I currently work for a very corporate company and in a recent meeting my boss was mentioning business ethics. Of course this concept is everywhere these days. Go to any true corporate website and you will most surely find a page dedicated to informing you of their corporate responsibility. Nowadays, as a society, we highly value a company that can not only make billions in revenue but also abide by ethical standards. Of course how transparent these companies are is to be debated. I am not going to get into that here. What I will say is why aren’t we taught human responsibility? And no I’m not talking about spending $1.00 a day to save a child’s life in a third world country. Is it too much to ask to save your own? What I gather is that it is corporate’s responsibility to do right by us and its our individual respnsibility to….to take care of everyone else??? Now don’t get me wrong; I am a hippie at heart and love humanitarianism (my dream has always been to be an attorney that practices international human rights law for refugees), however, how on earth are you able to take care of someone else if you are not properly taking care of yourself?
OK. So where am I going with this? Ethics needs to be retaught. We need to learn the ethics of doing right by our bodies. We are all caught up in what we need to do for others or what others are doing around us that we completely neglect our selves. If becoming diabetic has taught me anything it is that I MUST TAKE CARE OF MY HEALTH. FOR ME. NO EXCUSES. And then for everyone else. It’s just like how the mother should put the oxygen mask on first and then proceed to save her children. You can’t do anything if your body and health are not right. I am a mom so this really hits home with me.
Take a look at this: in this month’s Diabetes Forecast Magazine I read “Type 1 diabetes is on the rise, according to researchers who studied 20 years of data on Philadelphia children up to age 14. The frequency of diabetes diagnoses rose by a third in all kids…In kids under age 4, the rate of diabetes diagnoses rose by 70 percent” 70 percent!!!!! It then goes on to say, “The researchers aren’t sure why diabetes may be increasing at such a rate in younger children.” (Are you kidding me? You can’t even postulate that it has something to do with our incorrect food pyramid, carelsssly promoted processed foods and lack of play?) And children are not the only ones being diagnosed Type 1. I am proof. The number of adults being diagnosed has also increased.
I’m not here to preach but why aren’t we making a change? We value ethics so how is it so easy in one sentence to say that a disease has risen 70 percent but then write it off by saying we don’t know why this is happening. The answer is right in front of us. Let’s start focusing on our selves. Focus on what we are eating instead of chalking it up to “I had a stressful day so it’s ok” or “The food pyramid says so” and how we are moving/exercising instead of “I’m too tired” or “this is just my body type.” Let’s also teach our children, the new generation, the ethics of nutrition and taking care of their bodies so that living a satisfying life doesn’t just come from good grades and becoming some well-to-do company man. Have your own personal mission statement and begin by taking a minute to look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable. Because in the end you know it is the right thing to do.