Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Obesogenic Environment

a Jesus thought...
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking the questions. (Luke 2:46)

a Godly thought...
Assurance for the child of God is characterised by the inner witness of the Spirit and the external testimony of spiritual fruit within the Christian's life. (p171 Webb)

a leading thought...
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. (John Sculley)

a Dave thought...
Individuals cannot take all the blame if they are obese - modern society adds pressure to put on weight, according to a new British report.
The study by government think-tank Foresight called for greater help to counter the "'obesogenic' environment" by designing towns and cities to promote walking and cycling and encouraging people to buy healthier food. "Although personal responsibility plays a crucial part in weight gain, human biology is being overwhelmed by the effects of today's 'obesogenic' environment, with its abundance of energy-dense food, motorised transport and sedentary lifestyles.
Reports are now saying that it would take up to 30 years to change the way we have established the physical environments we live in across the western world. There is also something about having a McDonald's on most corners and less and less visible churches that has resulted in us becoming less healthier physically and spiritually.
50 years ago the Salvos had a strong presence with a corps building in most main streets around Melbourne, now we have half the buildings and mostly in the back streets as fast food outlets and other businesses have moved in. Our biggest presence in the main streets is now Salvos stores and Employment plus, so maybe we have become financially obesogenic like the physical environment we are surrounded by?

Just a thought.

1 comment:

Darren Lamotte said...

It is an interesting thought Dave. At least on a light note I now have another excuse for my ever growing waistline. On a serious note I agree we dont necessarily have the public presence we used to; both building wise and as a movement.
It is worth thinking through.
God Bless