While I was in Atlanta on a family health emergency for six weeks during the past holidays into the New Year, I had time to read the daily Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sure enough I came upon a reminder of what we know, in the December 29 (?) article, “Portions issue run deep”.
“The three biggest drivers that mess us up are how big our portions are, how frequently we eat and what we eat,” said the quoted author of “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We think” (Bantam, $7.99 paperback).
The sociologist Batty Glassner (author of “The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat,” Harper Perennial, $14.95), refutes the common notion that it’s the economy and saving money that drives us to poor choices offered by many fast food chains. Note that we spend less money on food, but portions have grown! It was a surprising fact to me, assuming that to be true.
What is undoubtedly true is that the obesity rate nationally is near 34%, and what we expect and plan to eat, has expanded with our girth.
I was nursing and encouraging my ailing elderly mom over the holidays, and noted that the ex-military cook who prepared some of her well-balanced, nutritious meals and those of others in her assisted living facility, appeared to have a troubled concept of ‘moderation.’ This was true even tho I discussed with him the matter of quantity served my mom, that seeing too much food on her plate literally freaked my mom out. The nurse supervisor confirmed the same fact for many elderly she knew: too much food on the plate motivated their refusal to eat. The quantity served to mom and others seemed to satisfy this caring cook’s needs regarding food and nurturing, but not the resident’s actual needs.
Glassner claims that we have at play, a lot of social and psychological aspects to food. We can’t pretend that it’s just a nutritional issue.
Neither can those who have a desire to corset waist-train, pretend the same, regarding the body size or shape that they wish to modify. How one gets to where one is and regarding what one wants to change, has to be analyzed and understood. Otherwise we will yo-yo right back to where we began!
While corset waist training is not rocket science by any means and mainly requires common sense, overall life-long well being and figure control is a complex matter. Maintaining both requires a considered an honest look at the process and at one’s self. However, like common sense, personal insight is often exceedingly rare, to paraphrase Will Rogers.