Beware of Obesity

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In his poem “Obesity”, the poet Robert William Service is quite familiar with the dangers of eating too much fat:

With belly like a poisoned pup

     Said I: ‘I must give bacon up:

And also, I profanely fear,

     I must abandon bread and beer

That make for portliness they say;

     Yet of them copiously today

I ate with an increasingly sense

          Of grievous corpulence.

I like a lot of thinks I like.

     Too bad that I must go on strike

Against pork sausages and mash,

     Spaghetti and fried corn-beef hash.

I deem he is a lucky soul

  The above lines make it evident that  Gluttony and malnutrition cause obesity.

Tom Harkin aptly remarks: “Obesity now contributes to the death of more than 360000 Americans a year. The incidence of childhood obesity is now at epidemic levels. Alarm bells are going off all over the place. But our government has done virtually nothing”. In other countries also, an increasingly large number of people are afflicted with this disease due to very unhealthy life style.  About 5% of  Indians have this problem.

The fact is that obesity increases the possibility of several dangerous diseases like heart stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Obesity reduces our life expectancy.

The question arises how to fight fat, so that we are able to live a normal healthy life. We have tokeep in mind two most important things to fight obesity.The first is regular exercise.  Regular walking is the best, easiest and cheapest exercise. In fact, our two legs are our two doctors. Simply walk back and forth. “I simply find it restful to think of my body take me for a walk”.

The second very important tip is to eat those foods that have low-fat. As far as possible, we should refrain from using butter and cream. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. We should avoid high fat salad dressings. We should reduce the excessive intake of high cholesterol foods. Xluvrgrl rightly gives a very wise advice in the following lines:

I see what this disease is doing to you.
And I’ll come clean, I use to have it too.
You’re eating your life away.
I don’t think you realize what I’ve seen.
Obesity kills us inside and out.
Maybe you’re eating your problems away;
As people continue to call you poor and gay.



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