We often hear about the health consequences of being overweight, but less attention is given to the way weight loss can affect mental and emotional well-being. Let’s give freelance writer Ben Arnold the floor today for this blog post on the personal ramifications of losing weight. You may find some of the information in this guest post shocking!
As we head into 2017, I think it’s important to discuss New Year’s resolutions, as many people make them. They are typically areas where people think they can make improvements in their lives. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. Rather than focusing on this goal, though, let’s be thankful for, well, being able to have ample food to eat. Here’s what I mean.
Popularity of the Resolution to Lose Weight
The end of the year is not just a time for going to parties and enjoying time with family and friends. It is also when many folks reflect on what they have done during the year and what to modify in the New Year.
According to the data collected by the University of Scranton and Journal of Clinical Psychology, which was shared on Statistic Brain, the top resolution for 2016 was to shed excess pounds. I am almost certain that the same resolution will be near the top of the list of changes to make for 2017 for a lot of people.
Rather than resolve to do so, though, I encourage you to look instead at this popular New Year’s 2017 resolution in a new way.
Turning the Weight Loss Resolution on its Head
Instead of focusing on taking off weight, why not instead be thankful for to have enough food to eat each day? Think of the people who are starving, not just in third-world countries but also in the same city or town where you live right now.