Perhaps the nation’s “obesity epidemic” is something that can be cured by a few changes in home decoration.
I was reading the New York Times this morning, as I am wont to do, and I clicked on a disturbing article about obesity. It was disturbing on two counts: One, the raw data was disturbing — the New York Times reports that 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and that 33 percent of American women are obese. The other disturbing aspect of the article was that the author concludes that the womb, in other words innate factors in a person’s composition, are what determine whether a person will be obese or not. Americans love this kind of thinking — it’s not my fault, blame it on genetics.
Contrary to the New York Times, I believe that obesity can be avoided by changing one’s lifestyle. What’s more definitive of lifestyle than the home? Here are 10 home decorating ideas that could prevent or cure obesity:
1. Place your television in a room without a couch
This sounds ridiculous, I know, but it works. Laziness is something you can use to your advantage: If it takes effort or discomfort to sit and watch TV, you’ll spend a lot less time doing it. Put your TV in your unfurnished basement or attic. You’ll spend a lot less time sitting and watching it.
2. If you must keep your TV in the living room, unplug and cover it
One thin woman I know keeps her TV unplugged and covered by a piece of decorative fabric, with a statue on top of it. She takes out the TV and watches a video once in a while, as a treat, and then unplugs it and covers it up again.