So I’m about to wrap up my three-day excursion to Anaheim for a conference. Once again, I learned that sitting all day in sessions is exhausting and kills my body. I suppose putting in an early-morning run each day didn’t help–just set me up to be stiff–but I wouldn’t have missed that part of my day.
Apparently, though, the majority of America is quite content to pass up chances to exercise. And eat healthy. I took a little mid-day break yesterday to walk over to Downtown Disney to get something for each of the kids. While there, I was once again blown away by how unhealthy our society really is.
I was surrounded by entire families of overweight and obese people. They truly made up the majority of the folks out there strolling around. Or in some cases, not strolling, but riding in motorized chairs or being pushed in strollers–mostly, I’m guessing, because they don’t have the stamina to walk on their own power. And the food they were eating! Kids with huge sodas in hand, monster-sized servings of fries, cotton candy, etc. Really amazing.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by this. I read about it, see it on TV, etc. But it still takes me back whenever I see it. Maybe my view is skewed–I come from a county near DC where everyone is super type-A and into fitness (Jeff and Beth, you know of what I speak). We have four triathlons for adults and two for kids staged just a few miles from my house. Most of my friends are athletes of some sort, and even if they aren’t, they are certainly fit and care about what they eat.
So when I see what America is doing to itself when it comes to health, it makes me sad. We are clearly failing the next generation by not teaching our kids the right lessons or sending them the right messages. It’s depressing.