You can’t possibly get fat in England


It seems I’ve done more walking in the past two months in England than I did all of last year in the US. At this rate, there is no way I could possibly get fat. Not that I want to. But I find it amazing that they are complaining about the rise in obesity in England. How could anyone get fat?

There may be different reasons for obesity. But if one does not have a medical condition that predisposes one to it, there should be no excuses for being fat. With the lack of good parking spaces and the abundance of public transport, walking is a way of life over here. My mother-in-law walks everywhere, and if she needs to go further, she will ride her bike.

I will admit that for the first time in my adult life, I actually have time to walk for “pleasure”. That is, I am not doing it as part of a routine for school or work or other necessary part of daily living. I have taken a few pleasure walks in the past, but they were few and far between. Sometimes, they were part of an “exercise” routine to stay fit. But now, we are finding places to explore. It is an easy, inexpensive form of exercise and it allows you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. I need to take advantage of the opportunities while they last.

Of course, walking can be a chore at times. Like, when I was climbing the uphill streets of Brighton today on our way to and fro the JobCentre Plus. It was quite steep and I was moving at a snail’s pace, huffing and puffing. These hilly walks are exhausting but I can feel my muscles getting tighter in the legs. It’s the best cure for cellulite. Walking can also be a pain when your kids get tired after a few steps and start crying, “I want a carry.”

Going back to the old country and getting back to basics. At least it’s a healthier lifestyle. Barring any medical problems, I should never get fat.

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2 Comments on “You can’t possibly get fat in England

  • I think that obesity has risen in the past 10 years or so because people in the UK use their cars much more than they used to – the increase in out-of-town shopping centres, etc, has contributed to this – and also many people take their children to school by car rather than walk.

    I prefer walking wherever I am – I don’t have a car at the moment, so it’s good exercise (and it means that you don’t have to do any more exercise!)

    Roz’s last blog post.Traveling by Ferry in Sydney

  • Not to mention the glaring lack of…corn syrup and most other crap we tolerate or are forced to tolerate in our food back in US. When we flew back to vegas to get married poor husband was so sick from the food. He just kept saying stodgy, stodgy! over and over and over.
    Then he could not get over the lack of pedestrian friendly places to walk.

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