Positive action The world is constituted of many people who dream about great things. Theirminds are a wellspring of ideas. They always envisage a rosy picture. The questionthat now arises is: “Are they doing anything to fulfill their dreams?” The answer isan unadulterated “No.” Do not get me wrong. I am not underrating the significanceof positive thinking, but do remember that it is only the first step. To put yourgreat, grand ideas into practice, you need to perform actions. In other words,positive thinking in and of itself cannot bring howling success. It needs the firmbacking of positive action. Thus, both (positive thinking and positive action)complement each other. Once, as I snuggled into an armchair to read a newspaper, I found thisslogan (applicable to “positive action”): “You wouldn’t claim to become adecathlete by watching the Olympics on television.” In the same way, readingbodybuilding books does not get the job done. Reading can take us on manyamazing journeys of the mind, but it will not pump up the pecs. Reed was suffering from obesity. (An increased waist circumference and body mass index—BMI—are associated with the risk of both knee and hip replacements.) He wanted to slim down. He wrote the following things on his to-do list: (1) Buy a cookbook of healthy recipes. (2) Switch from a sedentary to an active lifestyle (join a jazzercise class). (3) Replace junk foods, red meat, and processed meat, such as ham and bacon, with fruits and vegetables (for instance, asparagus spears are a good nutritional choice). (4) Avoid saturated fats. (5) Work out on the elliptical trainer. (6) Invest in a top-of-the-line home treadmill, a stationary bike, and a Stairmaster. Reed took positive actions to bring about positive changes in his life. Today he has a toned body (as evident from his occasional half-monty) and
unbelievably looks like a hunk. Reed is a shining example of “positive action.” Health spas, weight-loss centers (slimming centers), and gyms are the recommended places to fight the battle of your bulge. As an alternative, you can hire a personal trainer and also seek help of a nutritionist. For your information, there are popular diets, like the Atkins diet that emphasizes low carbohydrates, Dean Ornish diet that is low-fat, or the Mediterranean diet with less animal protein. I call on individuals to take responsibility for themselves and their children, while I stress the need for action from governments, multinational corporations, civil society, industry, workplaces, schools, the media, and health professionals. Note on BMI (Body mass index): Generally, a BMI below 18.5 means that you are underweight. A BMI of 25 to 29 means that you are overweight. And a BMI of 30 or more means that you are very overweight (obese). So people are usually told that a BMI of 18.5 to 25 is healthy. “Fat controller” that fights obesity found in the gut A team of American scientists has discovered a “fat controller” in the gutthat may help fight obesity. According to researchers, by disabling the enzyme that helps the body toabsorb fat, it is possible to prevent weight gain. The discovery could pave the wayfor a new drug treatment to protect against obesity and could also help to stop thedevelopment of high cholesterol and even a fatty liver. Researchers at theUniversity of California in San Francisco found that the intestinal enzyme MGAT2plays a crucial role in the energy storage process and the consequent build-up offat .