It’s crazy that out of all species, we are the only ones that can’t feed ourselves. We have made ourselves so sick and obese. The only animals that we see in the world with obesity problems are ourselves and the animals we have domesticated. We can create these incredible smart phones that can check up on the weather in India from anywhere in the world, yet we can’t tell that a vegetable is healthier for us than a donut.
We are poisoning ourselves as a society and slowly a species. The only people that aren’t putting toxins into their bodies are the people that can’t afford to which is a sad twist. My friends and I were out to breakfast the other morning and saw a boy with his family. The whole family was greatly overweight but this young boy was morbidly obese. He was sitting there eating french fries, ham, cheese, the typical american diet. It was so sad because it was not this boy’s fault, he does not know about nutrition, and doesn’t have any access to it.
The schools don’t teach about it except for the so called “health classes” and gym where kids sit on their phones for 45 minutes pretending to be doing whatever activity the teacher has told them to do. This boy will probably always be fat because by the time he is old enough to read about nutrition he will be so overweight and sick that he will give up. It is a sad outlook and I hate to say it but nutrition needs to start at homes and really be expressed to children. The world is going backwards not forwards, this is the first generation that will not outlive their parents.
I nanny and the little girl I watch asked me to help her with her homework. She is seven years old and she was learning hwo to write computer code. That is insane and super helpful to her future. While she was working on it she was eating a sugary yogurt that might as well have been ice cream. And I thought this kid will be able to work with all technology but not keep herself healthy and that is sad. She has so much potential for great things but won’t be able to enjoy them if she is not healthy.
We need to make health class one of the most important classes throughout our children’s education. We are creating this technological world with so many amazing possibilities but instead people are sick and unhappy. We have focused around this unhappy world and keep creating things to make us “happier” when in reality they take away from nature, health, and happiness.
I was speaking with a friend who went to rehab. I asked him some personal questions and he was very open with me. He was in rehab for painkillers. I asked him what started his addiction and he said to me, “I was a fat kid”. I asked how that contributed and he continued with his story. He told me that he started taking adderall (the medicine for ADD which suppresses appetite) when he noticed the effect he started taking about 6 a day and lost tons of weight. He was so unhappy with himself that he started taking painkillers to feel high and it became a vicious cycle. Now that he went to rehab he came back 30 pounds overweight. He is cured from drugs but now an unhealthy weight. He knows nothing about keeping the weight off healthily. The problem with that is all he knows is drugs and if he continues to gain weight and stay unhealthy he will go right back to what got the weight off in the first place. The nutrition in this country is so bad that it can create a society of unhappy drug addicts. I know that’s a bit of a leap but it’s true, he was self medicating, but what about other people that go to their doctors for medication to get the weight off, it’s the same thing just with doctor’s help.
We don’t need to keep inventing new medicine we need to create a new relationship with food.