Here’s a hint: all three ingredients lie inside of you, not “out there” somewhere.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

1 Corinthians 13:11

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