Rat parks, obesity, food, behaviour and connection
Rat parks, obesity, food, behaviour and connection
What can be the connection between these words: Rat Parks, Obesity, Food, Behaviour and Connection?
A rat, left to live in isolation with a choice of water or water laced with cocaine, will always become addicted to the cocaine choice and ultimately die a miserable death.
A rat living in ‘Rat Park’(Reference: Canadian Psychologist Bruce K. Alexander), that is living within a busy community of other rats, with many interesting ‘rat park’ things to occupy its rat mind and much to do together within that community of like-minded rats, will choose the water rather than the water laced with cocaine. There will be no addiction and hardly any cocaine consumption. Rat Parks, like human communities, based on worthy purpose, are the way for a rat to live a fulfilling life and not fall prey to addiction.
With that ground-breaking research in mind, let’s consider the man-made global obesity pandemic that has overrun the health of humanity in a single generation.
Everyone knows that obesity has become a significant problem from both a health and a cost point of view. Few would be aware of the extent of the problem and the speed of the upward trajectory of the problem. Here are some telling stats from the (June 2017) Gates Foundation funded research, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine:
More than 10% of the global population is now not merely overweight, they are obese (Obese = a Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30; overweight is in the 25 – 29 BMI range)
In the past 30 years obesity (1980 – 2015) has doubled in 73 of the 195 countries surveyed. An amazing statistic! This is a devastating legacy of this generation
Obesity rates amongst children are rising faster in many countries than the adult equivalent. There are currently 108 million obese children in the world. This does not augur well for the next generation. These children are set up for a myriad of chronic devastating illnesses and diseases, and a lifetime of struggling against their physiological ‘normal’ if they want to reduce their weight
The USA, or the proclaimed ‘Global Super Power’, had the largest percentile increase in body mass over the 30-year period to a stunning 26.5% of their population in the obese range, with an equally stunning and profoundly disturbing 12.5% of children rating as obese (up from 5% in 1980). Super obese, super power
Egypt, the land of the Pyramids, topped the highest number of obese adults with 35% of all adults in the obese range; clearly the special intelligence that designed and built those pyramids is no longer part of the Egyptian way
No country in the world has reduced obesity or overweight levels during the thirty years under survey. Not one.
Prophetically, the fastest rises of obesity during the period came from Africa, China and the Middle East
In China, a country that boasts the largest population in the world, there was a fivefold increase from 1% to 5% during this thirty-year period (which translates into 70 million people!
Africa, known for producing some truly great athletes, achieved gold, gold and gold for the three fastest increases in obesity via the ‘accomplishments’ of Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea-Bissau
The good news, if you are a shareholder in big pharma, is that some (wealthier) countries used medication to counter the premature deaths caused by obesity, such that, using medications, the obesity disease burden reduced in a few countries (led by the USA)
Commentators point the finger to the food and drink we consume. Lack of exercise and the boom in the tech-driven sedentary lifestyle is probably a secondary factor; but it is food that rightly has the spotlight.
The marketing departments of the largely irresponsible food industry have done a great job peddling nutrient-poor, processed foods at tantalising price points driven by profit, regardless of the social cost and with little respect for the absolute truth.
The population of each country is becoming addicted to processed foods that drive obesity; there is probably a direct collation between the growth of obesity and the roll out of manufactured, processed foods that are based on sugar and grains. We have assumed that the mechanisms that drive addiction are based on the addictive nature of sugar, the ridiculous ease of access to these foods, the desirable taste combination of sugar with salt and the compulsive nature of advertisements that are deliberately contrived to grab the minds of children and remain with them into their adulthood.
However, the rat experiments mentioned at the opening of this article point to a deeper and more concerning trigger for addiction and one that is rarely, if ever mentioned in the world of nutrition science:
Is addiction simply the consequence of unhappy, disconnected souls and therefore the problem is not primarily one of physical addiction but of behaviour and about a deep human need for connection and purpose, unmet by a fragmented and broken society?
Aside from the cunning of the food industry’s marketing executives and the gross irresponsibility of the food corporations (generating a seemingly endless supply of harmful foods and drinks) generally, surely it is time to ask why it is that we humans, the so-called intelligentsia of the animal world, are prepared to create the seemingly insatiable demand for these food products that drive obesity?
No demand, no supply – it is basic economics
We consume ill foods (and much else) because we have lost a connection to purpose. We have buried our sense of self-awareness and the all-knowing sixth sense.
Instead of purposeful living we pursue meaningless pastimes (sports, novels, crosswords, puzzles, gaming, gambling, mindless media, meaningless hobbies that do not serve a greater purpose, etc).
Most importantly, we lack connection to others – true connection, rather than the thin veneer of connection via social media ‘friends and followers’ or similar. We lack ‘in the flesh’ connection of genuine friends and communities. We miss working together purposefully with those communities.
Can the demand of ill foods by humans be because we have lost our connection to purpose and our connection to meaningful, active and purposeful communities?
Without that connection and purpose we are sitting ducks for the marketing departments of the largely irresponsible food corporations. When we do begin to develop this connection, we have so much more to live for than stimulation from food. We connect to our innermost essence, which guides us to lead purposeful, joyful lives where we naturally, without effort or discipline, make choices that support our wellbeing and that of our universe.
It is time to re-set Rat Park for humans – as it was according to The Ageless Wisdom, eons ago.
It is never about food and always about behaviour.
It is about energetic responsibility; the food industry does not bring forth energetic responsibility.
If humanity does not change its behaviour, what will those obesity statistics look like over the next thirty years? Imagine if India (population 1.3 billion) and China (population 1.4 billion) ‘achieve’ obesity-super-power status (26% obese people) that the USA has achieved (so far) during the past thirty years? Or imagine collective Asia and the sub-continent even attaining ‘top of the class’ 35% adult obesity that the Egyptians have ‘achieved’?
Whilst nutrition and the food industry are not specifically mentioned in this audio, it is worth listening to Serge Benhayon commenting on the devastation caused by corruption and abuse of ‘intelligence’, which applies directly to what has been happening within the food chain.
What kind of intelligence fuels corruption
Why do we misuse our intelligence to cause harm?