THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
This four-part documentary sheds light on the future health risks for overweight children, the consequences of diabetes later in life, and the societal challenges Americans are up against. It was a wake up call for me.
My original purpose for starting this blog at the beginning of the year was to motivate myself to improve my health habits and those of my family. I've definitely veered off topic, documenting mostly failure (and don't worry, this will remain a major theme of future posts!); but here it is September, and it's time to get back on the wagon. Again.
Watching this documentary series helped me understand that I'm not crazy for struggling with these goals; that marketing for crap is a very strong and highly profitable force to overcome; and that there is no shame in asking for help.
In the past I have shied away from asking my pediatrician specifically about nutrition and exercise, mostly out of guilt. However, when I mentioned I was having trouble getting my kids to exercise in the evenings, she suggested making them go to bed without dinner if they didn't cooperate. A much more direct stance than I have been taking! If I hadn't asked, she never would have told me this. I'd go on thinking that our evening exercise was optional.
Unfortunately, there is no solution for lack of time. Since I'm a working mom, I will have to do my meal planning on the weekend to have time for exercise and homework during the week nights.
So, if you're like me and find yourself asking "Why is it so effing hard to do the right thing when it comes to nutrition?" Stop beating yourself up, check out the documentary, and accept that making positive change is going to require a huge effort. But well worth it - for without health, we have nothing!
Have a great week.