Friday, June 12, 2009


Think back to when you were a kid. Didn't you run around all day (and night)? What about riding a bike up and down the street and around the neighborhood? What about playing in the park/playground?

When was the last time you did any of these things? Chances are, unless you're a professional athlete, its been years, right? That, my friends, is one of the reasons people are overweight these days. Something happens as we reach adulthood and our activity level drops severely as a sacrifice for our work...and you know I'm right!

What about your kids/grandkids? Do you see them going down the same path? Probably not, because these days kids are stuck inside playing video games and texting. Not to mention people are so paranoid about their kids getting snatched up, molested, or worse that when/if they go outside its only under strict supervision, or they're only allowed to play in the backyard (that's how my sister is with her kids, but I'm sure there are more like her). Yet, we wonder why there seems to be a new report every day about how kids are overweight.

---side note: Nintendo Wii, "Dance, Dance, Revolution", and a few others do keep you active while playing, so they are exceptions

It's not just the fact that we've forgotten what it's like to be active. I have a conspiracy theory. It is my belief that the fast food industry is in cahoots with the weight loss industry. Together, they are making a killing.

Think about this...we are so lazy that we don't take the time to make dinner the way it used to be, so instead we go to fast food every night. After a few weeks, we find that our clothes are harder and harder to fit into, if at all. This leads us to buy some Slim Fast, go on Weight Watchers, or something along those lines. After the weight goes down, the cycle begins again.

Pathetic isn't it? Now do you want to put down that Big Mac and go run around the park?

What do you think about my theory?


PJ said...

i don't know about your theory, but i do know that kids do NOT get outside enough and use their imaginations to occupy their mind. and yes, fast food is way too easy. i am happy that i grew up in the 70's.

Mystery Man said...

i know, right? ironically, i stopped by wendy's for dinner after running errands