“Eat this, don’t eat that,”
You know, “You are what you eat.”
“Cut the salt, trim the fat,”
We hear the food police.
“Will you ever use self-control?”
Pipes the young skinny one.
“Give me a break, my metabolism has slowed,”
Sings the same soul thirty years on.
A different expert every few years,
opinions seem to ever change;
Exercise, diets, rising health fears,
The battle remains the same.
“It’s more about how much.”
–“No, it’s more about the what.”
“It’s exercise, you lazy butt,
If you’d only do some squats.”
On and on the merry-go-round
keeps turning through the ages;
There was a time folks wanted more pounds,
But now, “Thin is in,” according to the sages.
-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013
~ During the first two decades of my life I was underweight. I was taken to physicians, subjected to embarrassing tests, made to feel inferior, taunted and ridiculed. Some things said to me, supposedly as a joke, were too vulgar to repeat verbally or in print. As middle age and the ‘wonder’ years creep on I fight the same kind of ‘imbecility’ because now I am ‘too’ heavy. I’ve decided that I’ll let ‘a problem with my weight’ be someone else’s problem. Me? I’ve learned how to “DO COOL” either way!