As I was munching on some Gold Fish and looking at the serving size (55 bit size pieces for 140 calories), I thought “we’d all be a lot skinnier if we acted like children“. I don’t know what happens to us as we grow up, but as soon as we supersize our bodies, we feel the need to supersize our food, our spending – and pretty much everything and anything we do – yet we minimize our activity.
What happened to our childlike ways and childlike tastes? As kids we thought a Happy Meals was awesome. Now we want massive meals that scream “I am an adult and I can eat what I want and how much I want“. When we got bored, we figured out ways to entertain ourselves instead of going looking for ways to be entertained. Now we eat, drink, spend and watch stuff for entertainment – rarely actually ‘doing’ anything. Essentially, we do less and eat more.
Let’s look at America’s #1 childhood favorite: McDonalds. A Happy Meal with diet coke is 530 calories or a 4 piece chicken Happy Meal with diet coke is 420. Yet, if you get an adult combo meal, like a quarter pounder with cheese, large fry and a large coke, is 1,320 calories. BIG difference! And there is another big difference – you aren’t going to run around the McDonald’s playground for a half hour afterwards.
Like it or not, you need to start acting like a kid again! You need to get your old-fart lame butt up off the couch, or off the computer, and PLAY! You need to eat smaller meals and think of other ways to entertain yourself rather than eat more and do less. It’s time to act like kids again!