Healthy weight range a mind game
“THIS is the ideal male body … and what peak performance looks like!” So claimed the wacky, cheese-loving character Wallace (from a popular Wallace & Gromit meme). Regrettably for the rotund Wallace, cheese is one of those reward-factor foods that apparently overrides the brain circuitry and tries to tell us we’ve had enough to eat.
A take-home message from a What’s New in Food Technology article (“Hyper-palatable’ foods defined”, Mer
cury, November 6) is quite academic – watch your meal portion sizes. Given Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data reports 36 per cent of Australians are overweight (and a further 31 per cent obese), staying within our optimal (Heart Foundation) Body Mass Index range can be an ongoing, herculean effort. Avoiding high-fat dairy (especially my fave cheese), etc, sections at the supermarket helps. Not sitting at a desk all day helps too. So will it be a small pepperoni pizza, for two – or an upsized (large/family) pizza, for one?
If only good eating habits were that simple to implement in practice given today’s “ultra-processed, pre-packaged and fast food” world. It’s a mind game, in the end.
Mick Bendor Danby