I know – who really wants to talk about nutrition and fitness? It tends to be a topic that many avoid. We all know that certain things are bad for us and we do it anyway. There is something interesting to how science fiction deals with nutrition and fitness. We track so many things manually already, but what happens when more and more of our lives can be tracked? People are already worried about others, particularly the government, getting ahold of their information, what happens when even more is tracked?
In many science fiction stories where there is a controlled society, one of the big things that is usually covered is nutrition and fitness. In the controlled societies they usually make sure that people only eat certain foods, drink certain things, and are forced in to some form of fitness regime. A lot of times these circumstances arise from a society that pays fully for its citizens, which also means that they control those citizens. What we eat and our fitness can have a lot to do with how long we live, when we work, and how much money we spend to keep ourselves healthy in the long run.
I caught The Island on TV recently, and it got me thinking about these questions, in a society where the health of all of the people – well, of the clones – was essential. They tracked what they ate and the exercise they did to have them in the best shape. On the one hand, they were healthy. On the other, did they have any control over their lives? These are the questions I’m considering. Continue reading