Someone asked me about obesity and a genetic disposition to obesity. I said, “I am sure there is a percentage, albeit smaller than society wants to admit of people that have some sort of trouble with weight. When I look around the united states, I can’t say, “oh it is the United states genetic” that has caused so many people to put on so many pounds.” I don’t mean this as an insult to another human, rather, the reality is we are simply overeating unhealthy things as a nation and moving far too little.
A part of me blames the ease of convenience with, and for some reason, the idea of the scourge of chicken nuggets becomes the first item that pops into my mind for ease of bad nutrition with parents no longer cooking and kids seeming to grow in sizes that make one wonder, “is this path really healthy?”
I always liked chicken nuggets, wings, and other things you could do once a bird stopped laying fresh eggs. Yet, I was just in a farmer’s market, and a dozen eggs from the farmer is over USD 4. I can buy 30 mass produced eggs and throw away the yolks for $3. When I think of what people pay for all the various protein powders and such, I think, “it is much less expensive to get more protein by eating egg whites.” For whatever reason, the market feels that products that really might give a tiny edge to a world-class athlete is something one ingests at the non-athlete level and you get the same results.
As a culture, I wonder how and why we have become the “take a pill” generation, or the “McNuggets” generation. I would walk or take a bus to school each day. Today I drive along with some friends who drive and pick up their kids each day at school because they want to be best friends more than parents with their kids. I still remember a dear friend in Austin where we would literally stop at an Mc Donald’s after school and get his daughter chicken McNuggets every day. Now that I think about it, if I grew up at the same time, I would be in McNuggets and sauce heaven. “can I have a gross of them, please? What? No, it isn’t for a family, it is my afternoon snack!”
Goodness, when I think back at how much food it took to fuel a growing American football player, I am astounded. I remember in college when they did a hamburger special at McDonald's, I think I ate 26 or 28 hamburgers (I think it was a dime a piece?) and each night boom-boom and I would each eat a pizza even after consuming breakfast, lunch, and training table dinner.
So, I do get the idea of abundant and inexpensive food and how easy it is to make a habit out of medicating some issue inside ourselves. The bible talks about gluttony as a passion. I never really understood it until watching how we age and the idea of reducing food intake with our reduced metabolic rate seems to be common sense that few of us follow. The flip side is that it is just as easy to lose balance and go overboard and think that we can take off all the extra pounds and things that took years to put on with a magic pill, or in a few days. Another component of all this is the media messages that seem to bombard women more than men about image and external looks.
What I find interesting in life is that when I was younger, the physical element was so important. After meeting the old man in the desert, I am looking at each person and trying to go beyond their external and see inside their hearts and souls and realize they are merely a human being, just like myself, and they are imperfect – just like myself. I even look at the fashion world and while I love the couture, design, and craftsmanship in the items, I look at the models and all the celebrity “make up” and think, “wow, that looks more like someone put a lot of paint on the person…who are they?” If you ever see Emirates flight attendants, they usually are lovely people without the make-up, yet, the uniform has them look more like kabuki performers than people. There was a term in the past, “cake face” which is an uncomplimentary way of saying, “too much makeup.”
So, my few moments today and these thoughts…I have no idea where they came from. It was a chicken mc Nugget thought, and the mediocre food gets blamed in 10 minutes for the obesity epidemic in the USA. That isn’t true, as it is a bunch of factors that have allowed home cooked and homegrown to go the way of the microwave and drive through. While I love the convenience of such things – I wonder, “is it really good for humanity? Does it help humans grow beyond their waistlines?”