The Sugar Habit


In the 1930s, there was a boy who liked eating desserts. He had become so addicted to eating sugar, that his mother decided to visit Gandhi. She thought that her child would listen to the leader’s advice and stop his bad habit of eating sugar.

After a long journey, walking many miles and hours under the sun, they finally arrived in town and went to the place where Gandhi could usually be found.

The mother finally reached him and asked him to tell her boy to stop eating sugar because sugar was not good for his health.

Gandhi said to the woman, “I cannot tell your son that. Please bring him back in 4 weeks and I will talk to him, then.”

The mother was surprised to hear this. But she could not do anything else, so she and her son returned home.

Four weeks later, she repeated the journey and talked to Gandhi again.

Gandhi remembered the woman and her son. He looked at the boy and said to him, “Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”

The boy nodded his head and promised he would stop eating sugar.

The boy’s mother was upset. “You could have told him this four weeks ago when I first came here.

Why are you saying this now?”

Gandhi smiled and said “Woman, four weeks ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”


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