Friday, November 19, 2010

Food for Thought

So a few nights ago I had a dream that I stepped on the scale and gained 15 lbs. The number on the scale was neon green, glowing, underlined three times and had stars next to it. Dream analysis.....go.

I think it means I'm crazy. I am officially obsessing over the number for no reason. Yes, I had 2 days of falling off the wagon this week, but I've shifted my focus to long term instead of the short term which I think is a healthier state of mind overall.

Heart health as always been a focus of mine. My family has a long list of heart problems and a myocardial infarction (massive heart attack) was the cause of my fathers sudden death. Sadly, this morning my mom's best friend also passed away. The cause most likely a heart attack.

This just reinforces for me the fact that so many health problems are linked to weight. None of the above mentioned people were overweight, but regardless weight is a major factor in health and well-being.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada every 7 minutes someone across our great nation dies of a heart attack.

That is a terrifying number of people. Although cardiovascular disease has declined significantly in the past few decades (70% between 1956 and 2002), we are not nearly where we should be.

I think the nation needs a new focus. Perhaps the shift from vanity to health is what we need when it comes to exercise.

They say that due to obesity and related health issues we'll be among the first generations to not outlive our parents. I say we prove them wrong.

1 comment:

  1. cardiovascular exercise can be more important in determining your heart health than the number on the scale. it doesn't matter what you weigh if your heart is always racing from climbing a few stairs.