so I was watching Michele Obama’s interview on The tonight show with Jimmy Fallon. I was surprised that with all the things going on in the world, her main focus right now seems to be obesity. That must mean that it is a growing problem in the country, and honestly every western country right now. I know that your whole life you’ve been told that in Europe people are thin and in shape… I’m gonna tell you right now, that ain’t true! Every time I return to the Netherlands I’m surprised by the growing amount of overweight people. In Europe there are more and more fast food restaurants opening up. When I was growing up, all we had was McDonalds and Burger King, but now the rest of the unhealthy chains are making their way over the ocean. Obesity, though, is still not a big problem over there. In the south, every time I walk into a restaurant there’s at least 3 people that have tightly squeezed themselves into a booth. Stained covered shirts, because they’re not able to bend over to their food.. I’m not making fun, it just looks so miserable. Although I’m not making fun, I also feel no sympathy for obesity, you’re the one controlling what goes into your mouth every day. Whenever I see people that are overweight at the gym, or are walking outside, I always try to encourage! I understand it feels horrible when everyone gets to see your first steps towards a healthy life, when you’re huffin’ and puffin’ just walking a little faster, but everyone has to start somewhere. People tell me all the time how lucky I am that I have “good genes.” Now that just pisses me off, If I wouldn’t work out everyday and eat whatever the hell I wanted, I would be 200 pounds by the end of the year, easily!
For kids it’s a different story.. Personally, when I see an obese kid, I think it’s child abuse.. the parents are taking away a childhood by letting them eat so many sweets, they’re unable to run and play. I think it’s good that kids are learning about nutrition in school now, but it’s such a strange shift from when I was younger. I guess I was the last generation that didn’t have video games and smart phones. I hear commercials now saying that kids need to be outside for 30-60 minutes a day and be active. When I was younger our moms had a hard time getting us inside and settling us down to go to bed. My moms rule was, you can be outside until the city lights come on and then we’d have to haul butt to the house. In the winter times this was around 5pm, but in the summer time sometimes the lights wouldn’t come on till 10:30! Just another reason I don’t want children, I guess now you can’t get a break from them at all! they’re just inside getting fat and playing video games! 😉