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February 10, 2005 12:42 PM   Subscribe

Few would disparage the benefits of sport and recreation except, perhaps, those elected and charged with the responsibility for funding them. In a day when even the IOC is charged with catering to professional sports it's easy to see the roots of the coming epidemic. After all, only the elite have reason enough to train, eh?. One hopes that, while the fallout after the loss was considerable, we might be able to refocus and do these things for the right reasons.
posted by mce (12 comments total)

 
Er. Ummm.

ok. I give up. What is this post about, exactly? It has something to do with the corrupting influence of money in amateur sports, right? *cough*, *cough*. But what does diabetes have to do with that, exactly?
posted by casu marzu at 1:37 PM on February 10, 2005


Inactivity is a risk factor for diabetes.

I think what mce is trying to say is that increased emphasis on pro sports over amateur leads to a much greater gap in activity levels between lay people and athletes, which in turn makes for a less healthy population.
posted by sid at 1:59 PM on February 10, 2005


And he's putting his point in the context of recent Canadian athletic funding debacles.
posted by sid at 1:59 PM on February 10, 2005


metatalk
posted by delmoi at 2:02 PM on February 10, 2005


metatalk
posted by delmoi at 2:02 PM PST on February 10

wrong link
posted by sid at 2:23 PM on February 10, 2005


doh
posted by delmoi at 2:36 PM on February 10, 2005


Ah yes - I probably could have been a little clearer. Sid's got most of it all right though I might also mention that 1) participation increases with exposure, 2)facilities costs (when they exist) are prohibitive and 3)this stuff isn't new but someone willing to spend some serious political capital to make a difference surely would be.
posted by mce at 2:38 PM on February 10, 2005


"doh" meaning MeTa just to be clear.
posted by mlis at 3:44 PM on February 10, 2005


Free Stanley!
posted by euphorb at 7:47 PM on February 10, 2005


bad sport: "most of all I hate the people who think it should be taught in schools as the only way of ensuring children lead a healthy lifestyle ... if they've got that much energy why aren't they hoeing their garden or doing something useful?"
posted by raygirvan at 6:37 AM on February 11, 2005


"doh" meaning MeTa just to be clear.

Uh, never mind, sorry about that delmoi I did not see "metatalk".
posted by mlis at 10:18 AM on February 11, 2005


Sure, I'll bite.
posted by breezeway at 1:16 PM on February 11, 2005


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