Thursday, December 14, 2006

It’s Not Rocket Science

Generally, those who look badly out of shape, are out of shape -- and those who look in good shape, are in shape. One doesn’t have to do fine-testing to determine that; one just has to be able to see the obvious -- and in seeing the obvious, the solutions are also apparent. Thus, the difficult part for most, is just admitting what is obvious to everybody else -- that one is badly out of shape, unless there is this agreement that nobody will admit to it, and what they see is the “normal,” acceptable aging process.

However, there is enough evidence around that not everyone ages in that “normal” pattern of increasing deterioration and accumulation of bodyweight -- which is obvious, unless the culture demands nobody see it. And so that cultural blindness is what is politically correct and socially acceptable -- that people just become grossly out of shape, and nobody can say a word in judgment about it.

However, there will be a small band of mavericks who will not accept that consensus reality -- and for whom life will be very different. They will continue to improve throughout their lives -- rather than exhibit this marked disintegration that even former world-class athletes are not unconditionally immune from. In fact, often the most drastic cases of deterioration occur in those who at one time were indefatigable and invincible. They frequently drop off from superhuman regimens to virtual zero activity -- along with losing their motivation for any improvement or involvement -- since to them, it represented total dedication and devotion, or nothing else was ever offered as an option.

For most people though, seeming to be in good condition, is for all practical purposes enough to be in the modern sense of it. One doesn’t need to be running a marathon every weekend, or setting a new bench press record, in order to consider oneself in “good shape.” It’s not a fine line between being in good shape and bad, that one needs precision instruments monitored by a team in white lab coats, to determine one is in good shape or not. Usually, just putting on one’s clothes, or taking them off, for that matter, tells them whether they are or not.

But even in this, one can come to deny reality -- and then blame everything else for one’s problems, including and especially, the President of the United States, for everything going wrong in one’s life -- as we see daily in the media. Rather than changing themselves, these people will insist that everybody in the world change to accept them as they are -- “perfect,” and so they need do nothing to improve their own situation, perspectives and attitudes.

However, the rest of the world better shape up to their approval -- or there is “no hope for the world,” when that is just the projection of their own fitness and prospects for the future. That is mostly the problems reported in the media these days -- of projections of the reporter’s own despair and ineptitude.

Headlines like, “Are We Winning the War?,” as a poll, rather than a report of facts, are the typical reporting of the news -- that is only a test of the effectiveness of their propaganda. “Is America Too Fat?” should not be a poll question or study but an obvious answer apparent to anyone.


At December 14, 2006 6:33 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I know it seems funny, but it is no laughing matter; this is the great threat of modern civilization -- which will always be the unspeakable.,,2-2505374,00.html


The Times December 15, 2006

Larger-size clothes should come with warning to lose weight, say experts
Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor

Clothes made in larger sizes should carry a tag with an obesity helpline number, health specialists have suggested. Sweets and snacks should not be permitted near checkouts, new roads should not be built unless they include cycle lanes and food likely to make people fat should be taxed, they say in a checklist of what we might “reasonably do” to deal with obesity.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, the team says that “pull yourself together, eat less and exercise more” is an inadequate response to obesity, voiced only by “less perceptive health professionals” and the media. What fat people need is help, advice and sympathy to overcome their addiction to food, says the group of public health professional, which includes Sir George Alberti, the Government’s national director for emergency care.

Their checklist of possible actions includes:

Printing a helpline numbers for advice with all clothes sold with a waist of more than 40in for men and 37in for boys, women’s garments with a waist of more than 35in or size 16 or above, and more than 31in for girls
Banning the placement of sweets and fatty snacks at or near shop tills and at children’s eye level
Taxing processed foods that are high in sugar or saturated fat
Introducing health checks for all school leavers, both primary and secondary
Allowing new urban roads only if they have cycle lanes
Establishing a dedicated central agency responsible for all aspects of obesity

The report was put together by Laurence Gruer, director of public health science at NHS Health Scotland, and Sir George, who is emeritus professor of medicine at Newcastle University. The Glasgow University professors Naveed Sattar and Mike Lean also contributed to the report, which calls for wider acceptance of drugs and surgery as ways of cutting the health risks that stem from obesity.
The report concludes: “Medical practice must adapt to the current epidemic of obesity and nutrition-related diseases. The profession must unite the forces of public health and acute services to generate sustainable changes in food and lifestyles: matters at the heart of our cultural identities.

“Furthermore, training in public health medicine should urge all doctors to contribute towards bringing changes in the food industry and in the environment that will lead to a more physically active, healthier and happier population.

“As the prevalence and costs of obesity escalate, the economic argument for giving high priority to obesity and weight management through a designated co-ordinating agency will ultimately become overwhelming.The only question is, will action be taken before it is too late?”

At December 15, 2006 7:48 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

In computer programming, engineering, coaching, the quest is not to produce perfection, but to determine the 5% of effort that produces 95% of the results. Only academics who have never done anything personally, think that everything should be done perfectly to their expectations and demands without regard to cost -- when always there is cost.

In hindsight, everybody is a genius, but true genius is making the best of uncertainty in the present moment -- and not the rationalizations of what one would have done if "they knew then what they know now," which is an indication of a truly ignorant person who has never done anything personally in their lives. Everything is a mental construct played out in a classroom by which one thinks is intelligence -- rather than just an imitation of it, by an ignorant person.

So it is said, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, teach teaching."


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