According to Chancellor, those who are non-egocentric and selfless seem to be more attractive than those who care more about themselves. He is trying to convey the message that one should care less about their own health and longevity, as there are more important things in the world.
Some may think otherwise. If a person does not take care of their own health, they become more prone to diseases. Our body systems need proper nutrients, vitamins, minerals and water to function efficiently. If our food contains high proportions of fat and cholesterol, we may suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure. Eating a lot of carbohydrates can lead to obesity and vascular diseases. Similarly, ingesting very high amounts of protein can lead to kidney damage.
In order to stay healthy, our energy output should be equal to our energy input.
Some may argue that if we do not care for our health and fall ill, we may potentially use NHS resources unnecessarily. Those resources could instead have been used to treat diseases which are not preventable, such as genetic disorders. By ignoring our own health, we suffer and cause other people around us to suffer as well.
It is indeed true that as humans, we should value each other’s lives and well-being. However, in the process, we should not disregard our own health. If we are healthy, we can help to keep others healthy.