Dean Linder-Leighton

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The death of Obesity will come through education.

Obesity is the fastest growing epidemic, effecting not just one or two places, but the vast majority, this is a preventable disease, basic knowledge is all that needs to be thought, how ever I would lie to see a certain level of knowledge be made mandatory for all peoples, especially new parents and students. I have worked as a coach and personal trainer and have come to find that, prescribing robotic like plans for diet and training do not work for most people, its fine to show someone how to do something and send them on there way with a plan and boxes to tick off each week, However you will find that people who come back year after year, and actually make changed to there life, and not just there's but friends and family, are people who acquire the knowledge of what they are doing, for once a human knows the reasons why they have to something and the direct consequences of said actions, the person becomes self inspired, this in turn leads to seeking out further knowledge and passing new findings onto colleague and friends, I believe that if we can educate people we will kill obesity.

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    Jan 3 2012: I know exactly what you are saying and I think it is one of the reasons it is being over looked. It's so bad. Thanks mate I'm glad you feel the same way. Dean.
  • Jan 6 2012: Also - just because someone isn't obese or overweight doesn't mean that they're healthy. I'm one of those annoyingly lucky people with a high metabolism that can eat whatever she wants and still have a slim figure. I try to eat healthy, though, and succeed most of the time. Exercising regularly is harder for me to commit to, though. It's time-consuming.

    Let's not just kill obesity; let's kill unhealthy choices in general. Woot woot!
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      Jan 6 2012: I understand where your coming from, but making any type of change is going to require the appropriate guidance/education, I'm proposing healthy living education in general, I'm not categorizing different classes/ stages of education different people will need I'm simply putting forward the idea that, education as a whole will be the only way to truly defeat obesity.

      Yes, I know many people with a fast metabolism, good while your young but you will find that most people like that develop bad eating habits and end up fatter in there mid - late years, so I'm glad to hear you try to eat well.
      However I'm addressing obesity, not other areas of nutrition.
  • Jan 6 2012: The "death of obesity" will require not just changes in diet and exercise routines, but a change in lifestyle.

    People need to truly value eating healthy and exercising often in order to prioritize it and have the willpower to make healthy decisions. Education will help, but not just throwing information at people.

    What I'm trying to say is that you have to make people really care - it all starts in your head and the decisions that you make after committing to something.

    10th grade health class ftw.
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    Jan 3 2012: But I am a thin guy 181cm 62kg what shall I do?
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      Jan 6 2012: You need to follow a ''bulking'' diet tailored to someone with a fast metabolism that is tailored around your daily requirements.
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    Jan 2 2012: See that is where you are wrong, In 90% of all people I talk to have an idea of health and fitness that just is not correct, they are either relying on very old information or things they learn through the media or magazines, it seemed so bizarre to me at first that most people didn't even know the very basics of diet that I failed to adress it.
    Things such as carbohydrates, serving sizes, how many meals per day, and how to read kilojules.
    If you truly belive people know what a healthy diet is you are saying that the now majority of adults would choose to eat badly and kill there selves and kids via obesity just because they can't resist. No I don't believe it, people beleiv advertising to much thinking things such as te healthy menu of macdonalds is healthy, or subway is fine ect.
    • Jan 2 2012: Wow, 90% of people. O.K I'll except the fact I was wrong. I just really cannot believe that such a huge percentage or your clients are sucked into misleading advertisement or don't even know basics of healthy eating. I still believe that more needs to be done than telling/showing people what to do. I believe you truly know what you are doing in efforts to defeat global obesity. I guess it all comes done to the people you are helping.
  • Jan 2 2012: People know how to live healthy in most cases they are tempted not too. Most know that the foods we eat are bad for our body or are artificual but it is the temptation of it all. People would rather eat than exercise it is an obvious fact, people need to enjoy the change and the help their body needs for obesity to be eradicated. People do need to be educated on food is true, but more needs to be done.