The Meals that Kill

It is inevitable that everyone will die one day. Human beings are mortal. Everyone is subject to death.

Many have asked, “When will I die?” According to the bible, “the years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty...” (Psalm 90:10). Then the follow-up question is, “How will I die?” Even with cancer, murder, and vehicular deaths on the rise, people have more control over “the how and when” than they realize.

There’s a preventable method of dying that has increased at a substantial rate over the past few years: eating too much! Americans are dying at an alarming rate from overeating. Most would rather sugar coat this statement because it’s too hard to grasp that someone can actually die from eating too much. Therefore, if you want to put a little sugar on it (which is in itself unhealthy), it is politically correct to say that people are dying from obesity-related complications.

A prime example of the effects of this epidemic is the increase in the eating of junk food. Grab bags of chips, sodas and candy bars are stocked at every checkout line, vending machine, and corner store. Eating junk food alone is one of the main contributing factors to the development of certain cancers. The body desires and needs certain vitamins and minerals to function properly. However, when you eat a poor diet, you severely impair the body’s ability—its immune system—to fight off toxins and diseased cells. As a result, those cells can become cancerous.

It’s just like playing dominos without a winner. Eating too much of the wrong foods lead to obesity; obesity leads to other medical conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Unfortunately, these conditions can ultimately lead to a preventable death. Therefore, overeating is literally killing people. Type II Diabetes and heart disease has increased and surprisingly asthma has been at the top of the list. One in 3 Americans born after 2000 will contract diabetes. The number is lowered to 1 in 2 in minorities.

Who would choose to die like this? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 300,000 adult deaths in the United States each year are attributable to unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity or sedentary behavior.  

It is time for all people to adopt a 3-E plan of action to live a more active and healthy life. The 3 E’s are: EDUCATE, EAT WISE, AND EXERCISE. It is important to educate yourself on the risks taken when you choose to eat the wrong foods. Find out your personal need for the intake of vitamins, minerals, and water. After you do your research and consult with your doctor, eat the right foods and get moving. It’s simple; it’s realistic; and, it’s a lifestyle change.

Camela Douglass, M.S. ED., C.P.T. is an Educator, Life Coach, and Fitness Enthusiast. She is the founder and C.E.O. of Mo Better Me Lifestyle Change Program in Columbus, Ohio. For booking info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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