A healthy lifestyle is more than just buying a treadmill

MesaCC Legend

The Official Student Newspaper of Mesa Community College


A healthy lifestyle is more than just buying a treadmill

Leslie Philip

A new revelation some may find hard to swallow, is that science is proving the old saying, “you are what you eat.”The American dream is to have a cookie cutter house in the suburbs, 2.5 children and a dog named Fido.

It now includes living a fast food lifestyle. The average American family has to eat, right? So, why not grab a cheeseburger with a side of fries and a chocolate shake to go.

America! Stop speeding through the fast food lanes late at night! It’s not enough to just exercise, and it’s not enough to just cut the meal full of lard in half. You have to make a lifestyle change.

Obesity is now a bigger health problem. Partly because Americans work sedentary jobs while eating a high calorie diet, and partly because people are smoking less.

You have to want to change the pesky bad habits that tell you to super-size your order.

You have to push through that little voice in your head that says, “just quit, you can try again tomorrow.”

If you quit now, then you’ll quit the next day and so on, until you’re too big to fit on the airplane with the passengers and instead, have to be stowed in the cargo hold.

What will happen when the human population has reached Titanic size and there are no more sizes to go up?

That is what will happen unless people start taking exercise and healthful living more seriously.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a necessity in our diets because they are high in fish oils and un-saturated fat, but over the last year alone, our diets have shifted to omega-6 fatty acids high in soybean oils and saturated fat.

Junk food and fast food are also included in saturated fats and when these fats are hydrogenated they are known as trans-fats and are poisonous.

The fact still remains that, though people are aware of what is in trans-fat foods, America is still consuming them.

If we are what we eat, Americans are ground beef and potatoes.

If the nation continues on down the path of ingesting fast food, not exercising, and putting strain on their hearts, then we have just given ourselves a death sentence.

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