Horrendous Health Problems
I'll have to admit: I'm not a healthy eater, even
though I know it should be so. After over three decades of research on
the ways the body processes the massive amounts of junk put into our
food, after years of watching friends have such horrendous health
problems that were all directly associated with unhealthy eating
habits, and after researching and knowing full well of the benefits of
what a full and balanced diet can do for the body, I still can't shake
my coffee and cigarette habits.
So it goes. I'm of the mind that healthful lifestyles
are far, far too heavily promoted these days. Considering that we're
over-populated, under-educated, and are woefully under- equipped to
handle the education and health care needs of the country as it stands,
I'm actually all for allowing the dedicated fatty foods lovers and
sugar addicts to stuff their faces. The more quickly they die off, the
easier it will be for the rest of us to get the sort of care we've all
needed for the past decades.
Wait. That sort of harshness sounds starkly
neo-conservative and a little classicistic. So it goes. Ironically
enough, the folks who most need the health benefits that are offered by
eating well and exercising regularly are economically unequipped to
sustain healthful living. We have a welfare system that offers
struggling families vouchers for fatty or otherwise ill-constructed
food, a health care system that offers quality care only to those who
can afford it (and consequently don't need it,) and a government who's
too busy at the moment plugging holes in an economy that's still in
dire, though gradually improving, straits.
It's no wonder at all that they haven't gutted the
welfare system, isn't it? Doing so would do nothing but grow the
population further, increasing the problems created by the lack of
viable health care and educational professionals.
So eating healthily will do nothing to curb that,
unless the welfare system is reformed in such a way that fresh, organic
produce is included in the food packages sent to them.
On the other hand, we're not doing nearly enough
to promote an active lifestyle among any facet of our society, either,
and that's equally as important as (and less cost prohibitive than)
this recent surge of healthy eating advocacy. The thing about the
gradual surge in the health food industries
has looked highly class-oriented to me. Consider: walking into a
grocery store these days is expensive enough; but if you walk into a
health food store and try to buy comparable items (organic milk versus
Borden's, organic peanut butter, organic lettuce, etc.) versus walking
into a more conventional grocery store to buy the same, if not quite as
healthful items, you're looking at a significant and often-times
prohibitve price difference.
In sum, the poor, who would benefit the most from
a healthful diet are pushed from being able to make such a change by
the thinness of their wallets. The irony shouldn't be lost on any of
Conversely speaking, getting people to walk more,
to ride bikes, and to generally stay more active, cost little to
nothing. I wonder, then why we haven't considered that in terms of
making sure that our population emerges as a healthier one?