Saturday, August 23, 2008

This Week in Review

Below is the week in review of studies, blogs and news reports. You'll see a short rant and then you can move on with your life. Typically most of the information will be useless(especially the news stories), as you'll see they can screw up just about anything.

Exercise and limited TV time may keep kids trim - While I typically love articles that feature health information for our youth, this one frankly pisses me off. First off the solution to kid's obesity is limiting TV and Exercise? Well those two things are probably towards the top of the list, but they don't even address nutrition at all which has the most profound effect on weight. Furthermore the article recommends a number of steps that children achieve (11,000 for girls, 13,000 for men). I'm sorry, but having a step assignment for children is just ludicrous. Children do not need a pedometer. Whatever happened to taking your kid to the park and letting them run around.
Shoppers Injured in Cheap Food Rush - This story made my week. I enjoy grocery shopping a little too much and finding a good food bargain can certainly make a trip worthwhile, but the thought of actually injuring yourself for 99 cent eggs...lets just say it brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my soul.

Will Spinach Be Ruined Forever? The FDA is doing there best to destroy my favorite vegetable. They have approved a new method to treat spinach, which involves radiation. You know the stuff that nuclear bombs use to destroy human life. Brilliant.

The Bomb has been dropped...on spinach of all things

Better to be fat and fit than skinny and unfit - Now before I begin my rant, make sure you read that title twice. What exactly is fat and fit? I don't know, the title alone turned me off from reading the article, but it would appear as though the article is a great way for people to rationalize being a fat ass. Trust me when I say this...regardless of what any studies or news reports tell you, being fat (read: fat! not just overweight) is bad for your health. It's something you'll have to come to grips with because it is a harsh reality.

Vitamin D is the new Fish Oil
- I've said it before and now the news is finally beginning to pick up on it. Vitamin D is probably going to be the new big thing. Everyone is talking about it. So either get yourself some sun exposure or consider taking a supplement.

Good Fat is the NEW Weapon against Obesity - Oh really? Fight fat with fat? Good fat is the NEW weapon. How new is this because I've been using this "weapon" for years and years. I'm glad they are finally coming around to the fact that natural foods like olive oil, avocado, nuts can actually help your weight loss goals. What a concept.

Do Clean Athletes have a Chance - Answer: No. Everyone is cheating, why aren't you? Oh you are, nevermind.

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