Jack Lalanne, 60 Minutes, and the truth about Sugar and Obesity
60 Minutes televised a segment about new research findings concerning the negative effects of sugar. These findings have been claimed as breakthrough and I find this hard to believe. In the U.S., we live in a society that is deemed over 50% obese and our food choices are filled with an abundance of sugar. Do we really need science to give us a definitive answer about the negative effects of sugar before we make a change as a society?
Financially funded long years of research has told us what we have known all along. Have we chosen to neglect the truth? The truth we knew well over fifty years ago…
Jack Lalanne lived a healthy lifestyle till the age of 96 and was an advocate against sugar and processed foods. He achieved great feats in old age that youthful people could only dream of doing. He talked about eating healthy to live healthy well over 50 years ago and science has finally proven him right.
**1984 (age 70): handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 mile.
The truth is that Jack Lalanne was right about the negative effects of sugar all along and people have been prospering from his humanitarian efforts since the beginning. He brought popularity to exercise and developed gyms that transformed the American lifestyle (Bally’s Total Fitness).
Jack Lalanne was a pioneer and a leader. He brought us the gift of living a healthier life and by extension, a more fruitful existence. Those who implemented his advice have flourished and those who denied his advice in exchange for a quick fix of sugar have paid a dear price.
The ability to postpone gratification has time and again been a proven component for living successfully.
We need to pay tribute to a great leader, Jack Lalanne, who cared about the health of our people. He spread his knowledge to the masses without waiting decades for approval from scientific research to provide insurmountable evidence.
Leaders accept the truth and act responsibly on behalf of others. Leadership begins with the self and the ability to control instant gratification is an indicator of inner strength. This inner strength creates an echoing effect on everyone within contact.
“Jack Lalanne touched the lives of us all and needs the recognition he deserves as a great leader and pioneer.”
**“Jack LaLanne Fit As Ever At 70”. Lodi News-Sentinel. UPI. 19 November 1984. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HJwzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zDIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=4111,2340193&dq=jack+la+lanne+queen+mary&hl=en. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
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