As a basketball parent, I have been in many local gyms recently, watching basketball games. In all the gyms, there are signs saying no food, no drinks, but they are blatantly ignored. From parents giving cheerios to toddlers, to adults bringing Starbucks or dinner on the go, to kids eating candy, there is a lot of eating going on.
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.