Gluttony….now that’s a mouth full.
It’s not a new problem, you know. But it is much more prevalent. Take a walk down any street…worst yet, visit a medical office or a hospital for proof in the pudding. Or is it from the pudding. Moses Maimonides (A.D. 1135-1204) stated, ‘Most illnesses which befall man arise either from bad food or from immoderate indulgence in food, even of the wholesome kind’. Impressive, huh. A concern even then. Did he shop at Whole Foods or go totally organic. At any rate, in 1593 or thereabouts, George Herbert wrote, “Gluttony kills more than the sword”. I think so…statistically around 2.5 million die per year. Not all from eating Twinkies or Snicker bars, no doubt, but still a big number, don’t you think? More recently, Henry Ford, 1930, said, ” Intemperate eating kills more people than tobacco and alcohol because it is the most widespread fault….If people knew how to eat properly they would retain their youthful resiliency much longer.” Ford died when he was 84, still a thin man. Outlived the average by many years.
I won’t quote anything from more recent times….no need, the picture is clear. We’re gluttons. A pity. What can we do? In my view, simple: Give up bagged, boxed, packaged food. Sugar is the national enemy. Fast Food—-how about once a week. Soda with sugar…gag…..
Okay, a boring subject for some but then…
So let’s be gluttons…how about for words or good deeds. Write a lot more…eat less. I’m trying.
Cheers….for the effort…..