I was sad to read about the death of a 29 year old man named Blair River this week. He died from a heart attack, a condition that kills over 400,000 people each year in the United States according to the American Heart Association.
The fact that he died at the age of 29 is especially sad. The average age of a first heart attack is 65 or older, so this man missed out on over half of his potential life span.
One more ironic twist to this story is that this man was the spokesperson for the "Heart Attack Grill," a restaurant known for its high calorie meals. Some of the dishes at this establishment top 8000 calories - 4 times the daily caloric requirement for an average active male.
River weighed around 575 pounds and was obese, probably due in no small part to his regular patronage at the "Heart Attack Grill."
I'm sure the food at this resaurant is delicious, however, was the instant gratification of the meal worth a potential 30 years or more of life on this earth? Did River accomplish all his dreams and goals? Could his untimely death have been prevented with more reasonable daily food choices?
I enjoy food as much as the next person and usually I don't consider my meal choice as an indicator of life or death. In light of River's story, I think I may be more thoughtful before pigging out. Perhaps I'll save splurges for very infrequent and special occasions rather than a daily indulgence.
You never know...I just might be extending my life by a few valuable years.