What will it take?
I've really been pondering over the question, what will it take for us to wake up and take control of our health?
What will it really take to stop waiting on experts to be the ruling authority over our lives?
How much more do we need to see? How much more cancer, illness and death do we need to experience before we finally say, wait a minute, something isn't working?
Look around. We have more medicines, vaccines and medical "advancements" than we've ever had but yet there has been no sign of our health improving.
And to keep it real black folk think it's a doggone joke. Newsflash negro, the joke is on YOU!
It's one of those things that you don't need a study or a stat to confirm for you, just look around. Take a survey of the health of every person you know. What do you see?
I'll tell you what, complete destruction. People are sick, depressed, popping pills and fat.
*Over a third of Americans are now obese; nearly one in six are severely obese, with a BMI over 35. The rise in childhood obesity and related illnesses is particularly tragic.
People are sick and they know obsessive weight is weighing down their organs but instead of addressing their health they want the world to campaign for "fat acceptance". Hell no.
And miss me with the fat shaming nonsense because the fact of the matter is no one can shame you about anything unless you already feel "shamed" inside.
Trying to promote a healthy lifestyle is not what is causing people to live a life of despair, it's pretending like being unhealthy is ok as long as you feel good about it.
That is not body positive, that is body denial.
Simple ass arguments like, uh well there are skinny people who are unhealthy too, don't work either.
NEWSFLASH that's not what we're talking about here! That being true doesn't negate the fact that obesity is a serious issue is this country and despite the ploy to convince you obesity is frowned upon, fat is the new normal and IS now being widely and pridefully accepted.
*Cues the insecure chorus who will now cry that I'm suggesting overweight people not love themselves*
If this is you just close the browser. I refuse to provide an explanation or response to that because you know good and well you should and can love yourself while also knowing that your current state is not your best and needs improvement for the sake of your long-term health.
SO WHAT'S MY ROLE?
Now it's time for my self check. I remember and refuse to forget where I once was. Truth be told that really wasn't that long ago.
No I've never been obese but I got just close enough to that thickums level (that the fellas seem to love) to know that if I didn't self-check I would find myself just like everyone else in my family - overweight and unhealthy.
I get it. I understand habits, programming and simply being ignorant about health and wellness.
More importantly though, I know the power of information. Information literally changes situations.
You of course have to be receptive to that information but in all fairness I do believe you need to be exposed to certain information to even test whether or not you're receptive to it. You know when you come across something new and you're like...whoa, I never thought about that or considered it that way.
I already know my perspective and approach will not be for everyone and that's fine. But I also know that hitting you where it hurts has the power to spark something within you to get your wheels of self improvement in motion. You know...putting the tough in - tough love.
So I'm challenging myself to offer that which I wished was offered to me many years ago - information.
This thing really goes deeper than just not eating this or that. Our food supply is being poisoned with additives that makes foods addictive and you fatter. This is by design and you must know this and respond accordingly.
It's serious stuff, not to be feared, but to be empowered to make more conscious decisions when it comes to your day to day lifestyle.
“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
― Mark Twain
Our declining health affects us all in every way. I find it very bizarre that we have ongoing discussions about the economy but leave out the health of the people as if it doesn't directly affect the economy!
The same concerning the campaign for universal healthcare. What good does a universal healthcare system do within a society that promotes fat, sick and unhealthy people?
Isn't it worth discussing why our health is in the shape that it's in? It's almost like, hey, we know we're going to continue to piss on our health but who cares as long as someone else has to pay for it!
Here's a lifelong tip: If the government is offering it, it ain't a solution.
There are many outlets that will continue to try and make you feel good about living a degenerate lifestyle. If that's what you seek, then by all means cling to that.
But know this, there's a bigger game in play that will continue to tap into the emotions of Americans to convince you unhealthy is cool. They'll use the social media "dragging" phenomena to rip into anyone who dare suggests being fat or unhealthy is simply not something to turn a blind eye to.
Don't get mad though. You have the power to change all of that.
The question is will you?