The New York Times published an article about truck drivers and how many of them are trying to change their habits to be more healthy. Many of the truck driving companies are teaming together to help, as truck drivers are often quarantined to their cab for nearly the whole day as they try to gobble up miles to increase their paycheck.

This is perhaps the most shocking fact in the whole article:

Eighty-six percent of the estimated 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to a 2007 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Holy cats. That’s a huge number! But, I guess it makes sense. If you think about any times you’ve stopped a truck stop (heart attack on a bun, anyone?) or even a convenience store on a freeway, it’s not like there’s a huge salad bar sitting out for people to dive in. It’s all about the quick, easy — and fattening foods. Candy bars, chips, cookies, chuckwagons (and why do all of these bad foods brought to you with the letter “C”? Hmmm, Big Bird sponsoring the junk food industry?)… how can someone who is on the road at least five days a week find a better solution?

Buffets (which truck drivers say stand for “big ugly fat fellows eating together”) are the closest to finding any veggies on the road, but are basically caloric smorgasbords.

I think it all goes back to YOU and your want to be healthy. We are all taunted by ads and bad food throughout the day, and while truck drivers may have a lifestyle that makes it more difficult to just say NO to the junk, the fact that they can say no can (and SHOULD) happen.

Skittles may taste good on the way down, but in hindsight, the sugar rush and crash makes you feel like crap… whereas an apple gives you something sweet to munch on AND makes you feel better all around. Two for one! Plus, I think you can get apples for a cheaper price (especially during the fall!).

I’m not saying I’m perfect and never indulge in the junk food, but I think we can all learn a lesson from the truck drivers who have chosen to lead healthier lifestyles. If they can do it — people who are away from their homes and forced to eat out at least five days our of the week — WE, the people who work eight hours a day and can make food in our own kitchens — can definitely do it!

What do you think? Do you think that everyone can be healthy, or do some lifestyles win out and make it impossible to do so? 

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