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Obesity, Health and Watching TV

 
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I believe this process will help you to take back control of your own life. Once you see how much marketing can influence your thoughts and actions you may choose to do something different.
Start making a list of things you can do that stimulate your brain, offer you exercise, make you notice the amazing world around us, and provide you with a social setting where you can have great conversation rather than all just staring at the tube together. Once you have your list, start implementing some of those things into your evenings and weekends rather than watching television. I think what you will find will be a richer, more rewarding life that provides you with healthy alternatives to the dreaded marketing gurus on TV!

Julie Webster has been personally involved in health for most of her life. At the age of 16 she joined her first health club, started to become interested in alternative health and began implementing healthy changes in her life. Professionally, at the age of 18, she purchased and ran a Jack LaLanne Nutrition Center. From here she went on to operate 14 retail vitamin stores; learning and teaching about the properties of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. She then became a Certified Massage Therapist and has been practicing for the last 19 years. With her passion for health, she wanted to find additional ways to educate the public on health, nutrition and fitness and so became a Certified Health Counselor. Julie offers education through her website and blog. She is also available for seminars, workshops and speaking engagements.

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Julie,

I love this post. Not just for the reasons you wrote about, though I'm sure some of the messages about fast food get through to me. But because I know I have television on too much.

You know how we talk about comfort food? Well, I think many of us use television as "comfort tv." It is company when one works at home, as I do. It is a window from the outside world coming into the house, talking to me, sometimes entertaining me, sometimes informing me. (And, of course, advertising to me.)

I generally have the television on somewhere in the house whenever I'm home, whether I'm working, cleaning, or watching it for recreation. But I have ADD, and I know that it also can distract me from whatever it is that I'm really intending to do at the time. I also know that it can easily keep our creativity at bay -- without it on, I might think about filling the hummingbird feeders, reading the newspaper, or working in the garden. With it on, I'm more likely to be passive.

Thanks for the nudge. I might keep your diary, but for different reasons!

October 19, 2009 - 8:27am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Thanks for the thoughts Diane! I forget about the 'comfort' of the outside world and TV. I'd love to hear back on your diary and what things you found it helpful for! To your health, Julie

October 20, 2009 - 3:24pm
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Hi Julie - If you'll pardon the pun, you've given us a lot of food for thought here. :-)
In addition to being bombarded with TV ads for "bad" food, what struck me as I read your article is how little information we get on "good" foods. If there was a focused effort on public education about good nutrition - via news stories, commercials, public service announcements, etc. - it could make a real difference. Thanks for bringing up this vital topic. Take good care, Pat

October 15, 2009 - 5:59pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Hi Pat- I so agree. One of the things I am really working on with both my website and blog is just that - education! I believe it gives us our power! Thanks. :-)

October 16, 2009 - 9:34am
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