Good Health is a Lifelong Investment – Eustace Abraham
Canada based, Guyanese Bodybuilder Eustace Abraham, who was Sunday last elected a
Committee Member of the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF), in a recent sit down with Kaieteur Sport revealed that he is very concerned about people’s healthy living and his Guyanese brothers and sisters as a whole.
Abraham, himself a health fanatic apart from being a committed bodybuilder has developed in leaps and bounds over the past years and would like to see a positive change in the attitudes and way of life in Guyana on the issue of healthy living and good health.
Before we go into more depth sharing the views of Abraham, this is how the World Health Organization defines health:
“The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Although this definition has been subject to controversy, in particular as having a lack of operational value and the problem created by use of the word “complete”, it remains the most enduring.”
Abraham, who has been blazing the bodybuilding trail in Canada with one of his high points being the Overall Title at the Northern Ontario Regionals in June of 2010 where he earned himself a life entry to the Provincial Championships which he will no longer have to re-qualify for, says he would like to be a Good Health Ambassador and Motivator not only for his fellow athletes but to the nation as a whole.
“As I move around, I’ve seen the way people eat and devour food, doing so without regards for their health. I’m not judging or trying to be mean but I’m saying it as it is.” People’s health is a life long investment; If you don’t invest in your future in terms of healthy lifestyles, you will invest your monies with the doctors later on in life.”
Persons he says imbibe alcohol to the extent that they over indulge; the constant abuse he says will eventually lead to a heavier waist line and other chronic problems, pointing out that sugars are converted into fat overnight.
Apart from over indulgence when it comes to consuming alcohol, Abraham is very concerned with the way foods are cooked, stating that deep fried foods are not healthy to consume – across the board.
“The way to eating and consuming healthy food and drink starts in the home; apart from the Government playing its role it terms of educating the people. I know that the Ministries of Health and Sports have done some work in this regard but much more needs to be done to promote healthy lifestyles.”
Comparing what happens in Canada where he now resides, Abraham informed that there is programme called ‘SMART SERV’ that is proving to be very effective: “This is where a bar tender, waiter or waitress when serving alcoholic beverages to someone are empowered to ask them to leave the premises if the individual is overindulging to the extent of being off balance and eyes get glazed. Clubs and bars are penalised by the Government if they encourage such persons to continue drinking in such a state when they are caught on the premises. So the club/bars have to be on top of it.”
He also informed that there is also another programme called ‘SMART EATING’ where patrons can be evicted from a particular eating house for over eating.
“Maybe we need those kinds of programmes here or for that matter watchdogs because they are not educated and they are eating themselves to death.”