If you’re concerned that your homeschool is getting bigger—and that extra weight isn’t coming from textbooks—stay tuned for Home School Heartbeat! Host Mike Farris and his guest discuss the root of our culture’s escalating struggle with obesity.
This week, homeschooling dad Dr. Roger Sayre joins me to discuss the importance of physical education in the homeschooling program. Roger, this is a very timely message. The news is filled with reports on our culture’s growing problem with obesity. Can you shed any light on why this has become such a problem?
Dr. Roger Sayre:
Mike, we sure do have a growing problem! And a lot of people have made a lot money making obesity seem complicated. In essence though, it’s the result of taking in more calories than we burn. God designed the human body to be very efficient, and when there is a surplus of calories, they’re simply shelved for future use. In the history of mankind, never has there been a civilization like ours, where food has been so plentiful and life so easy. As a result, many of us have developed built-in food pantries.
So, what’s the solution? Well, boiled down to the very bottom line, we have to eat less and exercise more. If we burn more calories than we take in, we will lose weight—we have to! But it takes self-discipline and patience, and those are qualities in short supply these days.
Roger, that is a helpful insight. Thanks for joining us today. I’m Mike Farris.