Ban Eating, like Banning Smoking
Original post made by Trying Hard on Jan 12, 2008
Now, this has set me thinking. We have a problem of obesity and it appears that for the length of a basketball game, we can't stop eating.
We have working breakfasts, working lunches, late night working pizza nights, snacks for sports, cakes for birthdays, doughnuts for meetings, treats for star of the week. It seems that no matter what we do, food is involved. We don't seem to be able to watch a sport, watch a movie, get into our car, without food or snacks in abundance.
We must change our attitudes and realise that food is not a status symbol, but a quiet daily necessity. Let's bring back meal times and eat. Let's have no meetings at meal times, and I don't just mean business meetings. Let's ban food from places the same way we ban smoking. Let's not have food at our desks, in our cars, in front of our tvs (and ban tvs from our dining rooms).
Food has become a problem. It is everywhere in abundance and is becoming a huge problem for us all. If you don't do it for yourself, do it for the next generation.
on Jan 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm
The way to eliminate team snacks is to eliminate team mothers. As a long time soccer coach, I simply gave up on trying to make the team moms understand that they are hurting their kids by always rewarding them with snacks after practice and games. The problem, I think, is that women see food as emotional nourishment; the dads were never a problem, in fact thay thought it was completely unnecessay. The moms always won the argument.
When I was a youth soccer player, my mom was too busy at home to even attend most games or any practices. That simple fact probably saved me from a life of obesity.
on Jan 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm
As the mother of kids who need exercise more than they need food, I can see the after game snacks from both perspectives. I have one in basketball at present where there are no snacks by agreement. The kids leave the game after the coach has dismissed them, and there is no comeraderie and the team is just a group of boys. On the other hand, I have seen teams of kids sitting down together munching their snack and getting to know each other apart from the sport. Friendships are definitely made in these 15 minute sessions and teams become team mates.
I have seen something similar happen when one coach gave out baseball cards to players at the end of practices. The boys open their cards, trade, joke, and the win/lost game is quickly forgotten.
So it isn't just the food that is needed at the end of the games, but more the friendship. Maybe, as suggested, we can get away from all the snacks and replace them with something else. Baseball cards maybe a possibility, but the time spent is what is valuable.
on Jan 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm
Interesting. If one travels, one finds that most of the people in other cultures are not compulsively munching at sporting or other entertainment events.
That said, the very pace of American life mitigates against the requirements you suggest. Americans will be slowing down, and gaining perspective, as American hegemony is beginning to wane.
Soon, within 3-4 generations, we will begin to gain more perspective about life, realize that we should "work to live", instead of "live to work". This will be a slow change, but it will happen.
Obesity, stress, compulsive aggregation of material goods, etc. - all these are symptoms of a people obsessed with material gain at any cost - a cost that is no longer sustainable.
Old habits die hard...