Today’s post is going to be another one of those interviews where I, er, interview myself. The topic is when we can expect the epidemic to be a thing of the past (easy theme, that…). Let’s get stuck in.
Q: So, let’s jump straight in. When do you think obesity will be no more?
A: Don’t know. Could be a while. Depends.
Q: On what exactly?
A: On many things, such as how much longer we are going to allow the junk food industry to market and sell their garbage to children, families, etc, and things like when we wise up generally to issues like the importance of eating healthy and organic food free of pesticides, preservatives, steroids, antibiotics and lord knows what else, when we stress much less than we do today, when we create a more equal society, when we take care of our children much better, when we integrate physical activity into our everyday lifestyles, when we stop polluting the planet, when the whole world is at peace, when we place much greater emphasis on prevention as opposed to giving drugs or surgically operate on those with already quite severe illness, when we stop photoshopping already ridicuously slim models, when captain Haddock stops drinking whiskey, when…
Q: Alright, steady on, I get it. So, you think it might be a while then?
A: Possibly, but I am going to stick my neck out a little here and say that it could be much quicker than people think, say 2-3 decades, or possibly even less.
Q: To do all those things you mentioned? Surely not.
A: It obviously remains to be seen, but I would not be so pessimistic. We could actually be close to some kind of tipping point where enough people are getting utterly fed up with the whole mess – runaway mega food corporations that want to own everything (including the earth’s supply of water), pollution, out-of-kilter lifestyles, debt, dysfunctional health policies, inequality that went from bad to worse etc – that this current situation kickstarts a lot of energy to do things in a much better and more balanced way.
Q: Are you suggesting some kind of overnight revolution, or something…
A: Not really, but I definitely see better things ahead, although the whole process could be likened to a massive ocean liner that needs to change course. It’s not going to happen overnight, but the intention to change – really change – can be a much quicker thing. Once the intention is there, then good things will start to happen in a more concrete way.
Q: Can you give an example?
A: OK. Basically much of our economy is founded on oil, and this is still so (which is pretty embarrassing), but people are obviously realizing that renewable energy is making so much more sense. So, we have the intention to change the old way of doing things to something infinitely better (the oil industry might not agree here though), but we need to get to grips with the new system, to get it on-line and working, if you like. Just like oil needs to go, so does junk food, stress, inequality, debt and sedentary lifestyles. There probably needs to be more awareness among the general population just how harmful those listed things are, but more and more people are waking up and want a change. Awareness is key, and it is growing, especially in social media, less so in mainstream media.
Q: Where do you see changes happening quickly, and where will it be more slow?
A: I think North America and Europe will struggle the most, simply because the environment is so obesogenic there, and will therefore take longer to change than Asia and Latin America, for example, where the epidemic is much less established. Both Europe and North America are mustering more and more powerful initiatives to counter the epidemic, however, so let’s hope that improvements in those regions do not take too long.
Q: Yawn, I am out of questions. Anything else?
A: Next time I get to ask the questions.
Erik * 2
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