You can definitely have too much of the sweet life, as we are now seeing with the reports into the damaging effects of sugar addiction in the west. Sugary soft drinks are largely responsible for much of the obesity epidemic inflating our children. Fat kids sitting around peering into countless screens on their phones and devices. Mesmerised by the pixels and the sugar rush flooding their bloodstream. Worried parents prefer to have their children safe under the protection of their expensive homes. Meanwhile, however, these kids are not exploring the bush, not climbing things, nor riding their bikes, but sitting at home on the couch eating sugary foods and zoning out on digital media. Human society is addicted to sugar and the sedentary lifestyle, especially our kids.
Raising Unhealthy Children
We are raising unhealthy kids, whilst we focus our attention on paying off huge investments in the property values of the family home. Parents are working hard, both mum and dad working full time jobs to pay off the mortgage, especially in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Meanwhile, our children are ensconced on the sofa or in their bedrooms, expressing their childhood as couch potatoes in front of digital screens. They are not getting enough exercise, as they either catch buses or get picked up from school by parents worried about child sex offenders roaming the streets. Very few kids walk to school or home from school in the 21C.
People Gobble Them Down Quickly
Parents take easy options after working hard all day and buy fast food for the family for meals. These McDonalds, KFC, Hungry Jacks, Pizza etc options are full of fat, sodium, and sugar. These fast foods are designed to make people want to eat more of them. They are squashy and lack texture, which enables people to gobble them down quickly. They are accompanied by large sized cups of Coke and Sprite, which are packed with sugar. The desserts are full of sugar too. Very little (sometimes none at all) on these fast food menus can be nutritionally recommended.
The Perfect Storm is Sugar & the Sedentary Lifestyle
Some say, well, we have been eating these things for years and the sky hasn’t fallen in. The perfect storm, however, is the combination of a sedentary lifestyle with high sugar and high fat diets. Children are meant to be burning energy and calories through their fast-paced active lifestyles. Playing sports and finding adventure in the natural environment, but that is not happening for thousands of kids around Australia and throughout the western world.