Last week the Daily Mail featured a mind-boggling story about Stacey, a 17-year old girl, who eats ONLY Chicken McNuggets and McDonald’s french fries. Ever since her mother introduced her to this food at the age of 2, she has been addicted. The article points out that while she has been told this diet is bad for her, she will not change. Well, she just collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. This may just be the wake-up call this 17-year-old girl needs.
The article notes that despite the quantity and quality of food she is eating, she still remains thin. She is 17, after all. We all suspect that this will not remain the case if she continues to eat this way into her adult life– if she even makes it there. What I see here are 2 things:
1) Fast food is unhealthy. Regardless of whether we become overweight from it or not (which most people do,) it is just not healthy. Three meals of this food a day provide this young lady with 1/3 times more fat and double the salt that is recommended daily.
2) She is very malnourished. Without balance in her diet, there is no way she is getting all of the nutrients she needs.
This reminds me of a book titled “Change or Die.” I haven’t read it yet, but a friend recommended it to me. In it, the author asks if people would actually make the changes they need if their lives were at stake. It turns out, many people don’t change when faced with this decision. They actually would choose to die. It seems Stacey might just fall into this category. Let’s hope for her sake that she starts to listen to her body, and makes a change for life.
How about you? Would you rather change or die?