Judi Flowers had a client shop in Brooklyn whose name was her favorite: “We’re fat, and that’s that”
It’s probably still there, and like so many other merchandisers, they are saying let’s just accept the prevalent obesity.
I was speaking to a leading physician who is for universal healthcare but thinks there should be a caveat: instead of automatically treating all patients at full cost who have problems that are preventable such as obesity, diabetes, all should be required to go through a physical exam first and be told how to improve their lifestyle (eating, exercise, etc) so that they will only be able to get full treatment if they are making the life changes necessary.
So many of Medicare and other treatments are for people who should take better care of themselves, and society ends up paying for them.
Have you gone to a mall lately, or a seaside resort, or any place where so many people are so obese and unhealthful and society accepts them. All US states have an obesity rate of at least 20%, and the solid south, from Texas over, is at 30%.
When I was little and used to go to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, they had a sideshow with a fat lady or fat man who weighed about 300 pounds. Not unusual today.
And here we are back to my favorite game: Roller Derby can be played by virtually all ages, and the exercise, along with a modification in lifestyle, has helped so many people change their lives positively, including weight loss, greater vitality, and a general overall satisfaction with their life.
So here is my latest idea, and maybe some of the leagues have tried this already: If they can sell boxing-like exercises, Zumba, etc, why not have classes for people who want to skate Roller Derby for fun exercise and life modification……You charge for the sessions, create boot camps, continuing exercises, diets, etc and it might be a significant fund raiser. You never go into blocking or the intricacies of strategy, as they are not there for that.
Why doesn’t someone try it out and let me know? You’ll be saving additional lives.
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