070828 TUESDAY


Luca held his first class today at 0800H!!

0800H WOD w/ LUCA

Rose’s Revenge:

21, 15, & 9 reps for time of


Pull Ups

Kettlebell Swings



Mississippi Ranked Fattest State in U.S. for 3rd year in a row

Obesity Rates Still Climbing in U.S.

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:

Trust for America’s Health

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.

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  • Burton


    I am trying to eat lunch over here.

    Burton 🙂

  • Craig

    I saw this article this morning. So terribly sad. Good points JJ. Fat tax? Maybe. You know the drug companies are spending a ton to try to “fix” this issue.

    Ironically, there are more gyms, treadmills, and people exercising than in previous generations. Exercise can help, but caloric consumption has got to decline across the board. Less lattes, less sodas and flavored drinks, less carbs, smaller burgers and burritos, etc.

    Congrats again, Luca.

  • J Jones

    On my recent trip to Japan, I met a few people that made fun of us Americans for our obsession with health (exercise, bad view of smoking, etc). Exercise gyms are very rare compared to the US. At the same time, I did not see a single local that was what I would call “obese” and very very few that I would call fat. In fact, most people were extremely thin (too thin by my standards).

    Their secret? Smaller portions. MUCH smaller portions. But don’t be to jealous, they are catching up to the US’s bad food consumption. They also smoke like chimneys.

  • Luca Z.

    That was fun, short but sweet, Jon you’re a studd,great work for Sarah too carring the extra weight,you are an inspiration to all of us. I’ve to say that 8 o’clock is a great time to work out, also because you can sleep in a little more. Anyway I’ll be there Thursday too so I’m looking forward to see any brave person who dare to come.
    By the way in Italy is the same thing not that many people fat, and again the secret is eat many different things just in moderation.

  • Brian Nesmith

    That photo is just wrong.

    Great workout Luca. I’m going to do that at my local schoolyard.

    Everybody talks about the quantities but remember that very few Americans eat food that is unadulterated. Corn in virtually everything. How many people do we know that eat mostly vegetables?

    I’ve been to Italy, we ate pasta that was very close to nature, durum semolina served al dente and with fresh vegetables. Very low glycemic index. The strains of rice you find in Asia are different, also lower in GI and often served with vegetables. Lower calories, too.

    My 2 cents.