S U S T A I N A B L Y
At the juncture of personal, planetary health
Beth Mazur, over at WeightMaven.org, gave voice to moderation in her recent post, and I left a comment that I reprise here. She wondered whether it was worthwhile to look at one's diet as an investor might, hedging against uncertainty by being, say, "part paleo, part vegan." "Crazy, or crazy like a fox," she wondered.
Ugh! Crazy like a crazy person! (Sorry for the knee-jerk passion.)
Part paleo, part vegan is neither, no? Same with the others. Read more »
I've posted this before, and about this topic several times before, and may well again: I believe it's the No. 1 issue facing all Americans, and I believe it will only be solved when we demand that it be solved. Yes, that's somewhat unlikely in present-day America, but it's going to happen, because it has to.
I do not get why the farm bills being contemplated this week by Congress would slash food-stamp aid. Read more »
If there ever was a sober voice in this world’s considerable madness around weight loss, it’s the National Weight Control Registry. Based in Rhode Island, it tracks more than 10,000 people who’ve been keeping an average of 70 pounds off for more than 6 years, and its purpose is to learn what helps these people keep it off. Read more »
It is true that much of the commercial weight-loss industry is composed of charlatans who lack evidence to back up their come-ons. But that's not the same as saying that there is no way to reduce one's body size sustainably.
As you know, I did (am doing) it, and I have lots of friends who have as well. But there's also the long-term, legitimate, National Weight Control Registry, which is coming up on 20 years and tracks more than 10,000 people who've lost significant weight and kept it off for significant time. Read more »
Here's a great rundown of food addiction as it interacts with, and sometimes substitutes for, addictions that most everyone acknowledges more easily. The writer is Dr. Vera Tarman, medical director of a Toronto treatment center.
More out of service to my wife and family than for personal connection, I attended a fundraising event for the Samaritans this afternoon. What I learned:
* Calls to the suicide-prevention service have increased 20 percent since the Marathon attack. I assume that that's local to Greater Boston. Read more »
One of the greatest harbors for sanctimony is when something is “for the children.” Children are the future, you know.
It’s not that I object to child protection as a motivation. I have a child, and I take seriously my role as one of his caregivers, guides, and educators. It’s going to take a lot more than me to care for, guide, and educate him, but it has to start with my wife and I.
What I object to, other than rank sanctimony of any kind, is how horribly unevenly “child protection” is defined. Read more »