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Invincible.

Bizarre as it may seem, I don’t have much to say!

The past week wasn’t too bad. Work has started to pick up, so there’s no more boredom eating, thank goodness. The flip side, however, is that exercise time has been cut shorter than I need. So, the balance equation has to shift again. This time, though, it’s more about finding ‘holes’ in the schedule to do what I need than about berating myself over what I’ve done wrong.

Quite a shift in perspective, isn’t it? Turning away from emotion and looking at this as a problem-solving exercise. I’m good at those.

The Alzheimer’s mom started new meds this week, and otherwise, she’s had a decent week. Last weekend, we put some plants into flowerboxes. I’d hoped that it would be a task she could do without help, but it wasn’t. Seeing this avid gardener unable to figure out how to get the little plant out of its plastic container, and into a pot of dirt was heartbreaking. So, after her manicure, we went to lunch at the local diner, where the waitresses always insist on bringing her the largest dessert they can find.

The news had several items on obesity programs for children. It’s becoming a major business. And that has its good points and its bad ones. A number of programs are hospital based, and, as with just about everything to do with weight control, insurance programs won’t cover the costs. Once again, we have an identified health problem, one with long-term consequences, and there’s a real opportunity to make lasting changes, and there’s no financial help for it.

Maybe the tuition reimbursement model might work for something like this. Many companies will repay some percentage of tuition costs for classes, contingent upon a decent grade. Insurance companies could, at least theoretically, reimburse some percentage of the cost if the person met a certain weight loss goal at the end of the program, and then reimbursed a greater percentage if the loss was maintained for, let’s say, 6 months.

It would take a major policy change, but considering the costs of these programs, people could use some help. And a little extra motivation wouldn’t hurt.

Another interesting item was the fact that one of the country’s major ‘fat camps for teens’ providers has started another program. This one is open to children between the ages of 5 and 10. Five year olds at fat camp! At least one parent is required to attend along with the child. The goal is to manage this as a family issue, and that makes sense to me. After all, how many 5 year olds are responsible for buying and preparing food?

Let’s consider this to be a good week. Nothing major went wrong, and there were some opportunities to breathe, and to tweak. Works for me!

5 thoughts on “The week in review

  1. stretchy says:

    Jane,

    re: Obese children. My daughter’s best friend had a baby a few years ago. She decided to be a single mom, and really overfed the child. Doctors began warning her about his weight problem very early on. He is the heaviest 4 year old I have ever seen, and he screams and rants if he does not get the foods he wants when he wants them. He lounges around and wants to be carried everywhere.

    The mom thinks he is fine, and that he will lose this “baby fat” as he grows older. She is in deep denial, as one glance at this child, and well, you’d be appalled.

    Loving a child. To some parents this means just giving them “treats” and no challenges at all. I think this mom is messing up more than her son’s body, she is messing with his mind, his perceptions.

    And you can’t say anything to a parent in this dense fog.
    Doctors are slow to do anything more than give her verbal warnings. Everyone wants to avoid conflict.

    Has anyone seen “Honey we’re Killing the Kids? on TLC?

    The program shows that bad habits can be replaced with healthy habits fairly quickly. I know one of the nutritionists on the program ( behind the scenes person) and apparently these kids really have thrived and are happy with new healthy lifestyles!

  2. Greta says:

    That’s an important point, Stretchy. Children can adjust to a new diet and so can adults. I used to have a terrible diet. Now I eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, greens. I NEVER thought I would eat veggies daily. The transition can be made.

  3. stretchy says:

    I was just reading in the Sunday Times… American dogs lack exercise and challenges! (what is next…”Honey We’re killing the Pets” ?)

  4. Steph says:

    To me, “Honey We’re Killing the Kids” is unrealistic. I don’t think it’s wise to leave all the treats in the hall in a big pile of temptation. And why do the healthy foods have to be so extreme? Instead of going from pizza to a tofu stir fry, why can’t they teach them how to make homemade, whole wheat pizza? It just seems sensationalist to me, and not something that families could easily implement at home after watching. Plus, The computer transformations predicting the future looks of kids obviously portray the message that fat people are dirty and grungy. I was really disappointed with the show.

  5. carol says:

    Jane, that you managing to keep an even keel with the Alzheimer’s mom is an inspiration.

    Sending good thoughts your way.

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