By COLlive reporter
Rates of adult obesity increased in six U.S. states and fell in none last year, and in more states than ever – 20 – at least 30% of adults are obese, Reuters reports based on new analysis.
The conclusions, based on federal government data, suggest the problem may be worsening despite widespread publicity about the nation’s obesity epidemic and countless programs to address it, the news agency said.
As the issue looms over many trying to keep their diet, a handwritten note from the Rebbe written to an individual about weight loss and eating disorders has come to light.
Written in Hebrew and undated, the Rebbe writes as follows (free translation):
“In regard to your writing about being overweight and worry about it, and that it is difficult for him to decrease in eating and drinking:
“In my opinion, 1. The doctors exaggerate in their assessment of the damage of the size (added weight) of a person,
“2. Distraction – at least not constantly focusing on it will ease the restraint from additional eating and drinking – (and will) at least strengthen the peace of mind and therefore the metabolism of the person, to lessen the fat that is more than proportion,
“In addition and this is central – to serve Hashem with joy.”
The original answer in Hebrew:
לכתבו ע”ד ששוקל יותר מדי ודאגתו עד”ז וגם ע”ז שקשה לו למעט באכו”ש [=באכילה ושתיה] – לדעתי:
1) מגזימים הרופאים בהערכתם ההיזק שע”י דיקייט (תוס’ משקל) של האדם,
2) היסח הדעת – עכ”פ שלילת התבוננות תמידית בזה – תקל ההתאפקות מאכו”ש יתרים – עכ”פ, תחזק מנוה”נ [=מנוחת הנפש] ובמילא ה”מעטאבאליזם” [=חילוף החומרים] דהאדם למעט בהשומן שיתר מהמידה, ועוד וג”ז עיקר – שיעבוד השם בשמחה.