Is Consumerism Making Us Unhealthy?


I’ve never needed much. I grew up in a home where we didn’t have much of anything until I was in my mid-teens. I was 15, that was the year that my stepdad got a job with the United States Postal Service and my mom became a receptionist at a dentist’s office. Even though that should have helped our situation, consumerism took over my family’s mindset. They became tens of thousands of dollars in debt because they went crazy with their financial freedom. It caused a lot of arguments and stressed everyone in the house out.

Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of consumerism.

Here are some things that studies have shown to be an issue in the United States and how they can affect our health.

- Ungratefulness. Ungratefulness is a direct result of consumerism. We have this constant feeling of “I don’t have enough” and become incredibly unhappy. It’s been speculated that ungratefulness is a major factor in disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Obesity. There’s two reasons that consumerism can play a role in obesity. First, consumerism can result in extra work hours, which results in eating out more, bringing home fast food, or making those quick meals that are in your freezer. Also, stress plays a huge factor in obesity; it can slow down your metabolism or make you want to overeat. Both of these factors probably have played a huge role in the fact that obesity has become a sort of epidemic in our country.

- Stress. Hey look, the one thing I mentioned in both of the above. Stress! Stress in general isn’t good for us. Anxiety, depression, and other stress-induced disorders are rising in both severity and frequency. More and more people are on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, and a record number of people are seeking mental health services. Stress is killing us in a lot of different ways, and the pressure that a consumerist mindset puts on us doesn’t help the situation any.

- Addictions. Another result of stress (which can be rooted in consumerism) is that people will seek out relief. Addictions can be formed because of this, whether the addiction is to food, drugs, alcohol, or whatever other unhealthy indulgence can occur.

- Family Stability. As I mentioned in my story above, family stability can be threatened by consumerism. Jealousy, stress (always stress), and living beyond the means of the family budget can affect morale and unity within the family unit. Is it any wonder that the nuclear family has been suffering for the past 30 years?

If you are struggling with any of these things, there are resources available out there. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to your community, friends, family, or local agencies in order to get the assistance you need to get past these things.

How else can consumerism affect our health? Do you think what studies are saying is legit, or is it a bunch of hogwash? Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you here next week!

  1. hi
    thats right!
    consumerism has some bad effects on us. we should leave it.
    thanks :shock: :grin: :grin: :grin:

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