I am normally not out and about buying groceries on a Saturday morning (I'm usually in a nice long run somewhere, sigh..) but being out of fresh veggies and fruit, I decided to go to the Coshocton Walmart and re-stock.
I needed some Rold Gold Fat-Free Pretzels, so I ventured down the "Chips" aisle.
Oh.my.god. It looked like the town had stocked up for the Apocalypse; no? nah, just Friday night in mid-Ohio. Shelves were decimated! Entire skus of chips were missing. I would have thought today was Superbowl Sunday or something. I could not believe it.
Or, more sadly, I could believe it when I stopped in the next town, our little exempted village of Newcomerstown, to watch some of the "Strong Man" competition that is part of Cy Young Days, our local little festival. Cy Young, if you don't know it, was a famous pitcher who won more games than anyone and pitched like every day or every other day, unlike the pampered pitchers of today. Newcomerstown claims him as their own, but actually, his farm was about 2 miles from where I live, closer to Peoli, Ohio. Peoli used to have their own post office, but after Cy Young died, they closed it-he got that much fan mail!
I guess it was probably a reaction to being around ultrafit people last weekend (wow, it's already been a whole week since the race) but the glaring obesity in my town really stood out. As I watched everyone get a hot dog, or nachos with cheese, or a creamed chicken sandwich. And no one cares. I guess that is the next scary part. They don't care about how they look or what being obese does to their health.
Health care will become interesting in the next twenty years caring for these folks.
Since I am on an obesity roll (get it) I also noticed that Alli is now on sale, saw a HUGE skid of it at Walmart, $ 59.00 a bottle. Alli is a fat blocker. Alli also has some nice side effects-uncontrollable bowel movements, frequent bowel movements, oily stools-stuff like that. Is it worth pooping your pants in public to lose weight? (Pooping your pants on the trail is a far different situation lol..)
As a health care professional, I would not recommend this drug. Portion control and excercise, that old unglamourous option, still works!