Muffin-Top Strikes Again!

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Jacquelyn Johnston, M.Ed. Diabesity Coach

I had parked my car outside a store this morning, next to a car whose left side mirror was about an inch from my right one. Any closer and the two mirrors would have danced the tango.

Just before I entered the store I heard a man say “Oh heck”. Turning around, I saw his mid-section practically touching the two mirrors. He tried to short-cut it sideways to the store, but couldn’t wedge himself between the mirrors, nor would his muffin-top allow him to bend low enough to duck under them. Alas! He had to walk around my car to get into the store. (Too much of an exertion!)

Weight had its advantages for some of the kings of antiquity who had themselves weighed on scales balanced by gold bars, but can you see any advantages today of carrying it around?

He was probably at risk for weight-related problems like diabetes, if he didn’t already have it. I wondered about the many other ways his weight was inconveniencing him on a day-to-day basis. Did he have any idea what was going on inside his body, as he carried all that mid-section fat around with him? Did he know he was at (high) risk for diabesity?

And what if the swine ‘flu started spreading? Could his body deal with the bug in addition to trying so hard to handle the toxins wrapped up in each of his tummy cells?

Wonder if he knew anything about the way his weight compromised his immune system. Or whether he knew he could lose the muffin-top quite easily, if he had the right information?

It was quite an effort for him to double back and walk around: think about it—it was tough to walk around the perimeter of one car! Oh dear!

Hmmm…next steps for him? And the one in three Canadians like him?

Cheers, and keep washing those hands. It’ll help keep the bugs at bay, wherever you are.


Jacquelyn Johnston M.Ed.
Professional Health Coach and Educator,
Solutions and Support for Optimal Health
Richmond, B.C. Canada