If you’re having a baby, your goal is to live as long as possible to help your child become a productive member of society. It’s rational to start eating healthier, exercising more, and building great wealth. But for some reason, we’re not a very healthy nation with roughly 74% of the American population considered overweight or obese. Neither are we disciplined savers.
Perhaps we can blame subsidized healthcare that doesn’t reward good behavior as the reason we adopt the “ah, screw it give me another cookie” mentality. If the government said I’d save or make $10,000 a year if I was 10 pounds lighter, you better believe your buns of steel I’m going to be 10 pounds lighter!
Or maybe we can blame food and beverage companies who knowingly peddle poison to keep society addicted to their products. Excess sugar is undoubtedly one of the main killers in the world, yet we continue to get bombarded with processed foods just like how Facebook continues to allow fake news to exist all in the name of profits.
I, for one, am not having it anymore once I have a kid. No longer will I selfishly stuff my face with baklava after 8pm. No longer will I spend hours sitting on the couch trying to pound out a post while watching sports. My kid is depending on me!