Lesley Williams, a family medicine doctor in Phoenix, tells me she gets an alert from her electronic health records software every time she’s about to see a patient who is above the “overweight” threshold. The reason for this is that physicians are often required, in writing, to prove to hospital administrators and insurance providers that they have brought up their patient’s weight and formulated a plan to bring it down—regardless of whether that patient came in with arthritis or a broken arm or a bad sunburn. Failing to do that could result in poor performance reviews, low ratings from insurance companies or being denied reimbursement if they refer patients to specialized care.
…Diets do not work. Not just paleo or Atkins or Weight Watchers or Goop, but all diets. Since 1959, research has shown that 95 to 98 percent of attempts to lose weight fail and that two-thirds of dieters gain back more than they lost. The reasons are biological and irreversible. As early as 1969, research showed that losing just 3 percent of your body weight resulted in a 17 percent slowdown in your metabolism—a body-wide starvation response that blasts you with hunger hormones and drops your internal temperature until you rise back to your highest weight.
…Yes, nearly every population-level study finds that fat people have worse cardiovascular health than thin people. But individuals are not averages: Studies have found that anywhere from one-third to three-quarters of people classified as obese are metabolically healthy. They show no signs of elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance or high cholesterol. Meanwhile, about a quarter of non-overweight people are what epidemiologists call “the lean unhealthy.” A 2016 study that followed participants for an average of 19 years found that unfit skinny people were twice as likely to get diabetes as fit fat people. Habits, no matter your size, are what really matter. Dozens of indicators, from vegetable consumption to regular exercise to grip strength, provide a better snapshot of someone’s health than looking at her from across a room.
..And, in a cruel twist, one effect of weight bias is that it actually makes you eat more. The stress hormone cortisol—the one evolution designed to kick in when you’re being chased by a tiger or, it turns out, rejected for your looks—increases appetite, reduces the will to exercise and even improves the taste of food.
…Diet is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for more than five times the fatalities of gun violence and car accidents combined. But it’s not how much we’re eating—Americans actually consume fewer calories now than we did in 2003. It’s what we’re eating.
For more than a decade now, researchers have found that the quality of our food affects disease risk independently of its effect on weight. Fructose, for example, appears to damage insulin sensitivity and liver function more than other sweeteners with the same number of calories. People who eat nuts four times a week have 12 percent lower diabetes incidence and a 13 percent lower mortality rate regardless of their weight. All of our biological systems for regulating energy, hunger and satiety get thrown off by eating foods that are high in sugar, low in fiber and injected with additives. And which now, shockingly, make up 60 percent of the calories we eat.
In any forecast that portents of a weather related diasaster there is always the plea to evacuate. …Which serves as a cue for a lot of well off white people to opine about how inconsiderate and irresponsible anyone who chooses not is.
There is never mention of how emergency services and FEMA types do not shore up damaged property or prevent lotting. There is never mention of how long a person must stay in exhile while their property is destroyed by continued exposure and lawlessness.
Apart from a few references to the “Cajun Navy,” there is hardly a mention of the folks who stay behind to provide serves the government does not.
And it is simply not discussed that evacuating is very. very expensive. There are few places that people can just go and be welcomed in without paying for the privilege.
For a family of six on a fixed income with no relative’s who will take them in, where are they supposed to go? Say their budget allows for seven hundred dollars for housing. Are they supposed to not pay their rent or mortgage that month so they can all stay in a hotel or motel while they are evacuated? Does anyone think a bank or a landlord will just forgo collecting money that month? What happens a few days into the evacuation when all of the money is gone? Where are they supposed to stay? How are they supposed to find a place that will accept their pets anyways?
For those without a car, how are people supposed to get to where ever they should be evacuating to?
The folks who look down their noses and judge people for not evacuating… They do understand evacuation is open ended, correct? Do they imagine everyone in the world has unlimited funds to pay for hotel and motel rooms with?
It’s obnoxious elitism.
President Donald Trump may be calling for Americans to boycott Harley-Davidson Inc., but U.S. Secret Service agents who protect him will continue to ride Harley’s motorcycles.
This week, the Federal Business Opportunities website posted the Secret Service’s plans to purchase a new Harley that could be paired with a sidecar.
Thankfully the Secret Service doesn’t do politics.
Oh, come on! Why would anyone assume apple or any other tech company would take women’s preferences or needs into account. Tech bros hate chicks and they’re not gonna give a shit if the phone is to big for the pockets in women’s clothing or anything else.
This hardly qualifies as news.
While Guyger claims that she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder when she saw the door was ajar, Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean’s family, said two witnesses heard someone in the hallway knock on a door before the shooting.
One witness says they heard a woman say, “Let me in! Let me in!” before the gunshots, and one claims she heard a man’s voice yell out, “Oh, my God! Why did you do that?” after the shooting.
…In an interview on CNN, Merritt argued that Jean’s door could not have been ajar, as fire doors in the apartment complex close automatically.
…Photos obtained by DailyMail.com show that the apartment-door numbers are clearly visible and lit up with bright white neon panels outside the door.
We need to stop giving racist narcissistic psychos badges and telling them it is a license to kill without consequences.