Monthly Archives: July 2009
One of the key things I forgot to mention in my rant about the cost of obesity is the push to start taxing fatty foods. I found more mention of this today so wanted to touch on it. First a couple articles referring to the tax on fat:
The first article mentions how successful increased taxes on tobacco products was in reducing the use of tobacco. Point noted. However I don’t think you can really compare the two.
- First, there’s really not much of a question on the dangers of using tobacco products. It’s likely to kill you if you use it excessively or are exposed to 2nd hand smoke regularly.
With food and diet, there’s a lot of bad science out there that is confusing the issue and not really giving us a clear picture in the real culprits of the obesity epidemic (or “experts” are just choosing to turn a blind eye to the answers that don’t measure up with their position).
- Second, the government didn’t sit there telling you to smoke. Instead they issued a surgeon generals warning against the use of it.
In regard to food, the government has been very vocal in the way they think the american people should be eating; Low-Fat/High-Carb all the way baby. Yet since these recommendations were handed down in the late 70’s/early 80’s the obesity rate has sky-rocketed. Hmmm – connection? Anyone?
So with these two points, I declare junk food (frequently referred to as “fattening food” in these articles) consumption really can’t be compared to tobacco.
My real issue is this… who is going to define junkfood? We’ve got the vast majority of healthcare professionals and government meddlers demonizing fat, especially saturated fat, and declaring it unhealthy. Then you have this small pocket of people, including notable medical professionals, who shun sugar and carbs and consume fat as the key macro-nutrient in their diet (or hand in hand with protein).
I eat very “fattening” foods, much to the delight of my body (a recent shift). I consume fat heavy meals – around 60% of my calories come from fat – and I shun carbs and sugar. My body feels so much better eating this way; it’s no longer on a roller coaster ride of blood sugar peaks and valleys.
Frankly, I’m afraid of losing the choice of eating this way. And if they start taxing fatty foods it’s likely to get much more expensive for me to sustain my current diet – one that my body is thriving on.
Now on one hand, I can see the logic in taxing sugary drinks and things like candy bars and dessert items, both sugary and fatty, not a good combination for fat loss. But at the same time, I hate to give more money to a government that is doing a piss poor job where nutrition is concerned.
They want to tax this stuff to pay for healthcare. Healthcare’s costs have risen substantially because of diseases that correlate with obesity. Obesity has increased substantially over the past 30 years, increasing the incidence of these related diseases. 30 years ago the government first started beating the low-fat drum.
This is a cycle that is going to keep spinning, obesity & disease will rise, healthcare costs will rise, and taxes will rise to pay for the healthcare needed for the diseases blamed on obesity that started to skyrocket (coincidentally?) around the time the government meddled in nutrition.
Round and round we go until the system spirals out of control or there’s no one left to give a shit about the system. This reminds me of that quote:
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.
The government and its hired “experts” have gone friggin’ nuts. Are we going to have to experience 30 more years of this decline in health before someone gets a clue and changes the dietary recommendations handed out by the government?
Last week I couldn’t find my iPod Shuffle. I searched everywhere trying to find it but it eluded me for the whole week. While searching for it, I came across articles that were talking about Nike+ and the handy distance/time/pace tracking it does.
It occurred to me that this might be handy for my army strong challenge and that whole aspect of having to run 2 miles (ugh). But what a great tool for tracking my progress and motivating me, right?
So I started contemplating the new-found fortune of losing my iPod. I could REPLACE IT with a Nano, get the Nike+ and start kicking my butt. Saturday evening I gave up on finding my Shuffle, and on resisting the urge to buy a new iPod. I bought the Nano, in orange, and took apple up on the offer to engrave it. My engraving?
I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself.
It’s winging it’s way towards me right now and I’m elated. Then Sunday night I’m digging through my purse and what do I find? My Shuffle tucked into a corner, well disguised by a bunch or old receipts.
But oh well. The new iPod is still on it’s way to me with the handy dandy Nike+ tool. And I think it will be very useful, so I’m psyched about it. However, more proof that the moment you stop looking for something, you find it.
Will keep you posted on what I think of the Nike+!
I buzzed by USA Today this afternoon and came across the following article: Cost of treating obese patients soars to $147 billion. After reading it, I’m just pissed off.
Why I’m pissed:
- The diseases attributed to obesity include: heart disease, diabetes, various cancers, and “other” diseases.
Argh!!! First of all, correlation DOES NOT equal causation. Maybe these diseases happen to accompany obesity because the same factors causing these diseases also cause obesity! Becoming a part of the low-carb/primal movement has really opened my eyes to the craptasticness of the nutritional value of our food system. We’re basically subsisting on nutritionally bankrupt food, also known as carbs (including whole grains, pasta’s, and bread).
And what is classified as “other” diseases? My guess would be some kind of joint problems, which to me seems the most obvious health problem that would come out of being obese. Still, given my weight, the only time my knees ache is when I’ve worn high-heels. And I’ve never broken a bone thanks to the bone density that is aided by my weight.
- The article was released at a government meeting convened for the purpose of “reducing obesity and increasing activity.”Yeah, the government should totally continue sticking their nose into this issue because they’ve done such a bang up job the past 30 years with their ever-changing nutritional recommendations. Still, no matter how much they change the nutritional recommendations, they don’t get it right because they won’t let go of the low-fat/high-carb mantra.
Eating 300 grams of carbs a day is NOT going to make this country thinner and healthier. It’s going to continue feeding the obesity epidemic and increasing the likelihood of these “obesity-related” diseases. (banging my head on my desk!).
- “If you really want to rein in health-care dollars, you have to get people dieting, exercising and living a healthier lifestyle,” (Eric Finkelstein, a health economist with RTI International).On the surface, I can’t really argue with the sentiment here; it would be great if we could get everyone to live a healthier lifestyle. But looking at it from a paranoid, untrusting perspective – having followed the rules and gotten fatter in the process – I don’t trust any government or non-profit think tank when they start talking about getting people to do something.
The adage “give them an inch, they’ll take a mile” could fit here. Let “them” make health recommendations and soon the obese are deposited on government sponsored fat farms because it’s in the best interest of the fat people, the nation, the economy…take your pick.
I think it is eery how concerned people are about obesity. It freaks me out a little and I wonder if neighbors would turn on me with a little urging from the government or special interest groups.
“Obesity is the biggest single reason why health-care costs are rising. We can save lives and money through lifestyle interventions.”
Next step? Intrusive lifestyle interventions.
Part of my motivation for FINALLy getting my ass in shape is so that, if it comes down to it, I can survive our country collapsing. If something catastrophic disintegrates American society as we know it, would I have the know-how and ability to survive in it?
This might be a little over-dramatic, but at the same time, I’d rather be prepared and capable than caught unaware and unable. There have been a collection of things that have gotten me thinking along these lines over the past several years…
- The Host by Stephanie Meyer
- The Left Behind Series
- Man vs. Wild (Bear Grylls is yum)
- Dark Angel tv series
- The Terminator movies and tv series
- General uncertainty about the economy and direction of the country
What started me thinking about this again today was a post over on the MDA Forum titled “Can You Save Your Own Life.” The MDA Forum post talks about a blog post by a guy called Matt Furey (posted on June 27, 2009 and called Can You Save Your Own Life? – for some reason I can’t link to it?). But the post revolved around the following quote by Earle E. Liederman (“a renowned fitness pioneer back in the days of Charles Atlas).
Every man should be able to save his own life. He should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save his life in case of emergency and necessity.
First I need to add to that…I think every woman should be able to saver her own life too. I think it’s smart and that it’s very possible if something were to happen, we shela’s wouldn’t necessarily have a man to depend on. So, yeah, I want to be able to save my own life (and the lives of friends and family).
Thinking about this reminded me of the following article called Natural Fitness: Wild Workouts with the World’s Fittest Man. Then there’s also the following video…
And then there’s the whole Parkour movement.
How awesome would it be to move like that? How amazing to bound up and ricochet off walls. These guys look like monkeys the way they scale buildings and I’m completely and utterly in AWE.
I think I’m going to institute a Worst Case Scenario Fitness regimen into my workouts. I’m still pushing the Army Strong challenge (I’m up to 30 girly push-ups and 25 sit-ups) but that is more of a fitness goal than a regimen. And I’m pretty sure that my Worst Case Scenario Fitness regimen will only serve to push me closer to success with the Army Strong challenge.
So I’m going to work on developing this fitness regimen over the next week and see where it takes me. I’m psyched.