Of course you should love yourself, that shouldn’t even need to be said. However, sometimes your self love can result in self destruction. And to make matters worse, there are so-called nutritionists on some social media sites who proclaim that self love equates a total acceptance of your own obesity. These nutritionists are obvious failures in my opinion, and are only trying to drag others down with them. Whenever you encounter anyone who encourages you to forego your weight loss efforts in order to enjoy a moment, walk away – they are swirling the drain and want you to come along for company. Misery loves company my friends.
I am pretty unapologetic in my stance on this self love movement by the obese who not only want to remain obese – but also want to encourage others to be obese too. If you are one who promotes self love, then promote loving yourself enough to do what is best for your health instead of ruining it. Whether you want to accept it or not, someone else will eventually have to pick up the broken pieces of your self destructive lifestyle. I know, I have been there picking up those pieces – and it’s not a walk through the park.
If we are being honest, self love becomes self destruction when you are only living in the moment, instead of living for the future. Eating sugar filled treats, and or other high calorie, low nutrition foods all the time is just as dumb and self destructive as the use of tobacco, alcohol, and street drugs. Those cookies, cakes, pizza, and hot dogs, to name a few, are designed to be highly palatable for your momentary joy just the same as tobacco, alcohol and street drugs.
Making low nutrition habits your lifestyle is just as destructive and actually more dangerous to your health. At least you know that tobacco, alcohol, and street drugs are bad for you – many people never consider the food they eat to also be bad for them. Considering in America, 68 percent of our citizens are overweight, or obese, it should be obvious to all that poor nutrition is slowly killing us.
That unhealthy diet you are living on can lead to health issues such as malnutrition, poor digestion, inflammation, unwanted weight gain and obesity. It can also increase your risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and impact your mental health. All because you are living in the moment.
Americans have become too lazy to cook for themselves, one in three citizens eat fast food every day. Yes these foods taste great, but they are also rich in carbohydrates and high-fat content. The frequent consumption of fast food products like fries, fried chicken and pizza can definitely contribute to an unhealthy diet -especially when coupled with sugar dense treats and drinks. According to the Centers for Disease Control, having overweight or obesity can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, stroke and many other conditions. Obvious physical changes don’t occur to everyone. However, just because the effects of unhealthy eating aren’t obvious doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.
It’s not uncommon for one to consume an unhealthy diet for a long time and suddenly experience its effects. The first sign of type 2 diabetes often comes to light when an individual suffers a heart attack.
The lasting impact of your eating habits are more important than you may realize. Everything you consume has the potential to change your gut microbiome. We all have trillions of microorganisms residing in our digestive system. The microbes are influenced by the foods you eat every day. An unhealthy diet can cause an imbalance in these microbial communities that can allow too many of a bad type to live in your gastrointestinal tract. When you eat poorly, it impacts digestion, metabolism and causes diseases like inflammatory bowel disease. Because your gut is directly linked to your brain through a cranial nerve, your diet can even impact your mental health.
How Your Lifestyle Effects Others
You may or may not be thinking right now that how you eat is no business of anyone else. Right now, you may still be somewhat healthy as your habits have not totally caught up with you yet. But here is the problem, your habits can eventually catch up to you, and someone will have to be there to help you pick up the broken pieces of your life.
Do you know what happens when you get too heavy and weak to pick yourself up off the floor should you fall? You have to call either a loved one to come help you, or the fire department. Either way, it is a humiliation.
Is it still not the business of anyone else when you have become too heavy and ill to toilet yourself? What happens to your self esteem when you can’t even take care of your personal hygiene anymore and someone has to wipe your butt for you? How would you like to be the one cleaning the butt of an obese individual?
Are momentary joys found with food worth the risk that eventually someone else might have to assist you with bathing and dressing because you are unable to do it by yourself?
Self Love Advocates are Often Cretins in Disguise!
Self love is great when it means that you are taking proper care of your body. Otherwise, it is just a lame excuse for living in the moment. Have you ever watched someone eat a sweet treat and then instantly check their blood sugar? Did you think it was odd they did this, and then had to stick a insulin filled syringe into their gut?
Wouldn’t it be better to manage diabetes through good nutrition?
Have you ever considered how terrifying it would be to find out that you are a heart attack, or a stroke waiting to happen because of your high cholesterol and triglyceride levels?
Of course we want you to love and respect yourself. What we do not want is for you to buy into the self love thing only to have it lead to your self destruction.
Are you aware that the number of adults with diagnosed diabetes has nearly doubled in the last 2 decades as the US population has increased, aged, and become more overweight. People who are overweight or obese is at increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared to those at a normal weight because, over time, their bodies become less able to use the insulin they make. Of US adults, 88 million—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes, and more than 8 in 10 of them don’t know they have it.
Are you aware that being overweight and obese are associated with at least 13 types of cancer, including endometrial (uterine) cancer, breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and colorectal cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed.
Six in ten young people aged 2 to 19 years and five in ten adults consume a sugary drink on a given day. Processed foods and sugary drinks add unneeded sodium, saturated fats, and sugar to many diets, increasing the risk of chronic diseases.
It should be obvious to all that good nutrition is essential for keeping us all healthy across our lifespans.
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