Dear Editor – In the wake of publication of the recent Welsh Health Survey, I was encouraged to read that the government is promoting a ‘Smart Restart’ campaign encouraging healthier lifestyles, including more physical activity and healthy eating incentives to avoid obesity.
I wonder whether the prevalent social view of fat as undesirable has contributed to a rise in obesity. Unattainable beauty goals presented by the media leave those who are built to be curvy with little to aim for.
As unique individuals we all have different constitutions – the inherited genetic make up that determines brown hair or blond hair, a muscular, heavy or slim build and even influences emotional temperament. Many of these attributes can be greatly influenced by lifestyle choices. Any constitution that swings to one extreme creates imbalance and disease; in those that are driven by competition or are quick to anger, high blood pressure and inflammations may occur, for those who carry excess weight, heart disease, diabetes and joint problems can result.
By attending to the essential components of health – physical, mental and emotional, all constitutions can also be balanced, a result of which is natural weight loss. Many of the patients who consult the Herbal Clinic for a weight loss program find that watching the scales go down becomes less of a fixation and more of a side effect of getting life, health and vitality in balance.
We can approach body weight attuning with a healthy attitude, keeping it firmly in perspective. Choose to walk up that mountain because it brings fresh blood and oxygen to all the cells in the body, gets you out in the beauty of nature and makes you feel alive. Don’t do it because you have to lose weight.
Approached in this way people can be sure they are losing weight for the right reasons – their own personal health and happiness rather than social expectations of their shape.
Sent to ‘South Wales Evening Post’ and the ‘Western Mail’
The Herbal Clinic in Swansea provides natural healthcare with the use of organic herbs, acupuncture and iridology.