Just for a change, let’s stop obsessing about impoverished obese people and their alleged heaving KFC buckets and look at some of the expensive lengths better-off people go to in the pursuit of “slim”.
Personal trainers, gym memberships, exercise classes, slimming clubs, home gym equipment, running gear, yoga gear, gym gear, (whatever the gear!), dieticians, nutritionists, diet food delivery services, electronic wristbands, books, DVDs, downloads, vitamins supplements. The list is endless before you even get to the food, because what says healthy more than a “simple peasant stew” made from an organic seasonal veg box, which is far beyond the reach of an ordinary family’s food budget?
There will always be some tedious blow-hard insisting that all they do to keep fit is run up and down on the spot, wearing their old school plimsolls – these people really should shut up. Most would concede that fitness, or regaining fitness, is an expensive and complicated business. Despite this, your average middle-class professional would probably argue that they need all this help to keep in shape. Fair enough, but then why criticise overweight people who couldn’t dream of affording it?
Given that, over the past 8 months, I’ve lost a number of stone (not been weighing myself but waist is at least three inches smaller, the moobs have gone and I seem to have only one chin for the first time in 30 years) this gives me the opportunity to be a tedious blowhard. It’s been done by eating less and exercising more and that’s it. No, no special diets, just less. Borrowed a bicycle, the local swimming pool is £1.50 a time and that’s really it.
Losing weight is not expensive and it’s not something that only rich people can do. Barbara Ellen is simply wrong here.
Oh, and she thinks that obesity will cost the NHS money so she’s doubly wrong.