1000 Ways to Die and You Choose this One?
One of my favorite all-time shows is t.v. series, which recreates unusual supposed deaths and debunked urban legends and includes interviews with experts who describe the science behind each death. The show takes on a tongue-in-cheek dark humor with approach to death through its presentation of stories derived from both myths and science, the show makes liberal use of artistic license to change the circumstances of real-life incidents that resulted in death for greater entertainment value. Regardless of the shows dark humor and it’s unethical ways of making money on the misfortune of individuals, the show teaches us one very important idea; that we face danger everyday of our lives and mostly survive it.
There are a lot of ways to end up dead, everyday we fight a new fight a new war against germs, toxins, injury, illness, catastrophe, and more. So why is it that we continue to add to the pile? Why is it that we place ourselves in situations that will harm us, and why is it that when we notice these disasters from afar we still do nothing to try and stop them? Is it human nature to self-destruct, or is it in fact that we are too lazy to do anything about it?
That is the question we must ask ourselves right now, when it comes to childhood obesity. While it may seem like just an American issue where, in the 1970’s 1 in 10 Americans were obese, and now, 1 in 3 Americans are obese and ⅔’s of the population is overweight. This epidemic can now be seen across the globe in all ages, in places such as London, England, where 1 in 3 children are obese; which is higher than England’s average of 18.7%. A study done by the Health and Services Committee found that 240,00 children in London were obese.
A TED Talk by Jeff Speck informs us that, In America, 25% of young men and 40% of young women are to heavy to enlist in our military forces, while according to the Center of Disease ⅓ of children born after 2000 will have diabetes. We have the first generation of children in America who are predicted to live shorter lives than their parents.
Speck also informs us that 14 Americans die each day from Asthma, which is now caused by car exhaust and not factories. It can be seen that particles in air pollution is actually harming our lungs and even damages and kills brain cells, as reported by CNN. If we are aware of all of this why are we ignoring the signs and living as though everything is alright.
It is time to start taking action, not only to save our planet, but to save our lives as well. Jeff Speck asked “What if lifestyle is quality of life; something better”. I deeply believe his is how we have start thinking.