It’s surprisingly odd how the two of the most common health issues, of a species that has cured malaria, are related to bad physical activity and nutrition. Heart attacks, strokes, cancers and diabetes are still common causes of death nowadays, even though the life expectancy is almost a century in some countries like Japan.
We used to make fun with the obesity problem of Americans, with obese children and people who literally can’t get up from bed due to their weight or need a scooter inside Walmart but even countries like Greece with the Mediterranean-style cooking has high rankings for heart attacks and cancers without having any obesity problem.
The answer to this paradox is that even though the American paradigm has failed many times, in many fields, Europe is still trying to mimic it because is more profitable for both food industry and healthcare industry to “cure” a sick person again and again rather than having a healthy one. It’s pretty much what tobacco industries did back at 1960s but know we use sugar instead of cigarettes.
The majority of food products that we buy are not only cheap but also have added sugar and that’s why we can’t get only one bite but we want it all and we want it again and again. It’s like the burger and salad paradigm. On the one hand you have an expensive but healthy salad which isn’t made to be delicious and on the other hand you have two delicious burgers with fries and cola at the same price. Of course you know which is healthier but for the same price you will choose the one which gives you more, is tastier and satiates you.
Research indicates that exercising can help prevent or delay certain diseases, including some cancers, heart disease and diabetes but our eating habits are playing the main role of our health. We are actually what we eat every single day and unless you are Michael Phelps you can’t have a 12.000 calories a day diet and expect to be healthy.
So do we have to blame the food industry? The answer is no. What they do is not bad and of course is not good. It is what it is. It’s our choice not to exercise due to the lack of time when time is actually the only thing that we truly have. And in the end we bought the burger instead of the salad with our own free will. We must remember that just because we are not sick doesn’t mean we are healthy.
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
By: John Peros