Is dieting really a hidden epidemic? Well I think it could well be.
When you consider the amount of diet and weight related clubs there are throughout not only the UK but the rest of the word, it produces quite a scary number.
Everybody knows the big three of Weight Watchers, Slimming World and the NHS Change 4 Life, even the Hairy Bikers have a web based club! In fact there are so many clubs I couldn’t actually put a number on them. There are local clubs, internet based national clubs, home food delivery weight loss clubs and even clubs for overweight children. Regardless of this, the great bit is, they all work to the same ends and give you support along the way.
What I suppose I am concerned about is the amount of people having to go on diets. Now it is not unusual for many people to “put on a few pounds over the winter” and feel that with the summer coming they need to get back into shape but the amount of clubs and support groups out there is one of the only true reflections of the amount of people wanting that help. To that end, am I to consider that we are a nation of fat people? Or is the human condition really predisposed to this 21st century setting of being overweight?
Obviously every individual is different. Many people can simply manage their diet themselves. They see they have slipped a little over a couple of months and decide that it is time to put it right and kudos to their will power in being able to do so but it is only a small percentage of the population that are lucky enough to deal with it this way. The bulk of us have the requirement of support groups for psychological help, whilst a weekly weigh in can work wonders for keeping our fingers out of the biscuit barrel. It is as they say different strokes for different folks.
Obviously my weight loss management solution was the most extreme measure that can be taken. It is not a solution as much as it is simply a tool to help with the weight loss. It is a “chip to cash” but once in a lifetime because if I fail at my weight loss after having undergone this procedure then there is no other solution but to have my mouth sewn up and my hands tied behind my back forever 😉 It is amazing to think that even after the removal of a great proportion of my stomach, I can still put weight back on over the years after I reach my target. Generally the weight loss is achieved within a period of two to three years because by then, that’s when the stomach has enlarged (although only a very small amount) the swelling has reduced and the gastric system has adapted to its new size allowing the small intestine to take away food a little more quickly than before, allowing yet more to be put into the not so newly formed pouch and thus more calories to be consumed.
Okay, this is an extreme example but there are people who have had the procedure and have not addressed their eating habits and thus end up with weight issues creeping back into their lives, even if they are not as severe as the one that led to surgery. It is for this reason that I believe we have so many people on diets and so many diet clubs wanting to help them through it.
It therefore begs the question that once someone has been to weight watchers or slimming world etc and used the support group that they found available to them helping lose their excess weight, why do they so often put it straight back on and more besides? The club or support group has done it’s job, it has motivated, measured and recommended and the final outcome has been positive so why is it sometimes as little as six months later the successful dieter has put on all of the weight they have lost plus more besides and then have to go through all of that pain of losing again?
I have been reading recently of the concerns about additives put in the fast foods advertised on our TV screens on a daily basis. I have also read that these additives are now being looked upon as addictive to many people. The additives offer the correct texture and the correct salt, sugar and fat hit required by the fast food company to keep their customer coming back for more. These additives are not only in the fast foods though, they are in packets of crisps, they are in bars of chocolate, they are in sausage rolls and cakes, in fact they are in anything at all that is processed and quick and easy to eat, they are even in breakfast cereals. Now I know that sounds like a generalisation and it is to a certain extent, but food manufacturers want their own product to sell more than their competitors so they are willing to go to these extreme lengths to make it happen.
It is obvious that we have not even begun to scratch the surface of what is really going with our food but something is awry for sure because way back before this food was available, in a world where people had to prepare their meals from scratch, there was most definitely no where near the amount of weight issues troubling the nation and certainly nowhere near the amount of weight loss clubs servicing these people. Do we therefore need a government intervention into ingredients? Do we need to get back to basics or do we simply need to stop eating processed foods.
I’m afraid I cannot answer these questions as all I wanted to do was raise the question “Why are there are so many diet clubs available in todays society”?
And I think the answer has to be “Because we need them otherwise the NHS would be totally overrun with Bariatric basket cases like myself”
Finally, before I go, I would for a change like to do a quick straw poll and ask you guys how many diets you feel you may have endured and what if any worked for you the best.
Many thanks in advance for any input.
Stay out of the fridge.