This summer, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Israel and the Middle East. While there, I was able to observe many cultures and religions. I saw all their differences: family, food, entertainment, values, priorities, etc. However, in the midst of all these differences, I noticed one constant in the Human Spirit: Every people group has an innate love for children. This would make sense, of course, because it is biologically necessary for a species to survive. More so, who doesn’t love a snotty nosed child running around, giggling his little head off at absolutely nothing? It’s hilarious and I am jealous of their ignorance. The biggest thing they care about is the fun they are having now.
However, we “adults” need to focus on their future for them, and what better way to do so, than to start with giving them the best bodies they can have. Our focus should be on equipping our children, our future, with the healthiest bodies they can possibly have. One can only be as good as their body will allow. The healthier the body, the healthier the person’s thoughts and actions.
America is a big melting pot of all the world’s different people groups, cultures, and religions. So, if we could get it right (or as close to right as possible) in America, then to me that says the world could do it as well (a little ambitious, but hey, it’s my blog). Sadly, we don’t have it anywhere near right. According to the American Heart Association, “about one in three American kids and teens is either overweight or obese”. Not only does obesity give way to high blood pressure, Type-2 diabetes, high levels of cholesterol, and severely increased chances of obesity related problems at an older age, but it also hurts a person psychologically, causing low self-esteem, poor body image and depression. Yet, the scariest idea for me is that we are doing something way worse than killing our own children: we are putting them through Hell and then killing them. A lot of people would say that is a little extreme, but that is only because we don’t see the repercussions immediately after feeding them.
“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”
– Richard Carmona, former General Surgeon
Now, what can we do to alleviate this epidemic? It’s quite simple really: Think globally, Act locally. None of us (college students) have kids (at least more than likely), but we do have hungry stomachs at least three times a day. Since we have to eat, why not eat the tastiest food out there, which is of course the healthiest, most natural… naturally. Now, I am no expert on this yet, but I would guess that something along the lines of eating healthy for the sake of your own body, supporting locally grown foods and helping raise awareness in the community. When it comes time to have children, you will be healthy, thus your child will begin this world with a firm foundation atop a mighty springboard, and someday, with the right decisions and a little motivation, he too can do something great that will change a child’s world.