Today people seem to want everything instantly! Have you noticed the hurry-up/quick atmosphere we live in? What affect is this “Microwave Society” to our health and wellness? The Urban Dictionary defines microwave society as “the mindset of wanting (and nearly getting) everything “right now”.
Many people feel they don’t have the time to prepare a meal. They resort to fast food, take-out orders, supermarket deli’s, frozen foods and boxed foods. If they can’t purchase it, their family doesn’t eat it.
With the increased consumption of prepared foods, which contain preservatives, high sodium, high fats and sugars; health conditions are on a dramatic rise. 50 million Americans are overweight, 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic, childhood obesity is on the rise, and cancer rates are rapidly increasing.
The “Microwave Society” is about everything being fast and easy with little to no regard for their future health and well-being taking into consideration. Our eating habits are not the only factor affected by the “Microwave Society”, many state they don’t have time to exercise! In reality, “you don’t have time to not exercise.” This form of lifestyle is also having adverse effects on our self-image/self-esteem, when we don’t take the time for self-care our physical and mental condition deteriorates.
Exercise is not only good for the body but also great for the mind. Exercise helps control weight, lower diabetes (US residents 65 and older 26.9% have diabetes, people younger than 20 years of age 215,000 have diabetes), increase circulation (5.8 million people in the US have heart failure), lower cholesterol (16.3% US population has high cholesterol), increases your lung capacity, help control your blood pressure (31/3% of US adults has high blood pressure), and lowers your stress level which will improve your sleep.
Stress is responsible for 70-80% of the disease in America! 75-90% of all doctor office visits are stress related ailments or conditions which has an adverse effect on our sleep pattern. When we lack sleep we tend to respond to issues differently than when we are rested, which then trigger additional stress in our lives.
Dan Rather states, “We have a sleep crisis, it is no longer a priority for the average American.” 80 to 90% of people say they don’t get enough sleep.
The “Microwave Society” also has an adverse effect on the families. Families don’t take the time to eat their evening meals together, converse about their day, making the meal an enjoyable family experience. This brings less communication as a family which in turn brings about a higher stress level in the household.
We need to get back to the basics, bring a balance back into our lives. Focus on the what, more than the what if; and experience life as a journey rather than a series of ending points or a marathon.
We all need to step back and analysis what we are doing to our body, our health and our families in “Today’s Microwave Society”. What lifestyle changes can you make to improve your health and wellness which will enable you to lead a fuller life?
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” ` B. Olatunji
(Statistics used from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)