FOOD DESERTS

Sad story in today’s NY Times, about malnutrition despite an overabundance of calories in inner city neighborhoods.  Lack of affordable, accessible healthy foods. Ubiquitous unhealthy food that promotes diabetes and obesity. “Hunger and obesity are often flip sides to the same malnutrition coin,” said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. “Hunger …

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MEASURE

Walking times/distances; food diaries; waist size; how those favorite jeans fit; weight; all of these may be useful to follow.

This is sad

NYT article about childhood obesity in Philly shows that Tastykake is now classified as “bread!” Some companies are adjusting their recipes, although hardly drastically. After Philadelphia schools stopped buying the sugary products of the local bakery icon Tastykake, the company created a 190-calorie muffin, reducing sugar enough to move it …

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MRS. OFFICER?

It sounds like many recruits would not be up to Lil Wayne’s “standards:” By Chris Joyner, USA TODAY JACKSON, Miss. — When the Jackson Police Department tried to recruit new officers this spring, more than a third of the applicants were not able to pass the initial physical fitness test. …

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ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea frequently “travel” together.  Any of these conditions can damage blood vessels.  Obesity makes all the others much more likely. One of the first places that blood vessel damage shows up is in the small arteries of the penis.  Therefore, it’s …

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