Nowedays abundance - how to handle?
Originally man lived just like animals still do in the wild today, according to the seasons!
of abundance (often the summer) came and went and so did times of
scarcity. In times of abundance it was possible and important to build
enough reserves and energy in our bodies in the form of fat. These
reserves where meant as a buffer to be able to cope with times of
scarcity. If we were not able to do so, chances were big we didn’t make
it through the winter! So over time, the people who survived where those
who managed to build enough reserves during times of abundance in
preparation for times of scarcity.
dieting, and thus affecting our weight, was something that did not
exist. Going on a diet is something only humans do, no animal does that
deliberately. If there is food, we are made to eat it!
there is plenty of food almost always available, so from a survival
perspective, it is natural, if not even logical and desirable, to eat
that food! A simple case of natural selection.
now, in modern times, that old built in mechanism works against us. In
the Western world we hardly know times of scarcity. Unfortunately for a
lot of us, we keep following our instincts and continue to build
reserves for times of scarcity which will probably never come anymore.
In the bigger picture, this time of rather continuous abundance has
still been relatively short for us humans, so we have not been able to
adapt to this new situation as yet. Although most people very well know
that overeating is not needed anymore they still do so (even if it is
dangerous for their health). Many are unable to stop that old primitive
instinct that is still dominant.
results are too been all around us. A roughly estimated 50% to 60% of
the people in the Western world are clearly carrying overweight. A
significant percentage falls into the category of obese or even morbidly
obese. If one gets to that stage, it appears that in practice it is
almost impossible to find the answer and get back to a healthy weight
again. So it is very important to signal being overweight in time and
take proper action before it is too late.
worldwide leader in obesity is the U.S. but Europe is already well on
track in following this bad example. People who are overweight have
often many physical problems and on average reach a much lower age
compared to people with of normal weight. On top of having to deal with
their own poor health, such people are also increasingly becoming a
heavy burden on society as a whole in term of costs of healthcare,
something we all have to support. The old mechanism that once helped us
to survive has now turned against us.
problem concerns adults but it is becoming increasingly visible in
children too. Children copy and learn the behavior of their parents. If
parents eat badly, it is almost certain their children will do too and
we know that what children learn in their youth is difficult to change
so often that behavior keeps repeating in one’s adult life. So if you
are overweight as a child and learn poor eating habits chances are big
you won’t be able to have a healthy weight as an adult.
the abundant supply of food, in present times we are forced by modern
society to perform less physical exercise. The hard physical work we had
to perform in the past is now done by machines. Even the daily moving
around is something we don’t have to do anymore (we do our shopping with
the car, we take the lift or rolling stairs everywhere) so we are a lot
less active in everyday life than our ancestors.
combination of too much food and too little exercise has caused in a
relatively short time a considerable increase in the average weight of
Western people. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel yet.
causes for the obesity problem in our world are easy to identify but a
lot less easy to tackle. Being fit and having a healthy weight is
unfortunately not something that happens overnight. We have to work for
it, but most of all you must be able to use your common sense to reach
or keep that state. Be aware of the change we went through in lifestyle
and act accordingly.
modern people have so much comfort available and so much food within
reach at all times. We all need to be aware of this and deal with it
consciously to stay healthy and fit. If not, chances are big you will
soon belong to the 50% of people who are overweight. With all the