Healthy weight range a mind game

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

“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

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