Are US Corporations to Blame
Saturday, September 22, 2018
After the past couple of days, where I've been forcefully glued to my laptop without so much of the ability to even grab a bottle of water or a bathroom break, I've begun to really believe that corporate America might be one of the culprits of obesity in the United States.
Let's take a look with just my own job:
1) I'm working extremely long hours:
Due to the extremely long hours, the ability to make it to the gym or to even slip in an exercise video or walk around the block is nearly impossible. There have been days where I'm stuck in front of the computer for upwards of 19 to 21 hours, leaving me feeling lethargic, exhausted, and even physically ill for days, even weeks, afterward.
2) Lunch periods are short or, at times, non-existent
Many Americans receive anywhere between 30 to 60 minute lunch breaks, with many in white-collar positions being forced to eat at their desks while they try to even complete tasks during that time. Due to this, the fast food industry has blossomed due to the overwhelming need for those who only have a few minutes to grab a bite to eat before returning to their jobs, or continuing at their desks. Or, plopping a sodium and preservative laden frozen convenience meal into a microwave.
3) We don't take breaks
Just as not taking a lunch is detrimental, so is not taking a break. Not having the ability to just walk away for even five minutes to shut down the chatter of work in the head causes fatigue and stress overloads, that it diminishes our ability to perform at our peak.
There are more, but what is the solution? Other countries like Germany, Sweden, and Denmark have actually enacted laws that protect the people, like limiting the number of hours workers are allowed to work in a day (like 35 hour limit in Germany, plus no email after work policy in France). Plus, fast food is not a thing in European countries. Lunch hours are meant to go home and relax, and actually have a healthy meal. Their lunch is what we have for our supper. And what we have for our lunch is what they have for their supper.
Yes, as you can see. Corporate America does hold a huge portion of blame. But part of it is on us for not putting our foot down either. But what do we do? I have no idea.