Of course it's good to be healthy, but this advice is normally so thoroughly bundled up with shame it often does more harm than good.
Yes, people enjoy happier and longer lives if they are not carrying extra weight.
They also enjoy longer and happier lives if they are not laid low by anxiety, depression and self-contempt.
Is our central problem that we ask too little of ourselves or that we demand too much?
We hate ourselves for our every imperfection and then we over-consume in various ways to suppress the shame of that previous over-consumption.
There are two epidemics under way in the West - obesity and depression.
How interesting that both started just as people began obsessing over their body mass index.
"The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind."
~~ G.K. Chesterton
|Bella and Charlie (aged 8) hanging out together - June 2012|
|Joseph aged 6. Photo taken at his school art exhibition - September 2012.|
PS Still haven't found another music site, but discovered how to add a youtube and start it playing when you click on my blog. So much for the peace and quiet!