I remember hearing the phrase “Life is short, eat what you want.” It sounds great. The problem is that I also heard a doctor say, “many health issues arise from nutritional ignorance.” On one hand we have a man saying we should live life as much as we can while we’re still alive. On the other a man giving us a warning so we can prevent our premature death as well as chronic debilitating disease. I’m no doctor but I feel both have a good point.
Why would I write about obesity? The truth is it hits close to home. Most of my extended family is obese and they’ve never liked my commitment to health. In fact they try an knock me off the pedestal every time I make a mistake. Despite this, after all this time, most if not all are presently more obese and unhealthy than they’ve ever been. My efforts to convince them to adopt healthier choices have failed miserably. I didn’t realize how bad it had become until one my few health conscious cousins said something to me at a family gathering. “Everyone is hella big! It’s out of control.” She was right. It’s no longer just chubby. We’re talking borderline morbid here. At this rate 80% of my family will be in a wheelchair within 15 years or worse deceased. This worries me.