Luca held his first class today at 0800H!!
0800H WOD w/ LUCA
21, 15, & 9 reps for time of
Both articles were written from a report called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America, 2007”.
Is it any surprise considering that Mississippi happens to be the poorest state? – State Rankings from the U.S. Census Bureau. It has been established for a while that in the US, obesity etc. has been linked to economic status. As obesity related health issues cripple our health care system, I begin to wonder at the slippery slope we have created. This is especially evident when the majority of people with obesity issues require government assisted health care, and a good portion of the severely obese get government assisted incomes. Obesity increases, poverty increases, then obesity increases, then poverty increases, etc.
Is it time for a “fat tax”? A tax that can be applied to foods that are deemed unhealthy, to help steer lower income households from the ‘bad’ foods. Maybe food stamps should limit the amount of ‘bad’ foods that can be purchased? But who would set the standards for what is bad? Considering how far behind the Government has been on their health guidelines, I am concerned that their red marker might miss the most critical offenders and end up slashing some of the foods that aren’t as bad as the previous norms would have you believe (see: High Carb, Low Fat diets).
If you were wondering how your state competes (and even some statistics by county) here is an interesting site for Statistics by State of health related Issues:
Side note, I do find it interesting here that in California in 2005 we spent almost $71 million dollars on HIV Prevention and about $15.6 million on Chronic Disease Prevention / Health Promotion (with another $5.8 mil tacked on for Diabetes Control). In case you don’t want to do the math. . . that is more that 3.3 times as much spent on HIV prevention than what is is spent on all Chronic Disease Prevention / Health Promotion / Diabetes Control).
I might be crazy, but I think that Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease (etc.) MIGHT be a little more applicable to the general population than the risk of contracting HIV / AIDS. . . Just maybe.