Boston’s battle to lose is looking, at the moment, like a losing battle. That is to say, Mayor Thomas Menino’s one-year goal of a million collectively shed pounds by late next month is looking exceedingly distant. As the Boston Globe declares in this feature story by lifestyle reporter Beth Teitell:
So far we’ve lost 95,697 pounds. Only 904,303 to go. By April 23.
People, now would be a good time to start that juice fast.
Beth joins us on Radio Boston between 3 and 4 today to discuss the city’s weight-loss campaign. Just a couple of points to note:
It’s very hard to know whether that disappointing poundage is a true failure to lose or just a failure to track. I spoke today to Boston City Councillor Felix Arroyo. Last year, when Mayor Menino announced his million-pound march, WBUR’s Delores Handy reported that he also personally pledged to lose two pounds a month himself. Other weight-loss pledges followed, she reported, including Arroyo’s goal of over three pounds a month.
So how did he do? Not badly. He hasn’t lost the 36-plus pounds he pledged, but he estimates he’s lost about 10 pounds, mainly by cutting back on unhealthy food and listening to the stomach that tells him he’s full rather than the taste buds that tell him the food is delicious.
He’s doing just what weight loss experts suggest, creating a sustainable, healthier lifestyle rather than following an extreme, faddish diet. Just one rub: he didn’t think he’d charted his weight loss on the city’s Website, and if a man who’s civically oriented enough to be a city councillor doesn’t get around to doing it, you can bet a great many other citizens are similarly remiss.
“Most people I talk to think about weight loss at one point or another, and it’s not the easiest thing to do but I also suspect it may not be the easiest thing to track on a mass scale,” he said. It may not be possible to know whether Boston has lost a million pounds or not, he said, because it’s so hard “to create a mass consciousness across the city of, ‘Lose weight and track it in this place.’ I don’t envy the work of the people trying to do that.'” Continue reading