Social Psych

Location: Santa Ana, California, United States

Virginia Bola operated a rehabilitation company for 20 years, developing innovative job search techniques for disabled workers, while serving as a Vocational Expert in Administrative, Civil and Workers' Compensation Courts. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics and an admitted diet fanatic. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the effects of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of two interactive workbooks, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual and Diet With An Attitude: A Weight Loss Workbook, she also publishes a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge and various weight loss mini-courses. She can be reached at,, or

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

OK, I'm Fat - So What?

A recent survey revealed that Americans are less interested in weight loss than has been the case in the recent past. We are, it is reported, becoming more accepting of both our and other people's excess pounds.

Look for "Diet Program" information on the Web and the search engines will return over 7 million matches. Check how many surfers look for that information daily and fewer than 200,000 are shown. Doesn't that suggest that there are far more folks out there trying to tell us how to lose than there are those of us who are interested in giving weight loss one more try?

What does that say about the future? Will ever-heavier bodies lead to sluggish minds? Diet and exercise have been proven every bit as effective as medication on depression and similar mood disorders. Yet we prefer to skip the daily effort of healthy eating and physical exertion and pop a pill instead. No wonder health care costs continue to increase.

We have tamed the rivers, harnessed the wind, and hurled man into space only to witness our great civilization smother itself in self-generated blubber.

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