We go to work and get in on time because fear motivates us. If we stay in bed or arrive late, continually, then our performance is monitored and we face the sack. We go and see the horrible dentist with all his spiky, pokey sharp instruments because we don't want rotting teeth or toothache. We have routine medical check-ups, because we want nasty things found early on, if they exist. We try to put a little money aside each month for that rainy day when the roof leaks - we fear having no disposable income (my situation now) and we pay our insurance premiums because we worry that something awful might happen to our homes...We cover ourselves and do the sensible thing. We ensure our cars are serviced...that they have oil and good working parts, because we don't want them to let us down - to break down on us when we rely on them. We do as much as we can to alleviate the horrible happening.
Why then do we eat large amounts of greasy or sweet foods with no nutritional value? Why do we sit a lot when we do this...and why, when we become even bigger, do we allow ourselves even more rest? Isn't that a sure-fire way to have our arteries clog up? Yet we like eating. We like the taste of ( - insert names of favourite junk foods here - ) so we eat them regularly and look forward to buying them and eating them. We 'treat' ourselves to them. We also stagnate and allow it to happen, knowing our bodies were built to move, and that the whole system becomes achey, creaky, swollen, tired, painful, sluggish and completely unhealthy when we live like this, yet we carry on. Would we put salt/grit/sand/water/cream/sugar into the fuel tanks of our cars?
Early man lived on what...animal meat, nuts, fruits, berries, roots, water, vegetation? We call 'progress' the eating of microwaved meals, fast foods, deep fried foods, sugary iced doughy/cakes, alcohol, fizzy drinks, coffee and chocolate and sweets (candy) full of chemicals, sugar and salt. My mother created meals out of 'raw' materials - fresh meat or fish and vegetables, which needed washing, peeling and preparing. It's only lately that we've woken up to the fact that this is what we have to continue doing. Some people have seen the light, some people always walked in the light, some find that way of getting meals laborious and time-consuming. I count myself as one of that particular group...for much of the time. I can pick at things for days if I am not expected to prepare a meal for anyone, yet when my children were young I gave them good foods and lots of fruits and vegetables, almost religiously. Of late, I don't make much effort for myself. I'll cook an extremely healthy meal for a guest....but me, here alone during the day? I can pick at things.
A huge swathe of the world is hell-bent on decay, and grows fat, weak and dies early, whilst a huge part of it hasn't heard of the word 'gluttony' and starves and dies. We have got it all wrong haven't we? Sadly, an individual cannot save the world alone (unless they are called Clark Kent or Bruce Willis) but we can make our own little part of the world better..our lives healthier and we can educate our children about the dangers of a fast-food society.
Hummmph! I am a fat woman spouting off about these things. Ironic or what? However, for most fat people the light dawns eventually. (Look at how many weight-loss bloggers there are!) For some people the damage is too great. For many big people disease and illness has taken hold and they can only begin a course of damage limitation...if they decide to improve their lives at all, that is. I chose to ignore the 'pigging- out-on-crap-foods-makes-us-fat-and-fatness-and-sloth-inevitably-leads-to-ill-health-of-one-sort-or-another' equation. Many of us do, hating ourselves for continuing our piss-poor lifestyles but feeling overwhelmed and depressed and unable to stop the rot. Sound familiar?
Then we decide to stop the rot. What makes us change course? Fear? Fear of what we might become..or the lack of future we'll have if we continue living as we do.