Aug 132012
 

A new study by experts reveals that only 1/3rd of Canadians will admit to being overweight, despite national statistics suggesting the real proportion of people overweight is approaching 2/3rds.  Speaking in general terms, maybe we’re just too afraid or embarrassed to admit how we really feel about ourselves. A professor at the University of Calgary said that “we collectively as a nation don’t tell the truth on our driver’s license. We’re two inches taller and five pounds lighter.

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But denial isn’t just a river in Africa. It’s time we faced reality. This will become a big social and economic problem down the road if we don’t do something about it now. I strongly believe that self motivation is more effective than any government program. So instead of lobbying for more public awareness, education, or medical funding, I say we take this matter into our own hands.

Here is one way you or your friends can live a healthier lifestyle. A CMA study suggests that for households making less than $30,000 a year, only 39% reported to have very good or excellent health. But for those making more than $60,000 a year, the reported number is 68%!  The lesson here is obvious. Wealthy is healthy. You can increase the quality of your health just by making more money. Canadian doctors agree. And best of all, it’s free \(^_^)/

There you have it! One more reason to become financially stable. You can potentially live longer and decrease your chances of diabetes and other illnesses just by making more than $60,000 a year. There are many ways to do that. Here’s one example from personal experience. Work diligently and live modestly, and put any savings towards dividend growth stocks. Over time as your wages and dividends grow, you should eventually reach a combined income of $60,000. You may take on a second job to speed up the process . It may take 5 or 10 years, but it’s not impossible. Think about all the good it will do for your health, according to medical experts anyway ( ̄ー ̄)

Of course nothing beats the old fashioned way to a healthier lifestyle. From now on I’ll try to eat more whole foods, and less junk/fast foods. Watch my meal portions. Drink lots of water. Watch my caloric intake and go get me some exercise (^◇^)Feel free to join me!

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Random Useless Fact: The word count for this post, without the title, is exactly “404”