Gluttony is a sin—and it STEALS lives

Here in America, we live in abundance…

More abundance than the world has ever seen.

Yet, what do we choose to do with it?

Become gluttons!

And it’s actually costing us our LIVES…

Something is amiss

Last I checked, gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins. But some of us revel in it.

And no, I don’t just mean with food.

We also have a virtually endless supply of medications, vaccinations, life-saving surgeries (and elective surgeries), water, and clean air… pretty much everything a country needs for supporting good, healthy lifestyles.

So, why are Americans living shorter lives? And why are we spending increasingly less time living in good health?

(I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live longer if those later years are spent in an exorbitantly expensive nursing home.)

What’s intolerable to me is the rising prevalence—often among younger generations—of life-altering conditions, like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and substance-use disorders.

Because that means the period of life spent not being healthy is getting longer and longer… and the societal impact of this will be enormous.

For one, who will pay for all of these sick people? How many people won’t be able to work during some of their most productive years? And what about the emotional toll on not only the sick individual, but for those in their social network?

Your future CAN be bright

Let’s take a quick step back…

Your health span looks at the number of years living free from disease or disability.  

And people need to understand that developing a chronic health condition takes more than a physical toll. Not only does it impact your health span… it actually reduces life satisfaction more than losing a job or spouse.  

Yet, close to one-third of U.S. adults suffer from multiple chronic conditions. (No wonder many folks don’t reach those golden years they dream about!)

So, how can we turn this boat around?

Well, as a Reality Health Check reader, you’re off to a great start. You should also consider subscribing to my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter. (Not yet a member? Scroll down to learn about becoming one—just look for the red button below.)

I even post videos so you can physically see what I preach and do. (Check them out on YouTube and Instagram.)

Because the bottom line is, healthy lifestyle choices drive the vast majority of good health. I’m talking about:

  • Physical health inputs, like exercise, nutrition, rest and recovery
  • Mental and emotional inputs, like stress management, a sense of purpose, and community support
  • Environmental inputs, like reducing toxin exposure and improving air quality

The good news is, it’s never too late to begin. And even small changes go a long way.

So, what can you start implementing into your life consistently to pave the way to a brighter future? Think about it.

Source:

“Your Healthspan Is as Important as Your Lifespan—and It’s Declining.” The Wall Street Journal, 01/17/2024. (wsj.com/health/wellness/americans-unhealthy-chronic-disease-3f35c9f5)


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