Technology, food and type II diabetes

The rise of technology, food and type II diabetes
The human being was designed to be active. The human being was not designed to be sitting all day, not moving. Our muscles do not get stronger unless they are used, if they are not used, they will inevitably atrophy. The human mind was made to be used. The mind, made from neurons not muscle, acts like muscle. The more I learn and interact with others, the more neural connections I will make, and thus, create intelligence. The human body was made to eat water rich foods, grown by the sun, with no preservatives. The human body was not designed to eat things that are processed, pumped with chemicals that I will never be able to pronounce. The children of America are not living the way the human body was designed to be lived. Where once children played outside, they are now inside playing video games. Where once kids ate fresh fruits and vegetables, they are now eating packaged food stuffed full of preservatives. Where once kids played with each other, they are now isolated by a glowing screen, promising the illusion of comradery.

A critical age
It is no mystery the devastating consequences our children are facing with the terrible life style choices that are presented to them. Type II diabetes was once unheard of in adolescent children, now it is the fastest growing diseases in that age group. And diabetes usually comes with obesity. Obesity is associated with hundreds of different types of illnesses, including heart disease and hypertension. The fact that children, between the ages of 6 and 14 are developing such diseases, is nothing short of mind blowing, and criminal. I say these harsh words because the children are not to blame. My question is, who is feeding them this food, why is there such an abundance of bad food. An adolescent’s brain is still developing, at that age, they are not going to be processing the same way as an adult. Because of this, if you are to have a salad on one side of the table, and a slice of Chicago deep dish pizza on the other, the child is of course going to eat the pizza (and probably most adults as well). The answer is because the pizza tastes better. The child is not going to be thinking of carbohydrates, triglycerides, and obesity. If ask a middle schooler if they would rather take a walk with me, or play Super Mario Kart, they are going to choose the video game, because it is perceived as much more fun! The adolescent is not going to be thinking about how a walk is going to improve cardiovascular function, blood pressure, brain activity and a bunch of other good things. The primary care takers, both in the micro society and macro society, have got to do their part in making sure our children are presented with the proper choices. How does a unhealthy population of children, both in the mind and body, benefit society? What is going on?

What’s going on?
The answer to that question is a complex one. There are many factors that play into why children are given such terrible choices in health. One is the breakdown of the family unit, where there is not enough time to plan a healthy lifestyle for children. Another problem is the capitalistic system, where the food industry values profit over nutrition, and profit equals unhealthy choices. Another problem is the rise of technology, and the value we place on such on such things. The consequences are going to be devastating, both in production and in the rise of health care. I am going to be doing my part as a counselor and speaker to speak out against this problem, and help come up with solutions.
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