Do Not Teach Health If You Do Not Represent Health!

In his How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! presentation, Paul Chek mentions that the average medical doctor dies 10 years younger than their average patient. He goes on to suggest that every healthcare practitioner, including personal trainers and nutritionists, should be able to consult professionally in their underwear! In other words, they should practice what they preach and they should not teach health if they do not represent health.

I completely agree.

How many out-of-shape trainers/nutritionists/dieticians/doctors do you see giving out advice on how to get in shape? I’ve had several debates with overweight professionals who advocate the Canada’s Food Guide and other similar (high carb, low fat) diets for weight loss. And when I say “overweight,” I’m being polite.

It’s no different than going to a strength and conditioning coach to gain strength when that coach can barely squat or bench their own body weight. That might not be such a wise choice.

On the other side of the coin are coaches and trainers that “cheat” the process by taking drugs. Some even undergo cosmetic surgery. Apparently, the number one client for liposuction is someone that is within 10 pounds of their ideal weight and usually this consists of personal trainers and fitness models. These individuals appear in shape, but they're not necessarily healthy. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to distinguish poor health with good appearance (see The Day a Budweiser Girl Showed Up at My Door).

They often say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you can. Take an honest look at your healthcare provider and see if that is the type of person you would like to emulate.

To your health,

John Paul Catanzaro

Posted Apr 26, 2015

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