Having been a three sport athlete since middle school and putting my body though different types of training, food and healthy eating is always something I have paid attention to. However, after going through different health issues and having many different sports related injuries in high school we found out that my body was not keeping different vitamins and proteins as it should. This lead to having to take many different supplements to maintain a regular diet and get what my food couldn't keep from foods. After watching A Place At The Table and seeing how food insecure families are sometimes forced to eat I am taken back by how awful their bodies must feel.
Not only does it bring to mind how their bodies must feel, but the number of health implications they may deal with due to lack of vitamins and protein. In the film Rosie talked about how tired she felt at times even though she would eat and the mother of the two young children had many different problems with her sons health and development. Although this concept is not something new and we're all aware of the food insecure problems, it still baffles me every time it's discussed. Thinking about the lack of neutrition these people receive makes me think in some ways that our society may take advantage of different supplements and vitamins.
With having to take many different vitamins and protein supplements myself years ago I understand how important they may be for people who need them. But I definitely think our society can misuse them in various ways. Now that I do not have to sustain a regular diet with help of many vitamins I try to keep myself just as healthy by diet only. When knowing there are people and families out there who could really use the help of vitamins to sustain a healthy lifestyle I find myself easily upset by people who misuse vitamins exchanging them in place of food (when not used for health reasons). Don't get me wrong, I enjoy protein shakes as much as the next person after a good workout. But I do feel on some ways our society could better manage vitamin use when there are people who could greatly benefit from but may not have access to them.
My question now to all of you, Do you feel our society may misuse vitamin intakes when we could better use the food available to use (and plan food intake a little better) to keep our bodies healthy? How might we better use vitamins and supplements? Is there a way to help those who do not have access to vitamins and necessary supplements to get such resources?