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Top Heavy

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 9:12 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
CheesesteakWe expect our nation’s current and potential leaders to be healthy. A weak body results in weak constituent support. Vice President Cheney’s laundry list of ailments has done nothing to bolster the country’s confidence in our next in line. However, we also expect those very same people, particularly candidates, to consume grievous amounts of fat, sodium and sugar in every town they visit. It’s an anticipation based on the philosophy of When in Rome . . .: When in Boston, have clam chowder. When in Philadelphia, have a cheesesteak. Failing to do so or doing so improperly (think back to Kerry’s Pennsylvania faux pas), kills any candidate’s chances in that particular region. The hopeful is, by the very nature of our contradictory beliefs, thrown into a lose-lose situation, which often spirals into ill health and diet fixation.

Mitt Romney has created such a strict nutritional regimen that he eats the exact same thing every day. Rudolph Giuliani and Fred Thompson eat what their wives allow them to (except when schmoozing with future voters). Bill Richardson has attempted the Atkins and a liquid diet. Barack Obama, haunted by a chubby childhood, rarely touches anything with fat, and Hilary Clinton has admitted to asking God for a little help on the weight-loss front. The majority of them work out religiously, using the five minutes they have free on the campaign trail to run around the block. Anything they can do to make up for the six corn dogs they will have to eat the following day is employed with a fingers-crossed mentality. We have thrown them into a yo-yoing cycle of restriction and indulgence.

If this is how we force our officials to behave, is it any wonder we do the same to ourselves?

We continually display unrealistic expectations about our bodies, weight and health. Eating the plate of chicken-fried steak, fried green beans and French fries, and chasing it with fried ice cream, won’t do any harm if we don’t eat tomorrow. And the limitations of tomorrow will allow us to repeat today’s sins the following day. Pushing ourselves to extremes, not exercising regularly and cramming whatever we can find under the backseat into our mouths has to count as healthy living. After all, everyone else is doing it. And everyone else is unhealthy. Nutrition and wellness can’t be something we squeeze in to our lives. It has to be at the forefront of our thought, and it has to stop being contradictory. Indulgences are inevitable but they are not daily. Severe restrictions may seem logical but they are not healthy. Find a balance in your life that enables happy living to coincide with health.

One Response to “Top Heavy”

  1. Peggy says:

    What an interesting idea. I had never thought about it that way before. Thanks for sharing.

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