Twinkie diet

I heard about this story several months ago as the debate about obesity was raging in US politics and culture. Here’s the facts in an article by a local news station where the professor lives:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=15294655

What does some guy losing weight by eating twinkies for a month have to do with this blog you might be asking? For one, truth has no boundaries and there are some really interesting truths in this story. Two, I’ve found the inverse to be true that stupid has no limits.

I travel a lot internationally and I’ve seen a lot of different places, cultures, people, politics, and beliefs. The details can be very different but if you distill it all down the simple core truth remains the same regardless of time, place, race, or age.

So, what are some of the core truths that the twinkie diet story can tell us?

  • Culture is not your friend. The antithesis of Twinkie-man’s story was the cultural craze a few years ago in the vignette “Super Size Me”. What does that tell you about American culture?
  • Personal accountability is still personal. My weight problem is MY weight problem. Until I decide to do something about my problems, they aren’t going away.
  • Methods and means do matter. The goal alone does not and cannot justify the means used to get there. If it’s not obvious that eating Twinkies the rest of your life is a bad idea, you missed the point of the original story.
  • A mind is a terrible thing to waste. So why do so many people, including myself at times, blindly accept everything they hear?
The simple tasks in life, like eating, are often times where we can see truth the easiest.
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About Steve Ledford
Christian, husband, father, businessman, engineer, and all around regular guy. I have travelled some uncommon paths in life. Over the course of time I have found that truth is always simple, without exception. My life's purpose is to find it, live it, and speak it.

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