A long and laborious journey separates the moment a movie is projected onto a screen for viewers to enjoy from the initial spark within the creator’s imagination. Behind every great production, there are hundreds of people working countless hours to materialize the storyline unfolding before our very eyes. The miracle we get to witness is nothing short of an illusion, carefully pieced together over the course of multiple months or even years for the sake of our own entertainment. Similar to the movies we love to watch, your physical appearance is the projection of the highly complex universe pulsating within the boundaries of your own flesh.
With the health of the global population degrading at an alarming rate, medical authorities are suspecting our planet’s swelling waistline to be the prime suspect driving the crisis. According the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, and is associated to a long list of chronic ailments including heart disease, multiple forms of cancers, and diabetes. As a result, the importance of maintaining a healthy body composition through exercise and rigorous dieting has been deeply rooted into the collective wisdom as the leading rhetoric of a successful healthcare story.
At the turn of every year, resolutions filled with the noblest intentions fail to see the light. Gym attendance soars across the board as newly found motivation drives those seeking to reach the healthy Nirvana of “weight-loss” after a year of sedentary and/or nutritional sinning towards the light. Perhaps the lack of any concrete improvement in reversing global health trends are due to the fact that our fat-phobia has conditioned us to chase an illusion rather than a process.
Weight loss, or body composition improvement, is the outcome of the complex dynamic interactions occurring within your own body. Unlike the popular adage, you are not what you eat; you are what you absorb, process, eliminate, and how you recover when you sleep. Even then, our self-perception can be skewed by our psychological state. Some people may look healthy on the outside, but deep down, they are crippled by mental ailments such as depression or anxiety, which ultimately lead to the same undesirable outcome we try to avoid by exercising or eating right.
Is it reasonable for healthcare professionals to continue encouraging superficial endeavours? Mainstream media certainly won’t stop; after all, nothing sells a product or service better than a six-pack. It is up to those looked upon for health guidance to initiate the change. Optimal health is the product, for the most part, of good sleep, digestion, energy production, and probably other unknown variables scientists have yet to identify. When the new-year comes around, monitor the impact of your actions on the aforementioned variables instead of chasing a mirage. You will respect the process, and set yourself for sustainable changes that will create the victorious outcome of your healthcare journey.