Is Obesity and Consumerism a ploy to make parents and citizens go bankrupt?
Good Heart/Bad Heart: The Heart of the Matter
I cannot tell you how many countless articles have been printed concerning the issue of obesity and childhood obesity. There is in almost every magazine, an article devoted to drop 2 dress sizes, lose 7 lbs. in 7 days. There have been shows such as Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the Biggest Loser, and Celebrity Fit Club. However, McDonald's and other fast food joints lines are wrapped tighter than a Maypole. More people and their children are suffering from juvenile diabetes and heart disease.
There was a clip of Dr. Oz showing the amount of damage that is done to your liver and how eating properly and implementing certain foods could reverse the damage. It was interesting to say the least to see a human liver that was good and a bad liver, even greater was the news that all was not lost, and things could be rectified. Then, he goes on about the heart. He places three hearts a good heart (surprising that old bird Barbara Walters had a good heart, probably because of transference during her interviews when she puts people in the hot spot, but won't answer one question about her.). Now the good heart was small, but the other two hearts reminded me of rib eye steaks especially the worst. It looked like badly burnt meat before it was even cooked.
The same news was that once your heart got to a certain point the effects were irreversible. Which means that you could do better and improve, but your heart will never go back to being that once perfect little heart that it once was? I was scared to hear that. So, I did what any normal person would do, I took to Google and yahoo. Upon my research I discovered there are certain things that are irreversible when it comes to heart disease. However, heart disease is a reversible process according to some doctors. There was a host of recommendations one of which being from Medical Express that says, "Structural changes in heart muscle cells after heart failure can be reversed by allowing the heart to rest, according to research at Imperial College London.
Findings from a study in rats published today in the European Journal of Heart Failure show that the condition's effects on heart muscle cells are not permanent, as has generally been thought. The discovery could open the door to new treatment strategies." That means there is hope and I recommend that you always get a second and third opinion that is not to say your doctor is a quack, but sometimes someone else can spot something that may have been missed. There is a show on TLC called Mystery Diagnosis dedicated to these extreme cases. I have attached an article that speaks to that issue in my link below dealing with the issue of childhood obesity and consumerism and their apparent marriage.
What I mean by this is that statically obesity is not just a problem for adults but their children as well. What we consume as a posed to consumption 50 years ago or even 10 years ago is drastically different. We are a society that wants a quick fix. We love to skip steps (self-included), however, you miss the information and knowledge is a powerful tool. When you pot in a processed meal, because of fatigue or time you are almost guaranteed to set your child up for later health issues if not in the present.
It has been said that the life expectancy is much lower for our kids today. So outliving your children is a very real and sad possibility. Another factor to consider is the cost of food, it costs to be healthy. If you stroll down the grocery store aisles you will notice that the bad things are cheap, but healthy food cost. In the current state of the economy, one is left to choose between what is good for you and what is cheap and can fit in your budget. However, nothing is free and cheap has its cost too.
There is Hope!
Consumerism vs. the People weighing in
- Effects of Consumerism — Global Issues
The effects of the way things are produced and consumed today have impacts all around the world. Today’s consumption is a major cause of environmental degradation. It is also a backbone to globalization in its current form and this often maintains di
Now the Bankruptcy Bit
I asked initially, if childhood obesity and obesity were a ploy to make parents go bankrupt? The reason for my question is because now that obesity has been identified as a huge problem for a lot of Americans. Capitalists are able to gain off of this, because now there is a need for goods and services in that area at an alarming rate, so much so, that some parents are paying 6K a month to enroll their children in a health care program, like a fat camp or fat farm with a minimum stay of four months. That banks at 24K for a healthy kid, that’s an overstatement, for a kid on the road to being a healthy kid, so they claim.
The child works with a nutritional scientist and a personal trainer. My issue with this is, firstly who can afford 24K besides the Bourgeoisie in this economy and if the parents somehow manage to afford it. How will they address the socio-psychological factors that may have led to the obesity in the first place? You remove the kid from their environment (kind of like rehab) but are the issues that led to the road addressed. As they say you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
That idea is financially, emotionally, and psychologically draining. The child could have separation anxiety (just a possibility) which would only mount the issue and add to the situation. Anxiety is no joke, folks. So let's do a little math, if the family only brings in 50K, almost half is gone in four months for the hope of health.
It’s a gamble some are willing to take, but I am inclined to agree with article below, the cost is too high. I would suggest hiring a trainer and if that’s too rich for your blood do the research and take your child's health back with the aid of your doctor. We may be victims of consumerism, but we can be liberated and liberate our babies, so that we can all be healthy. Not bulimic, but having a life of balance from a health standpoint as well as a psychological standpoint. Stay in the fight, you can do it! It is not easy, no quick fixes, but if you stay dedicated and consistent in time you will gain your desired goals. Just don't give up or go bankrupt!
Save our Babies!
- Why Fat Camps for Kids Fail: Fat Grams vs. Portion Control - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
Think long and hard before sending your obese child to that luxurious "fat camp" tucked away in the majestic mountains somewhere.
Diamond in the rough or stud stuck in mud
Is 6K to much to be pay for your child's health?
Reversing Heart Disease is it possible?
- The Untold Story: Heart Disease is a Reversible Process - What is Heart Disease? - Heart Disease
There's an important story not being told: heart disease is a reversible process. For the great majority of people, coronary heart disease is something that you can gain control over.