Forget the useless pabulum about "following your dreams" and "realizing your potential" -- I will leave that for others. I will repeat the same advice I gave a few years ago, but still is valid: Get in shape already! A quick trip to the mall will confirm what the Center for Disease Control has stated: America is fat. (Let's use straight talk and skip the politically correct "heavy"!)
Since 1960, the average adult weight has jumped by 25 pounds; that's right, 25 pounds. This has resulted in a diabetes epidemic and the root cause of an airliner accident that killed 21 people. (The airplane was overweight because the standard passenger weight used in their calculations was too low).
Before I recommended that everyone buy a scale if they didn't have one. I now know that is unrealistic: Fat people don't want to know they are fat. A simpler measure of obesity that anyone can understand is waist size, specifically the ratio of height to waist size.
Obesity begins when this ratio is less than two to one. In other words, if you are an average male at 5'9" you are in the fat territory if your waist is larger than 34". For the average 5'4" female this is a waist size of 32". We all buy pants, so we know what our waist size is, and all of us know our height -- it's on your driver's license.
Losing weight means cutting calories. Period. You can perform an hour's worth of calisthenics and burn 246 calories; that's one regular soda. Don't tell me you've tried dieting and it doesn't work: Not a single inmate at Auschwitz didn't lose weight. What didn't work was your commitment to the result. I know. I lost 50 pounds. Not overnight; it took several years.
This is tough talk because that is exactly what you need, not a "sugar coated" platitude. Particularly disturbing to me are fat parents who are raising fat kids.
-- TOM SEIM, Richland