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

Friday, April 28, 2006

Is Pizza Spiraling Out Of Control?

The campaigns are on: extra large pizza, a third bigger than the already obscene super jumbo pie; Kong pizza, the size of a fantastic great ape. Where are we going?

We already eat muffins, bagels, and croissants that are four times the size of those standard 30 years ago. We buy family packs to save money but only end up overflowing our plates. Our restaurant meals are super sized and bloated on enormous platters. Our expansive salad bowls have buried their greens under croutons, cheese, fruit, nuts, fried strips, and heavy cream dressings, and nouvelle cuisine has been laughed off the stage with hoots of derision at its paltry offerings.

The nutrition experts may debate about the best foods to eat, the balance we need in our daily intake, and the ratio of proteins to carbs to fats, but the growing paunch of America clearly reveals our real national problem.

It's not what we eat - it's HOW MUCH. If we ate exactly the same food we are scarfing now, but only a third as much, think of the thousands of pounds we would collectively lose!

If we can ignore the commercials and wrap our minds around the true concept of under eating, we'll be slimmer, healthier, and back in control.