Have you seen the Pixar called Wall-E?  If not, you really should.  New York Times columnist Frank Rich said that it was “in touch with what troubles America,” and provides “a gentle, if unmistakable, summons to remake the world before time runs out.”

So why am I talking about a movie that came out in 2008?  Because it makes a good point.  Sure it has a satire that is a bit simple-minded.  But I wouldn’t say its lazy logic. Lets crunch the numbers, according to the Center of Disease Control – childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.  You just can’t argue with that.

Does a fat body stand for an inflated culture?  Well I am not going to go there, but I believe your weight does affect your emotional health, all around activity level and general well-being.  I am so sick of the excuses.  No one is saying people who are overweight are weak minded/willed, lazy, or stupid.  BUT…I don’t believe for a second that our weight is out of our control to the point that if we have the propensity to become obese, there’s only so much that can be done about it.  Now that is the belief of a weak-minded individual.  “Oh well, I guess I am just going to be overweight.”  Seriously, what kind of attitude is that?  If I read one more article or hear someone on TV say one more time, “How fat (yes I said fat) you are has a lot more to do with your genes than with your behavior.”  Really, really…that is just smoke and mirrors to make you feel better. Granted body types come in all different shapes and sizes, I know that I will never be as thin as my sister Mary, but what you with body type is up to you.

Look closely at the Wall-E clip.  The people on the bill boards selling you your clothes are thin, yet everyone in the video is morbidly obese.  We all are to blame here.  This over inflated since of self has got to stop.  Not everyone is going to get a trophy!  Life is hard, sometimes things don’t work out, but that’s when you gotta fight back, be resilient.  America didn’t become great with a hem and haw, woe is me attitude.  You want something in life?  Go get it!

If you really want to lose weight stop the madness.  You’re not going to find weight loss in a magic shake, gimmick diet that is not sustainable, or pill popping (do we really know the long-term effects of all these drugs)…how about you try something real?  What is real?  I have three words…DIET, SLEEP and EXERCISE.

DIET – By the word “diet” I mean lifestyle.  Get smart, check out the Paleo or Zone diet.  What are you really putting in your body?  Once you start getting smart you might be shocked by how much really is processed, nor is it what we were designed to eat.

SLEEP – 7-9 Hours.  Period.

EXERCISE – Constantly varied, high intensity, functional fitness – its call CrossFit and it works.  Don’t believe me?  Fine, but let’s look at the facts.  I am 31 years old, I rarely get sick, I feel great physical/socially and emotionally.  I have a resting heart rate of 42, my V02 Max varies between the upper 50’s and 60 and I have 13% percent body fat.  I do have a social life and I am not a professional athlete.  You can’t argue with that.

2 thoughts on “WALL-E

  1. Melissa

    Good note Mollie!! I just read it to Mary and she said “Mollie’s kinda cocky, but I like it!” We enjoyed your note, people need not be affraid of hurting others feelings… you didn’t even go into the problems obesity and being overweight in general have on the overall health of people as they age… it is sad to see all the people in hospitals that are diabetic and suffer many weight associated illnesses. We all need to be a little more aware!

  2. Miss Katie

    It is always exciting when a teacher learns from her student. I loved this blog article, Mollie. I am so proud of your analysis of the film. I really, really need to work on the sleep and vitamin D stuff, and oh, yes, the exercise part, too. You are inspiring.

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