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Category Challenge: Health-Fitness

I was reading a very interesting article in Readers’ Digest titled, ”A Matter of Life or Death.” Though it was US specific, I think we can all learn some lessons from it.

It stated that every year, people in US smoke billions of cigarettes, drink billions of bottles of beer and consume millions of gallons of alcohol and wine.

Almost two-thirds of murders and drownings, one-third of suicides and roughly half of fire deaths and fatal car accidents involve drug, alcohol and substance abuse.

After consuming things that destroy health, we then try to buy health by spending billions of dollars on health/medical care, building more and training more , paramedical staff etc.

According to the article, in US, infectious of past are under control but now people are choosing to die of diseases of personal choice. Life span is longer but quality of personal health is abysmal as lung cancer, liver cirrhosis and heart diseases are on the rise because of personal habits.

The cure:

  • Meals at regular intervals and less snacking.

  • Moderate to brisk exercise regularly.

  • Adequate sleep

  • Reducing or completely eliminating cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use.

  • Avoiding junk food and keeping an eye on weight gain.

Personally, I think it is pretty ironic that in some parts of the world, people are dying of hunger, malnutrition, famine, drought and in other parts of the world, they are dying of obesity and over-consumption of things that are known to be bad for health.

This post is part of my A-W .


update: This is my 8th category post so I have completed about 30% of the challenge..yoohoo

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manni wrote on November 10, 2014, 8:55 AM

Drunk driving is a major problem across the globe. Things need ti change though

activebaba101 wrote on November 10, 2014, 9:29 AM

yes drinking is not good even take excessively and health is very precious for all human beings

AngelSharum wrote on November 10, 2014, 12:15 PM

I have never smoked or done drugs and only drank three times in my whole life. Still have have more than one heart problem and lung problems. The medication to fix my heart problems caused me to gain 30 pounds in two months that I haven't been able to lose for the last four years. The government and doctors don't have an answer for people like

paigea wrote on November 10, 2014, 2:10 PM

These are very good points. We are just eating and drinking ourselves into an early grave.

Lemark wrote on November 10, 2014, 4:48 PM

You have good points here.

The problem is that the system depends on us eating bad stuff, smoking, drinking alcohol, abusing our bodies and minds in every way possible.

First they get a lot of tax money from the sells of these so called products and then they get even more by selling you medicine and treatments.

It is the foundation of the western civilization.

Only a seek person is a customer for health industry.

devil.angel wrote on November 11, 2014, 7:02 AM

We have a famous joke - First we ruin our health to earn money, and then we spend money to make health

bestwriter wrote on November 11, 2014, 6:25 PM

It has all to do with lack of self control and that is where yoga and meditation helps. It is this that needs to be more advertised in countries such as the US.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 9:46 PM

Hmmm! I wonder what my progress tally adds up to? Must go check now! Thanks for the idea :)

scheng1 wrote on December 11, 2014, 10:10 PM

I think the root of the problem is that people are selfish. Cigarettes and alcohol make them happy. They never think about the pain and suffering of their loved ones. The pain and suffering are internal, since all of us fear losing our families.