Tuesday, January 15

Writers Tom Farley and Deborah Cohen suggest that people had better start treating obesity like the infectious epidemic it will soon be, given the rate of 325,000 people dying per year due to obesity-related illnesses. Did you know that drinking a single can of Coke every other day will contribute enough calories to add about four pounds? Among other things such as the "supermarket diet" ("Supermarkets devote more shelf space to snacks than to produce"), lack of exercise due to autos ("If we want to move, we drive") and building design, these writers say “the desk job, the television, the Internet, suburban housing developments and their roads to nowhere all conspire against us.” They also hit on the government's lack of any kind of fitting national healthcare reform to address the problem.

A very interesting and thought-provoking read.