When Jack’s doctor called with the test results from his annual physical, the busy school administrator and father of two teens wasn’t surprised to hear that his cholesterol was too high and his blood pressure was “borderline.” His doctor had already told Jack that he could stand to lose fifteen pounds. He’d heard something similar last year as well—only then it was just ten pounds. The doctor suggested that Jack could probably control his weight with some lifestyle changes, and Jack resolved to finally do something about his health. He would start eating healthier to lower his cholesterol, join a gym, and begin an exercise regime.
It’s a familiar tale, and for Jack it had a familiar ending. Jack ...