Ever since becoming acutely self aware about health and fitness, it’s as if I’ve developed super senses. I’ve got the eyes of a hawk and ears of a fox and somehow all of Western society’s bad habits seem to have been amplified a thousand fold and I can see it all. I used to be a participant in this feeding frenzy, but now I am on the outside, I look at it horrified. At the supermarket, families pile their trolley high with sugary treats and processed non-foods. One day I was driving home and I saw an elderly woman who was morbidly obese in a mobility scooter. She had (I supposed) her grand-daughter on her lap and the little girl was eating a McDonalds sundae. It was like looking at a vision of the future. Since quitting sugar I research every little scrap of reputable information I can about the obesity situation in Australia today. It’s all incredibly depressing and extremely concerning. It is more common to be obese now than it is to be a healthy weight. Our kids are sick and sluggish, they’re strung out on sugar so they perform poorly in school, are more antisocial and their basic motor functions aren’t being developed like they should.
I’m very concerned about the future of our society. It all paints a pretty bleak picture. I saw a bumper sticker on a car today that said ‘In this age of information, ignorance is a choice’. It struck me how true this was. We have all the tools for living a healthy life out there, but the majority of unhealthy people choose to be ignorant. It’s almost as if we just don’t care that we’re fat, sick and dying. When I was at my heaviest, I knew that I was unhealthy, I knew I was overweight, eating the wrong things, had strung out my metabolism and as much as I hated it-there was a part of me that kind of went ‘I…just…don’t really…care’. I was in a fug of sugar and sedentary habits and I was already fat-who cared? The fact that my hormones and chemical composition were being messed around by these non foods I was eating didn’t help with the care factor either.
However there is hope. There is light and knowledge and gumption out there. As I click through one hopeless research paper after another about how we’ve doomed our children, a health blog pops up. Another on quitting sugar. Another on the science of exercise. I skip right past the health industry corporations trying to sell something and suddenly find myself waist deep in real life people who are passionate and driven about being healthy and fit. Real people who may have been overweight or injured or just looking for a change putting in hours, days, weeks, months and many years into finding out what works for them and then TELLING THE WORLD about what they’ve found. Everyone is doing their own thing, finding their own way, doing their own research and they’re joyous and enthusiastic and driven. They’ve changed their lives and they’re loving on life and what I find is so brilliant about it all is that they’re then taking the time to blog, facebook, instagram and tweet about what they’ve learned and how good they look and feel.
These are just ordinary people; young and old, from different countries, with different languages, from different socio-economic backgrounds and they’re all learning from each other and spreading information, actively seeking and changing and growing, not being passive or apathetic. It fills me up to the brim with hope and joy and I feel so proud to be a part of this global community. Sure, things are pretty dire out there and there needs to be some pretty drastic fundamental changes in the way we consume as a society if we want to be healthy as a unit (which to be honest I don’t see happening anytime in the near future), but there are thousands, if not millions of people out there who are seeking out knowledge and putting it into practice to lead healthy and fit lives and as long as that continues then there is hope for the rest of us too.
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