Obesity and its relation to our worldview
Our nationwide epidemic of obesity is not just about our taste buds or fast food industry. Our worldview may have a lot to do with our waistlines.
Our children learn the values of speed, impulsiveness and immediate gratification. The lessons, such as: “if you want it, go and get it, don’t let anything stop you, sky is the limit and enjoy, you live only once” are rarely tempered by balancing notions of thinking of consequences before spinning into action. These values are even training our emotions and eroding foundations of human relations. “Make me feel good” is becoming the new foundation and principle of love.
Our adult psyche translates the word “success” into growth and every growth is visualized as expansion. In reality, there is a fine line between healthy growth and menacing expansion. Busting bubbles demonstrate the final boundaries of ultimate expansion, i.e. nothingness.
Within a system, whether biological or social, symmetr y and balance are critical for healthy sustainability — an eco-system of its own kind. In order for anything to expand, something must contact in order to make room for expansion and that “something” could be of much greater and critical value.
Our eating habits may have fallen prey to these learned values. We have learned to attach our sense of happiness with immediate gratification and ideas of quantity. This is exacting a heavy toll on our national health and threatening our future generations.
It may be time to reassess these values when it comes to calories, where “less is more and more is not necessarily better.”
Dr. Shaheer Yousaf, Waldorf The writer is an orthopedic surgeon with the Center for Advanced Orthopedics.