My two favorite were Superman and Batman. As corny as the shows were, the “good guys” always displayed valor, honor, integrity, compassion and commitment while fighting “EVIL” to protect mankind. Do you remember how their physical presentation added even greater “strength” to the characters they portrayed?
Looking at them from today’s perspective, their costumes rather than their physical realities created the illusion their strength superseded all mortal men. The truth is, they were two men that fit the physical profile, HEALTHY.
As society has undergone its transition from the 1950’s to 2016, we have lost much of the physical charisma our superheroes possessed and replaced it with an unfortunate manifestation of a new reality. Whether it’s cartoon drawings, action play figures or people dressing up as superheroes, our new reality looks like this:
This is the reality 1 out of 3 American’s face today. This number increase to 2 out of 3 if we include those simply overweight. We are making this physical state of existence an acceptable new norm. This is a dangerous precedent to establish because MOST people becoming obese develop serious health complications from disease (diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, gall bladder disease, stroke, etc…) as well as structural loss of integrity and function (osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, spinal disc disease, etc…)
These are the cartoons, toys and people our children interact with and experience. They may not be dressed up as super heroes, but their disproportionate size and functional difficulties create impressions on our children. If this is the environment they’re raised in, this becomes a very “normal existence.” Children do not have the maturity to intellectually understand the ramifications living an obese lifestyle typically causes. As adults, it become our responsibility to make certain we teach and guide our children to understand the components in life they must follow to increase their chances to live a healthy life.
UNFORTUNATELY, MANY ADULTS ARE NOT ACCEPTING THIS RESPONSIBILITY!