Health Styles

Who's in Charge?

When an entire society suffers from an epidemic of obesity, it seems clear that your weight problem has its origins beyond your particular metabolism, eating habits or genetic endowment. Seen from one point of view, your excess weight is caused by something other than your lifestyle.

That's both true and not true. It's true, and you should take cold comfort, that the problem you have is not only yours, but a society's. If you're feeling guilty because you can't lose weight, you can take some consolation that two thirds of the United States can't do it either, so you don't need to beat yourself up.

On the other hand, it's not true, because your lifestyle is exactly what is causing your weight problem and because you are living like the rest of America. To the extent that you eat as America eats, you bloat as America bloats.

My blog will address two issues simultaneously. The first is negative: our food sources and our eating habits are killing us. They are killing us slowly - first comes fatigue, depression, social and sexual deprivation, then disease, expensive health care, and frequently job loss. Then, finally, we die.

The second issue is positive. You are the only one who eats and controls your lifestyle. You can find out why our food and water are toxic, why we can't just eat "regular food" (code for "advertised food') and eat in our cars like everyone else.

The sort of good news is that you already know a lot about how to eat in order not be fat. But you don't do what you know you should. That's why I will introduce you to the Enneagram. The Enneagram will give you a lot of insight into why you do what you don't want to do. I am an Enneagram coach. My specialty is helping people who are stuck.