According to Howard Schneider for The Washington Post, “Americans are fat, stressed and unhealthy.” The Human Capital Index measures human productive potential. Out of 122 countries the United States ranks 112th out of 122, for example, on the obesity scale, and similarly low when it comes to stress. The overall “Health and Wellness” score places the United States 43rd out of the countries studied, with a particularly poor rating for the “business impact” of disease overall (including the communicable type, where we are 65th…gross!). Why would Americans, who have so much, be ranked so low when it comes to health? If we want to break this cycle we need to get out of the ignorance tank and learn, and live by what we learn.
In the US and throughout the world getting an education is a sought after privilege. For many, it’s an incredible opportunity to get a good education. So why are we so dumb when it comes to food? Our nutrition classes in elementary school barely touch the surface of the importance of eating right. Health is wealth, we say, but we don’t live by that saying. Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” In the US we barely know anything about nutrition. We just buy what looks good, what tastes good, what’s the fastest and cheapest thing we can get our hands on. I’m here to help us, including myself, get educated about nutrition for our futures. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s ignorant. Let’s delve into this together and help ourselves live at a higher potential. Here’s a great video to get us started on this journey together. I hope you enjoy the ride!