Today’s world is a very busy one. We are all experiencing going to school or work, getting assignments done, going to sport and making time for family and friends. It is hard for parents to be able to work long hours, and put a home cooked healthy meal on the dinner table each night. We all end up turning to fast food and processed food as it is so easy to prepare and/or access.
The animal kingdom seems to be a lot smarter than humans in this area. You never see an overweight wild animal and they instinctively know what to eat and how much of it so they don’t overeat and get fat. They don’t have to concentrate on eating extra protein, or building extra calcium into their diets, and they all survive and are mostly healthy. If wild animals eat junk or processed foods they get sick. Stephan Reebs writes about this in his article “Wild animals suffer on ‘junk food’ diets” . You do find obese pets, but they are the product of being fed by their owners.
In Morgan Spurlocks “Super Size Me” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Size_Me, he documents the fast food lifestyle’s drastic effect on his physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.
It is something to think about and I think if we banned processed and fast food we could beat our obesity problem in the world, we just need more time to be able to meet our taste expectations that we have built so high and we need to stop fast food advertising which makes us all crave fast food.
Allan Carr (http://itunes.apple.com/au/book/allen-carrs-lose-weight-now/id455023460?mt=11) talks about animals instinctively eating the right foods by saying
“Why has nature made things so complicated by having a specific ideal intake for each species? If every species were designed to eat the same foods, the biggest and strongest amongst them would thrive and the smallest and weakest would die. That in turn would condemn the biggest and strongest to extinction, as they depend on the smallest and weakest to survive. The largest creature on the planet, the blue whale, feeds on one of the smallest, plankton, and without the birds, bees and other flying insects which pollinate plants, our entire ecosystem would collapse.”
If human beings are the intelligent species, why do we harm ourselves by eating what is unnatural and unnecessary for our bodies?