I used to teach PE and health at a K through 8 charter school here in Phoenix. When I was talking to the kids about health, I talked to them about the whole notion of inherited diseases. Namely diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, things like that. The topic of this particular class was heredity. I was trying to tell them that when we think heredity we think of genetics. You know, “I have diabetes because my father had diabetes” or “I have high blood pressure because my mom had high blood pressure.” But I was trying to tell these kids at an early age that part of the reason that diseases are inherited is because you've inherited the way your parents ate and the way they lived their lives.
I said if your parents didn't exercise, and they were couch potatoes, and you didn't understand the value of exercise, or health and fitness, that you inherited their way of thinking. I said you eat the food that you eat because they ate that food. You like the way it was seasoned because that’s they way they seasoned their food. I know in my family a salt shaker was just like an extension of your hand and salt just kind of went on your food automatically. So again when we think of heredity, we don't often think that reason we like the foods that we like and the way the food is prepared is because that's the way our parents liked it. As a result, the way food is prepared gets passed down generationally, and all the bad health problems passes down with it.
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