'Just Getting Naked' Is Not
Enough For A Full Life
That is the title of an article in the Autumn 1998 issue of 'Nude & Natural' written by Doug Bookout. In my opinion, this is an outstanding article. Here in an excerpt:
"There needs to be a proper balance of positive body potential somewhere between body neglect found in some nudist circles and the body elitism found in some fitness circles.
I've been amazed to discover in the Naturist community, with its emphasis on body acceptance and self worth, a general apathy toward physical fitness. Go to any nude resort or nude beach and take a look around --- inactivity and poor dietary habits abound. I'm not talking about appearance. I'm talking about fundamental issues of health & fitness.
It seems as though some nudist wear their unfit, flabby bodies as a badge of rebellion, saying in effect, "I'm so secure and accepting of myself that I don't have to play into that fitness trap. I'm way beyond that, and you should be too." In fact, adopting this attitude is really just an excuse to remain unfit & unhealthy."
Doug then provides the reader with some sobering facts:
"Recent studies by the American Heart Association (AHA) indicate that one in every three Americans is overweight/obese. That's 58 million people! In addition, the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) estimated that the number of overweight Americans increased from 25 percent to 33 percent between 1980 and 1991.
Over the course of a few years, the cumulative effect of a sedentary lifestyle and calorie-rich diet is obesity and an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, circulatory problems, gallbladder disease, arthritis, breathing problems and degenerative joint disease.
It also raises blood cholesterol and triglyceride