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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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January 29, 2007

What Would You Give Up to Be Thin?

By Mark Sisson

I’m pretty shocked by what people are willing to trade to be thin. Limbs? Eyesight? Marriage? Lifespan? Children?

I’m shocked, because avoiding obesity really doesn’t have to be so dramatic.

Yes, the statistics are dramatic – two-thirds of Americans are lugging around way too much weight.

The effects are dramatic – heart disease, diabetes, cancer, reduced quality of living.

The purported cures are dramatic, too – billions on drugs, herbs, gimmicks, and gadgets.

Yet avoiding obesity is not a dramatic undertaking at all. It’s very easy – truly. And that’s a relief, isn’t it? You simply decide not to harm yourself.

Avoiding exercise is harming yourself.

Eating fast food, junk food and huge portions? Harming yourself.

Smoking, drinking, getting into stressful situations? Harming yourself.

Eating sugar is harming yourself.

Not enjoying and using your body is harming yourself.

So don’t harm yourself.

This Is Not Food

Because harming yourself is really just death – warmed up.

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