I recently did something I very rarely do, watched TV news. It was Channel 4 News which is covers slightly different topics in more depth than BBC or the dreaded Sky but even so it feels as though they are reporting on another world than the one I live in. A whole other planet!

They were discussing the levels of obesity in the U.K. and the dis-eases which stem from it. Yes, you’ve guessed it, they were discussing the “War on obesity”. I don’t remember the names of the panel members but there was a woman who’d had Bariatric surgery, a Bariatric Consultant and a woman who wanted to blame the food industry for the scourge of obesity.

The main discussion focused on whether the N.H.S. (the publicly funded health system in the U.K.) could afford to do more Bariatric surgery. It would cost more in the short term but make savings in the long term as there would be fewer cases diabetes and cancer.

Give him his due, the consultant seemed like a genuinely caring person. He refused to be drawn in to the blame game the anti-food industry woman kept trying to draw him on and simply said “I see people suffering and need to help them”. Very admirable and honourable, especially as the anti-food industry woman kept asking him if that was not letting the food industry off the hook. A wise man, he wasn’t interested in attributing blame but still believed we have to wage war for things to change.

It never ceases to astonish me that mainstream, conventional thinkers never stop to think that the answer might just lie inside. Blaming anything outside ourselves is an exercise in futility! They continue to focus on what they do not want and continue to get more of it, an eternal cycle.

As I was waking with Finn in the woods today I thought back to my days of studying dog behaviour and training. I remember learning, dogs do what works! Whether its the behaviour we want or not, if it works for the dog, he’ll repeat it. How different is that from human beings? We do something which does not work and repeat it over and over again somehow expecting the outcome to change!

Mother Theresa famously refused to attend an anti-war rally but said she’d happily attend a pro-peace one. What a wise woman!

No part of our body is our enemy! Waging war on our bodies is never going to create health and well-being, it can’t. War only ever begets more war.

Like everything our bodies do, fat cells are there for a reason. They are usually created as protection from a perceived threat. Healing your fears, telling your fat cells that you are safe and thanking them for everything they have done for you is a far more healthy and loving way to lose weight than waging war on them. Why would you wage war on part of yourself that was trying to help you?

You can use the physical force of surgery or strict diet and rigorous exercise to change the appearance of your body. But unless you do the inner work, the inner conflict and perceived need for protection will eventually re-emerge.

With Love,



  • July 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I agree, Barbara — on the rare occasions I see TV news, it’s a different world from the one I live in.

    That consultant does indeed sound like a wise man, refusing to get into the “blame game.” Many people are still not ready to accept the fact we create our own realities by the choices we make (or do not make).

    Thanks very much for your wise words–and a great post!


    • July 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you, John, for your reply and your kind words. Coming from such a wise spiritual teacher and great writer as you, it means the world to me.


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