I thought I understood the relationship between eating and weight gain, butt now I’m not so sure.
Across our country, we continually talk about dieting, compare notes on counting calories and even strongly consider exercising. Despite these herculean efforts, our society is still bigger than ever, prompting yet another round of hand-wringing discussions. A blunt headline this week summed it up well, “Canadians are fatter than they’ll admit: study.”
Wildlife, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have the slightest worry about weight gain. They are generally too busy pushing back large quantities of calories to give it a second thot. I’ve observed many creatures eat like they may never see food again yet I’ve never seen an elk with a beer belly or a hawk with a double chin.
Show me a plus-size deer and I’ll show a fawn or two in short order. Now it’s true a bear might get a little chubby or a goose’s feathers might stick out a bit – nothing that a good hibernation or a long flight won’t fix. Before you know it, these same creatures are back spending entire days eating again. Can you imagine if people did that?
It’s all so confusing!
However, after much consideration, I have come to the conclusion we need to learn a simple lesson from wildlife – don’t worry and keep eating.
I think I need to go now. That second dessert is sitting rather heavy so it might be a good time to practice hibernating …