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Our precious health

Sailosi Batiratu
Sunday, April 19, 2015

IT is hard to understand. And it is even more hard to fathom when it is people who have access to the necessary information who are suffering from non-communicable diseases or NCDs.

Maybe, what makes it hard to eat the right type of food is that along with their access to all the information they need, they are also tested and succumb to the temptation of food because they can afford it. And then the advertising industry churns out ads enticing customers and would-be spenders to buy products not necessarily beneficial to their health.

Some will say it's a question of discipline — the mental type.

If you think about it — food — hard and long enough, you will want some. Also if, through your mind, you tell yourself you've had enough, then you will be content with whatever you've had.

And that, admittedly, is not easy for lots of us. It's so much easier to give in to the tempting aromas and eat more than is good for us.

After all we can burn it off through exercise. At least that's what some say. We all know that getting around to doing it is another story.

Come to think of it, most among us believe in a god. And that one of the divine's greatest gifts, or the greatest, is life itself.

In times of prayer, eternal gratitude is offered to heaven — for life, all that is good, even for things not so good because they are part of a higher plan for our betterment, family, relatives and the list goes on.

That is for prayers which are said. Are prayers also lived, or are they just mere words uttered to impress those who are gathered?

There is a saying that since life is a gift from God, how we live our lives should be our gift to God. How many of our gifts would make the cut?

We have in us a tendency to look with fondness on the past and things associated with it. Maybe we should be more active in revisiting the dietary habits of those who lived one, two or even three generations ago as part of our contribution to the fight against NCDs.

Often, the statement is made that change is inevitable. It's what we do in regards to the change that is our prerogative.

If God gave us life, we now have the monetary means to secure for ourselves a better existence, we have proof that our elders lived a better quality of life, we have access to all the information we need — why are we making all the wrong choices?

Do not only think about it, it's time we all did something about it.

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