Research: Less TV? Why Staying Active is Important!
It really should not be surprising news that scientists writing for the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that there is now sufficient research to confirm a direct association between prolonged television watching and increased risk of Type II diabetes and heart disease, and is a threat to mortality.
Translation: the more we sit and watch TV, the greater the chances we will be sick and die at an earlier age. The important questions we need to ask are, “How did we get this way?” and “What are we going to do about it?”
As a 60s child I was told that the 1,000-year rule of the Roman Empire ended when Romans became fat and lazy, outcomes we were to avoid. Is there some truth to those admonitions?
We have cars, computers, the internet, remotes, cell phones and videogames, and in less than 100 years have gone from a hard working rural Agrarian society to a sedentary Suburban society.
What is the reward for our inactivity? An outrageous epidemic of obesity and poor health now threatens to undermine decades of increasing longevity in America.
How can you stay active and be healthy?
Do activities that you enjoy, and you will be more likely to keep doing them year around. Fishing, crafts, hunting, gardening, and yard work keep us busy and less likely to be “snacking.”
Try new activities! Take a hike at the Noxubee Refuge, ride a bike around your neighborhood, walk around Humphrey Coliseum, take a grandchild to the Sportsplex and kick a soccer ball, throw a football or softball in your backyard, or play a new sport like Ultimate Frisbee or Geocaching, for something different.
Stay hydrated with water! You need 8 or more glasses of water daily, especially before meals. Otherwise we may snack because we are thirsty.
More and more research indicates that kids need at least an hour of vigorous but safe play time, and have their TV watching limited to two hours per day.
The biblical account states that after God placed Adam in the garden he created in Eden, He filled it with, “every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food,” and scientists similarly believe that early men were food gatherers. Either way, our bodies were designed for movement. So explore our community and God’s creation today. You and your body will be glad you did!
Rob Leach, DC, MS, FICC, CHES
To read more about Type II diabetes, heart disease, all cause mortality and their association with TV watching: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21673296
Watch a short video by the US Centers for Disease Control that briefly reviews some of the causes of the present obesity epidemic, and how it is a major preventable factor in disease: http://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/ObesityEpidemic
Find out about the new activity called Geocaching: http://www.geocaching.com
Read about information from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how safe play and hiking areas have an impact on activity levels of children, and can even reduce medical costs: http://www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/product.jsp?id=72396
Ancestral men were food gatherers or “hunter-gatherers” according to scientists, who believe that about 10,000 years ago farming gradually began to replace this activity throughout the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter-gatherer
Genesis 2:8-9 gives the biblical account of the Adam and Eve initially functioning as food gatherers:
http://bibleresources.bible.com/passagesearchresults.php?passage1=Genesis+2&version=9 although the biblical account later acknowledges that they became farmers, being displaced from the garden and told to till the ground (Genesis 3:23):