I’m guilty of it all the time – probably every day. I’ve discovered one of my underlying assumptions about life, and I have been wrong.
I have assumed everyone wants to be healthy. But that’s not true!
Research abounds on the lifestyle dimensions important for good health. You know the drill: exercise regularly, eat a variety of healthy foods including fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, drink alcohol sparingly if at all, sleep 7-8 hours a night, manage stress well. How many of us do those behaviors regularly? Research shows that only 3% of us follow 4 of these most important health habits.
I’ve come to the conclusion that most people really don’t care about being healthy. Some do, but most of us want something else more. Convenience, laziness, “hyper-palatable” food, busy-ness, habit – all very good “reasons” for an unhealthy lifestyle.