Pembrey & Burry Port

Graham Davies’ – “A Weight off my Mind”

A few weeks ago I attended a presentation linked to the Carmarthenshire Integrated Community Strategy. One of its intended outcomes is that people in Carmarthenshire are healthier. I was amazed to see how the proportion of adults and children not maintaining a healthy body weight is increasing.

Data from the Welsh Health Survey shows the percentage of adults in Carmarthenshire who are overweight or obese has increased from 54% to 61% within the last decade. Almost 30 per cent of five year olds have an unhealthy body mass index. Crumbs, we’re talking Richter scale here! When your mate in the pub says “Your round”, it takes on a whole new meaning.

There’s a fat chance of that situation improving if sporting and other healthy activities in Burry Port are not encouraged to thrive. Rugby, football, athletics, dance etc. must be protected if, as it seems to be the case, they are under threat from insufficient funding.

Perhaps the problem for the future is not so much about rising sea levels as sinking Carmarthenshire from sheer poundage of flesh. Thank goodness we have some community spirited people to the rescue. Through the double doors in the Jerusalem vestry is Slimming World where “instead of telling you what you can and can’t eat, Food Optimising puts you in control – you decide what size you want to be and we’ll help you get there”.

Or you can roll down the hill to the Memorial Hall where Weight Watchers’ ProPoints® plan “is tried, tested and has been proved to really work. It’s a simple, flexible counting system that allows you to eat what you like, when you like, until you reach your daily ProPoints total.”

So that’s a weight off my mind, if not my body. Of course you will have to pay both groups to lose weight. Extraordinary! I think my strategy would be to eat less and save money as opposed to pay an organisation to organise me. After all, whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes. And if all fails there’s always the famous prayer of St. Obesus: “Please God, if you can’t make me slim, make my friends fat.”

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