SLOWBESITY, NOT OBESITY
Disruptive thought. Maybe we don’t have an obesity problem. We may simply have a problem of people moving mechanically poor and too slow. A slow, limping animal usually gets eaten or limps into a pattern of limited mobility with reduced movement. As a coach, take a look at how many people can’t even walk or stack themselves properly. They often walk slow or move painfully too, huh? Have you ever been in an airport or walking in a mall and seen folks just walking like they've been shot in the knees or walk like they're going backwards? Are these people generally fit or not? Easy answer.
Muscles move you. They also stabilize and align your bones. If there is deviation to proper position in the human body, mechanical problems and compensation will occur. This leads to joint problems, pain and a lack of essential human function. So how are these folks gonna run fast or squat heavy? It's easier for them to sit on the couch, gain weight and work on pain management (i.e. move less which slows down metabolism and hormone strength or take medication). Result: the disease of obesity.
Get people to move faster (efficiently) and that will help their metabolism. They’ll use more calories. They’ll also feel better. Heck, they’ll be more useful. The fitness industry has a big responsibility in this. We often sell smoke-and-mirror equipment lines and fad diets while leaning too much on technology to track, communicate and give feedback. What about focusing on how to move efficiently, lift heavy load and be fast? Intensity and efficiency will beat obesity. There, I said it. Coaches can solve this world-wide problem by sticking to Fitness Truth and doing what is right for our population. Trends and weak coaches fade. Just like fit people, strong coaches survive. If obese people just succumb to medication, inactivity and moving slow they’ll be like those poor, wounded animals in the wild – gobbled up by the stronger ones.