Why do humans choose sickness over health

With lifestyle diseases increasing and the burden on societies becoming greater every year, why is it that we chose to be sick? Of course not everyone does, but look at the data, the government attempts to support health yet still we smoke, imbibe lots of alcohol and do no or minimal exercise.

But we choose this way of living, each day making a conscious decision to eat crappy highly processed foods, smoke addictive tobacco, and move less than the average lettuce. Why do the great majority choose this path through life?

Time is a great healer but also health over time changes slowly and so we don’t recognise change. A simple calculation days that if you overeat by 20 KCal daily from 20-50 that’s where the belly fat comes from. Taking average consumption figures we eat and drink over 500 KCal per day too much.

Lack of movement and smoking and lack of daylight are harbingers of doom and will kill you and make you very sick. Government warnings to not smoke, move more and get outside are mostly just hot air to most who would prefer a lazy, sickening lifestyle to one which a healthy active and alive.

Question remains why do intelligent humans chose poorly, conscious decisions to get sick. A great t-shirt would say #ichoosesickness because it is a choice. We can help ourselves and we can do better with small changes. Start with movement it’s the easiest. Move away from highly processed foods and reduce smoking. In the end these are personal choices but why chose to be sick? That makes no sense at all


Published by Dai Roberts Triathlon

Health and performance focused professional triathlon and running coach since 2010. Coaching runners since 2001. European AG champion and world championships AG bronze medalist. BEMER specialist and Independent Distributor. Coaching runners and triathletes of all ages from youth to world championships level. I trained under the IRONMAN coaching program alongside the US MASTERS swimming, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field program as well as UK Athletics. Lifelong learning, athlete centered and successful. Retired UK Military after 32 years service.

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