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Sunday, December 19, 2010

What has 2010 taught you?

Whether you consider that you have had a good year or not, perhaps the most important aspect of life itself is taking the teachings of another year and using them to grow, develop and continue to move forward. Here are the things that 2010 has taught me; I would love to hear yours as well;
· First impressions generally prove true
· Kindness and generosity are far more important attributes than looks or qualifications
· Bad behaviour generally predicts more bad behaviour
· $60 is way to much to pay for a meal of plain fish or chicken
· I do not understand the mentality of the Y generation
· Thoughtfulness and true generosity are actually quite rare
· Important events really show you who is sitting in your corner
· Relationships are far more important than titles
· People who don’t get Summer Heights High generally do not appreciate my sense of
· There is nothing more fun than Roar and Snore at the Zoo
· No one needs a large coffee
· Everyone needs a good gay husband
· Being able to say “I am sorry” and really mean it can ultimately define a person

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Taking personal responsibility for your food, your weight and your life

Last week on a trip to Perth I sat behind a 200kg woman and her 130kg daughter in the back row of the plane and found myself pinned to my seat for the duration of the 4hr trip - trust me, the irony of this situation is not lost.

As I sat there, unable to move, work or even get up to walk around easily I was considering if it was inappropriate to tweet this experience when we landed. Yes, I knew that there would be some backlash - "have some compassion, imagine what it is like for her", "It is not her fault", "you don't know her story" but then there was something nagging inside me that thought, "sure, it is not lucky to have genes that leave you predisposed to gaining weight" but at what point is it about taking responsibility for self and acknowledging that you have a problem and making an effort to change it?

I have no issue with over weight people, in fact much of my life is spent helping overweight people but I do have an issue when their decision to be overweight impacts others. Trust me, this woman felt no remorse for pushing her seat back as far as it could go, nor did she order the breakfast cereal when it came around. There was no evidence that she was sorry for the issues she was causing on the plane and she became very aggressive with the attendant when he refused to let her move to a spare row because he wanted to leave it for a young family with 2 small children.

As is the case with all life areas, we move forward when we cease to become a victim and take responsibility for ourselves. When we start to inconvenience others, then that is a definite sign things need to change. The upcoming season of The Biggest Loser will again highlight the issues with have with behavioural obesity in families across Australia. Let's hope bringing the burden of Australia's growing weight issues to the attention of many more people will encourage more Australians to take responsibility for their weight and their health. That or we need to start building bigger planes