I am not sure if what I am observing on the east coast of the united states is a trend, something I see through my own filters, or reality? Is the overall size of people in the united states just getting really big, like unhealthy huge? I mean no disrespect to overweight people, as I do understand how easy it is to put it all on, and how difficult it is to take it off. Usually, you do not realize how unhealthy you were until you lose what was there. Then you have a moment, much like I had yesterday with the meditation class where I didn’t realize how far OUT of balance, I was from what I consider a place that is my norm. You can easily forget what it is like to feel good.
How did America get so fat?
It is a great question and one I battle each day as I try to get to my goal. What makes it so difficult? I think the answer is that food today is not like people ate 60-80 years ago. There was a family meal, and eating out was a luxury to most of the nation. Today, I look at the plethora of processed and packages options that extend far beyond the land of scaled fast food and drive-through options. In 25 years, the drones and ability for delivery of anything in minimal times will be worked out, and you just click a button and voila, “instant gratification!”
When I first saw the movie wall-e, there were two things I noticed. The first what the brilliant use of animation in the opening sequence to allow us to understand the robot with no dialog. The second was the cruise ships with massively obese people all sitting in chairs and consuming more stuff and food, seemingly oblivious that they had gained tremendous amounts of weight and were unhealthy.
Perhaps simple common sense and balance are what is missing? I love to cook, and while it takes a bit more time, I know what I am putting in my body is not like a potato chip or some soda. The list of preservatives and chemicals is astounding. Just look at the caloric intake of one fast food meal. Most are more than enough for a day’s total caloric requirement. When I can cook for myself, I have no problem with healthy weight and nutrition. As soon as I am out and about on the road, I am at the mercy of processed food heaven. A dear friend in Nashville would joke about the southern food groups. “there are only two food groups here…lard and sugar groups!”
While I love sweet tea, when I saw a woman making a batch of it one day, I never drank it again because it was like adding some tea to 20lb bags of sugar.
Sorry, I have digressed again as I was thinking about the “scale” and “market cap” nonsense in today’s markets that are probably doing more to hurt American citizens than help it. At what point do “too many” choices bring you to a place where it is unhealthy? At what point do you allow everyone to think and be whatever they want and think, “oh that is fine!” if you look at the number of drugs, medicines, obesity, addictions and other issues in the united states – most of them are self-inflicted wounds. What is scary is that when such behaviors are deemed “normal” and socially accepted. My researcher friends working with MDMA and magic mushrooms for PSTD of veterans has me simply ask, “wouldn’t it be less expensive and healthier not to train people to kill each other and live in peace?”
It is the same logic I use when I say that to prevent wars, let the families of those in power go out on the front lines and lead the battle on the ground. When the leaders realized the actual cost of their own family, we would either have a world filled lead with more peace or more psychopaths. I don’t know which would be more prevalent considering the massive ego and megalomania one seems to need to want to be in those positions of power.
I seem to have veered off again – perhaps it is because I don’t want to really look at how unhealthy we have become in the united states as an overall whole. It isn’t just the exterior, but also the interior of people.
Perhaps this is where I stop writing and start working on some of the augment work. What I do have is ideas to help people. What I don’t have or believe is you force people to make a choice, as in the long run, it never seems to bode well. Freedom and choice are the greatest gifts one can have. I could go on about how we have abused or are losing it as a nation, but that could fill a book. maybe tommorrow i will ramble on about the “programming” of society?
All I am thinking of is when Jesus asked people, “do you want to get well?”
How many today are aware they are actually sick?