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Is Obesity and Consumerism a ploy to make parents and citizens go bankrupt?

Updated on November 11, 2016

The Chew

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!

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!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      thank you for sharing . . .

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I agree with you I have recently moved from Atlanta to a rural town in South Carolina and it would seem fresh food is a foreign memory that I used to know. I didn't realize how much I had taken for granted in Atlanta with Whole Foods, etc, I will have to wait until Saturday and go to the Farmers Market, which can be inconvenient, but its worth it. One good thing is am starting a garden so next season I will be stocked up pretty well. My uncle will show me how to maintain it this weekend. I'm so excited. I am willing to put in the work to many mortalities from obesity and other food related diseases.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I understand that currently fresh foods, especially organics are more expensive than processed or fast foods. This is on the radar of activists so hopefully there will be a shift. We can only hope, yes?

      But whilst short term it appears more expensive, long term benefits hopefully ensures the family stay out of the hospital or at least pharmaceutical systems. Plus of course the feel good benefits are worth the price. Personally I encourage farmers markets and community gardens as a way of combating expensive produce, but of course they have to be available and you have to have the time to do this. But again, this is part of the shift in lifestyle that just has to happen.

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I totally agree with you 100% if you resist this epidemic then you won't be forced to seek the remedy. I was taught that children learn what they live and if the problem starts at home, that is where it should be addressed, it has to be a lifestyle change. To eat healthy costs way more than eating unhealthy, but our children and ourselves are worth it. I can't count on one hand how many daytime and nighttime talk shows and television shows are dedicated to tackling obesity and it is sad, because it is a true addiction. I really didn't understand just how much until I did the research, but just like addicts they need to learn to implement their new lifestyles into their everyday life.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Valuable hub and I think you're right on the button, or money. I guess it's plain cause and effect - someone is going to find a way of benefiting from someone else's problems, ie in this case obesity. There is a dangerous cycle which started a long time ago, but is now reaching a critical mass. Our kids are suffering badly because of consumerism and all it's ugly sides. We are bombarded with fast food advertising from burgers to sodas and it's made to look like a wonderful way to live. But of course it isn't and those suffering are paying a huge price. I often think it's grounds for lawsuits - to be lulled into a false sense of wellbeing which actually has the opposite effect.

      Anyway, one way to reverse the problem is to spend $6K on health farms for kids. Or maybe there are cheaper options which are much more self empowering. Get together with like minded mums and dads, regardless of whether your child is already obese or not, eating healthy is for everyone. Bypass the consumerism epidemic - it will save you heaps of cash. Do some brain storming on how you can all change your public relations driven lifestyles, and adopt a new lifestyle based on health. You will cut out so many middle men and women who are after your very hard earned cash.

      Teenagers hate most things and filling their brains with sugar will make them hate everything more. It's cool these days to be healthy, it's not cool to eat crap and be dumbed down. Change the whole paradigm. Takes a bit of guts, but imagine the rewards.

      Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @ Natures, you've very observant we are in an American individualistic society and people who love quick fixes and quick meals. The dilemma is that these quickies cause long term health issues or death. I saw the town in West VA, where the pastor had so many deaths to obesity it was a wake-up call. If we put work and our children's school as priorities and give them much time, why can't we put more stock into our health. Find creative ways to be maintain our health as well as our children's health. Great comment!

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @ Georgina I would agree. This is a pay now pay later kind of generation. The sad part is that it trickles down to our kids, because as parents we decide what they eat. To have to choose between budget and being healthy because of the market it really tragic. I never thought that I would see a day when people would have to make that choice. Great comment!

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      Georgina Crawford 

      6 years ago from Dartmoor

      It is scary and if you stand in the supermarket there are a few aisles of fresh food, then aisle after aisle of processed stuff, that pre 1970s we just would not have eaten. somehow we've let big business control what we eat. Rated up.

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      6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Scary huh? Teenagers hate healthy food and prefer takeaways , fizzy, juice or lollies over real meals. Great informative hub with shocking facts that we need to be reminded of.

      You are correct in saying that consumerism causes environmental degradation in a huge way.But people like to think only of themselves...up and awesome!


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