Here are definitions of “PREDICT”: : to declare or indicate in advance especially,foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason.
We all deal with predictions in our lives, both predictions we make on our own as well as predictions of others. What we wear each day based on weather predictions, how we invest our money based on experts’ predictions of the stock market, which teams we bet money on based on Vegas oddsmakers’ predictions…the list goes on and on about how “predictions” impact our lives.
Let’s turn our focus on health-related issues: Our self-prediction of our own future health is predicated on a number of factors, including:
- Current age
- Family history of diseases/illnesses
- Our previous medical history
- Our lifestyle
Now, let’s narrow our attention to the last bullet-point, i.e. our lifestyle: If we look in the mirror and see a person that is not paying adhering to a healthy lifestyle, i.e. weight out of control, already suffering from weight-related co-morbidities, not exercising, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, etc, then “predicting” a long, happy and healthy future life becomes difficult. The “crystal ball” will not show pleasant situations down the road, but rather, a much more difficult future involving doctors, hospitals, lost time with family/work etc.
Stay focused and determined in your weight control efforts. By doing so, you will be able to not only predict, but also ensure, a much happier and brighter future.