The Price of Convenience

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I wrote this essay for my class on human nutrition, but hopefully it can amuse my fans on deviantART as well. :p


I was watching a show about obesity in children on our Daytona Beach College's PBS station recently (channel fifteen), on which a pediatrician stated that when she was learning her art, she was told that there is no reason to look for type two diabetes in children, because it was almost unheard of. Now, many studies are finding that in the last decade, of the children diagnosed with diabetes, thirty to fifty percent have type two.[1] This is an alarming trend for a disease previously reserved for adults, and must stem from America's unhealthful and excessive diets, sugary drinks such as Coca-Cola and Kool-Aid, fatty foods as served at McDonald's and Burger King, and physical inactivity in American children. Parents who pass on such habits, and the prevailing advertising of unhealthful foods, are also causative factors.

There is more to it than over-eating and lack of exercising routines—modern life is easier and requires less physical activity. Even at the Daytona Beach College campuses, staff often offer to ferry students around on golf carts; a convenience that was not readily available in my grandparents' day. Dusty stairs give way to zooming elevators, Internet-enabled computers give us the capability to do our shopping and banking right from our chair, children choose to play modern video games such as Nintendo's Wii Sports instead of participating in actual sports, our young adults will spend ten minutes scouting out a close parking space at the local Wal-Mart, in their air-cooled cars with automatic shifting and power steering, and the iRobot Roomba, an artificially intelligent, autonomous vacuum cleaner, removes dirt from the floors of over two million households.[2] Another example:  in our house, we do not have a working bathroom—our guests are offended that they have to make the thirty-foot trek to our outside bathroom, which is enclosed, furnished, and heated. In my Grandma's youth, she had to walk one-hundred feet out to a cold, rickety out-house! My, how spoiled our young whipper-snappers are.

So many gym memberships would not be needed if we were busied with the daily chores that have been whisked away by our new, wonderful technology. In our house, we sweep our linoleum, propel our vacuum cleaner, hand-wash our dishes, hang and iron our clothes (though admittedly, we have a drying machine for rainy days, at mom's insistence), chop our wood and burn it in our wood-burning stove for heat, and yes, even walk outside to the bathroom during the cold Florida winters. And we're all the better for it.



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I hope you found that insightful.

I bought an EF 50mm f/1.4 lens for my Canon Rebel XTi camera, and have found it useful for its better sharpness, low-light capability, shallow depth-of-field at the wider apertures, and it's slightly shorter than the kit lens so it fits in my bag better. I'll be posting a lot of photos over my winter break (2007-12-14/2008-01-14), and enrolled in a photography class for my spring term at the newly named Daytona Beach College, which should be fun.
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Whinnie10's avatar
Another reminder of growing obesity in the world. =| Good thing I'm skinny! :heart: ;P

Great job on writing this. =)
richardxthripp's avatar
Thanks, Whinnie. :) You get heavier more easily when you're in your thirties and later, so it isn't good to get a jump-start on the process. :p
Ariykoi's avatar
Hmm... That was pretty interesting.

YES! I absolutely LOVE that lens! :D I got it for myself a while back and I haven't had any faults with it at all, only perfect pictures. :) And with that lens I can see you getting even more amazing shots! =] Good luck with that class! I'm in one right now at college actually. =] It's a film class, so we develop everything, but it's still amazing! I'd like to transfer from here though so I can get a major in Photography, but I'm still thinking about it... :\ Oh well!
richardxthripp's avatar
Good for you! I don't know how much work we'll be doing with film, as this class is just called "Photography I." I like photography, but don't consider it a stable career option... at least not with my current skill level. I like the new lens a lot though; the photos are sharper than the kit lens, and I can take pictures at dawn and dusk without a tripod. The first photo I've posted using it is Flowers of Gold.
MarioGamer99's avatar
Amusing, indeed.
Outside bathroom? Wow.

:P A lot of that holds for me, such as vacuuming and some stuff.
And good luck in the class and congrats on the camera.
richardxthripp's avatar
Thanks! Yeah, it's not an out-house but rather just a normal bathroom that's separate from the house.
MarioGamer99's avatar
Ah. I'll stay with my incorporated bathroom.
richardxthripp's avatar
But you will live in envy of us. :p
MarioGamer99's avatar
Pfft... Just bought a camera three days ago. I wub it.
richardxthripp's avatar
Cool, good for you! Now you can upload 300 self-portraits. :p
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