Darwinism involves an evolutionary perspective of human evolution where genetics are passed down based on an individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce. When Charles Darwin published this theory in his book On the Origin of Species in 1859, the majority human traits advantageous for natural selection were generally fixed. You were either fast, strong and smart enough to survive in a world of unpredictable external threats or you were not.
With the advancement of technology, resources have become much more abundant and our society has nearly eliminated all unpredictable external variables which has eliminated traditional threats to human growth and development. While these traditional threats no longer pose a problem, an entirely new category of threats to our mental and physical health have entrenched themselves in our society with alarming speed and potency over the last 40 years.
1) Obesity - In the United States, obesity affected around 23% of our population in 1962. Over the last 50 years this number has continued to rise with nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth in 2017 (as reported by the CDC). Obesity is linked to several adverse health conditions including but not limited to: Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, sleep apnea, female infertility, osteoarthritis, and hearth disease.
2) Mental Health - The next threat lies between the ears. Mental health disorders continue to affect a high percentage of Americans each year. While a few of these disorders stem from genetic factors, a sedentary lifestyle paired with poor nutrition choices may cause or worsen certain mental health conditions (e.g., depression and anxiety). Currently it is estimated that 1 in 5 adults have some form of mental health issue and the rate of mental health issues within our youth continue to worsen from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Of those individuals who suffer from these conditions, it is estimated that nearly 75% receive limited or inadequate care due to the extreme shortage in funding and mental health providers.
3) Technology Addiction - The final threat to our development is a direct link to technology itself. The simple fact that a screen is within a few feet (if not immediately on the wrist) of any average individual has placed our will power for production, personal development, social development and cognitive growth at a significant disadvantage. Developers of social media applications and video games have teamed up with behavioral psychologists to intentionally addict people to their products with their notifications and targeted user involvement. The result of this blended science is a worm hole of cognitively melting, additive and time sucking content which makes a victim of anyone who begins to engage.
After all of this, you may be saying to yourself “Wow life is hopeless””; however, the sliver lining with these New Aged Threats is that they are within YOUR control.
YOU possess the same choices and opportunities as everyone else. It is YOUR choice what you put into you body, it is YOUR choice to exercise or not, and it is YOUR choice to engage in activities that are either cognitively enriching or mind numbing.
Now as I’ve mentioned previously I know that behavior change is EXTEMELY hard and doing it on your own makes it that much more difficult. This is why I fell in love with CrossFit and why we have chosen to develop our own space that educates, supports, and fosters those choices for better. You are not in this alone and we would love to be your guide to maximize your chances in this new age of natural selection. Take ACTION and FIGHT for your genetics!
Love you all,