My boyfriend, who happens to be an Adjunct Art Instructor at Weber State University, has recently endured a drastic reduction in his work hours. While many of his tenured colleagues are away relaxing on paid sabbatical leave, we’re informed that the primary reason his teaching was cut is because of Obama care, which requires employers to provide health insurance to employees who work for 30 hours or more per week. Unfortunately, due to an acceptable “loophole” to employers, many across the United States have now opted to simply CUT employee hours in order to to meet these new regulations (rather than actually take care of their employees, it’s cheaper that way). As a result, my boyfriend has had to take a low paying job doing yard maintenance for Weber County. I’m saddened to report that just six short days into his new minimum wage job, he took a spill on some wet mud and suffered an injury to his knee, which may effect him for the rest of his life.
Now fortunately, my boyfriend’s employer has Workman’s Comp, which pays for some work hours lost (which isn’t much) and medical treatment for his work-related injury (which FAR outweigh his earnings).
Recently, I accompanied him to one of his visits in which he received an MRI. While I sat there in the lobby waiting with him, I noticed a magazine with an article displayed on the cover which was entitled “Systemized Feng Shui” (don’t ask) peeking from the bottom of a stack of random magazines. I was a little dismayed to see the title called “Healthy Utah“, which displayed a beautiful woman on the cover (don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with beautiful women); however, this model obviously has had the $urgical works to become that way. Fake veneered teeth, botox lip$, brea$t enlargement$, you name it, $he has obviou$ly had it. I was even further disturbed when I began to thumb through the pages, seeing ad after ad, which touted some kind of surgical procedure to remove some type of undesirable part of one’s physique. I began to wonder, “Is THIS what is really perceived as ‘healthy’ in Utah?”
While some are primping in mirrors, counting calories, binging on cake, guzzling diet soda and debating on where they”ll have liposuction next, there are actually malnourished people standing in line at the local charity desperately waiting for a box of full of food.
What is health? Is it the way a person looks? Is it how an individual will critically perceive him or herself the way others might; therefore, use his or her good fortune to conform to another’s, or perhaps the media’s ideal? Or is it a state of mind where one can use his or her good fortune to help others? Health is beauty, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is beauty to you?