Solving the Over Weight Epidemic – Education or Motivation?

Kentucky ranks in the top ten in just about every disease there is. Most states are more over weight than not. With more information out there than ever to read and learn, why is it that America is getting fatter? I’ve often wondered why Kentucky ranks so high on the list even with such world re noun medical facilities right in its back door in Louisville?

Why is it with so many educators in one location and the population is still one of the fattest in the union?

All I hear about is the solution is found in “Education,” just educate the public and the weight problem will be solved. How’s that working for everyone, I ask? Where’s the disconnect then? The solution lies between the educated and the un-motivated?

I understand this is not a politically correct statement, God forbid we say to the medical elites that education is not the bridge to curing the weight problem in America. However, the truth of the matter is, someone is missing the boat, and big time. Medicine has its place, but it’s not in the motivational speaker field.

I have been a personal trainer for twenty-seven years all around the world and thousands have come through my door. It is of my humble opinion that ninety percent of those who have weight problem accompanied by obesity, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, poor eating habits, and any other disease don’t have an educational problem, they have a motivational issue. And in most of those cases it comes down to three hang ups, pride, denial and laziness; each one or a combination of all hinders the pure motives of the soul.

Losing weight is not rocket science people, no matter what the late night gimmicks try to sell you. You don’t have to be a doctor or go to one to understand the process of weight loss. Most people think a weight loss program has to be somewhat complicated for it to be successful, but it doesn’t. All that type of thinking does is gives those who don’t do the necessary steps the ability to make up an excuse that they are confused with all the information available.

Losing weight and being in better shape takes work, perseverance and yes motivation from within. Let me shoot it to you straight, let’s add a small bit of common sense into the equation;

Education is not the problem it’s motivating yourself enough to get off your A^%.

Motivating yourself comes down to priorities. You want to go out to eat instead of stay home, you go out. You want a new car you go out and buy one. You want to go to the ball park in lieu of watching it on TV you find the money to do so. When you really want something you find a way to get it done, correct? So education is not the big issue, it’s your willingness to understand the severity of your dire health circumstances! It’s the awareness that pride, denial and laziness is killing you inside out. It’s the guts to deal with it in the present on your terms rather than in the future on life’s time line.

Either way, you will have to deal with your weight issue and at that time all the education in the world won’t have the capabilities to make your disease disappear. More solutions are found in my book, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES!

Greg Ryan is an accomplished author, personal trainer, life coach and owner of Resolutions Preventative Health Care through Fitness for Seniors and Diabetics in St. Matthews.