Overweight or Unhealthy?

Recently, a friend emailed me to ask what she could do to clear up some “brain fog” she has been experiencing. In her note she said she was “Healthy with no issues other than some extra weight.”

DO NOT DELUDE YOURSELF! Make no mistake about it- If you are overweight you have health issues. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his book “Eat to Live”, health complications directly related to being overweight include:

  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cancer
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty Infiltration of the liver
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease

….and on and on.You cannot get around the fact that if your body is not functioning at its peak the cause could be and very likely is the result of being overweight. Magical thoughts and wishes do not make food healthy. There are NO PILLS that will allow you to lose weight without jacking up some other part of your body. If you eat food deficient of the nutrients your body needs to prosper, you will get sick. You will get a disease. You will die. You will be a statistic.

If your waist is larger than 35 inches (women) or 40 inches (men) then it is GAME ON! Your number one goal in life is to GET HEALTHY and lose weight. No diet pill, no magic shake, no surgery. Eat healthy food and move your body.

You can not stop the law of cause and effect. Don’t kid yourself, until the weight is gone you cannot label yourself healthy. Forget bathing suit season- get motivated so you can live longer!

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As a Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath teaches athletes from the professional ranks all the way down to elementary school about character and leadership of self, team, coaches and critics. His widely read blog at jamesleath.com is a top resource that educates athletes, coaches, and parents in sport psychology and personal development. James is currently finishing a graduate degree in Performance Psychology.

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