Why Wal-Mart Is Making Our Health Its Problem
- "So what's behind the [healthier-eating] initiative
? In a word: scale. In a recent article in HBR
, Chris Meyer and I argued that we'll see companies taking more and more ownership of externalities they could ignore because of changing sensibilities and better sensors (meaning detection and reporting of impacts by third parties). But we also identified a third driver: the scale of modern business. Whereas in the past, a single grocer could not have much impact on society, in today's highly consolidated market, Wal-Mart touches a significant percentage of the nation's food intake. Once you reach a scale where your decisions have ramifications for millions, it is hard to pretend that the impacts, even as distant ripples, are not your problem."
posted by kliuless
on Jan 24, 2011 -
According to estimates, about 1.5 billion people--about a quarter of the earth's population--are hosts to the Ascaris lumbricoides
parasitic worm. Ascaris worms can grow to be 18 inches in length, and use their host's windpipe and esophagus to migrate between the small intestine and the lungs. A single human host may support dozen of large worms, which can be contracted by contact with fecal matter, animals, or undercooked pork. Under some circumstances (the worms dislike anesthesia, for example) one or more worms may exit from the mouth (a horrifying image
), or the anus (one of the most disgusting images I have ever seen
, and not safe for work, obviously). Here, the removal of a worm is caught on video
Too disgusting to post? Almost. But 1.5 billion people have got these in their bodies right now. That's what's grosser than gross.
posted by washburn
on Mar 4, 2006 -
Supersized in the NFL
Analyzing data from the 2003-2004 season, researchers say "more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified them as class 2 obesity
" -- equivalent to a 6-foot man weighing between 260 and 300 pounds.
Even those players weren't the biggest ones: the study counted more than 60 players
-- 3 percent -- with body mass indexes placing them into class 3 obesity
, with individual weights approaching 400 pounds.
"I don't know what's going on in the minds of coaches", said lead researcher Dr. Joyce Harp
, an assistant professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Players' growing girth "is a major concern," said Dr. Arthur Roberts
, a former NFL quarterback and retired heart surgeon (.pdf file)
whose Living Heart Foundation
works with the players' union to evaluate heart-related health risks faced by current and retired players. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 1, 2005 -
Yesterday the World Health Organization launched a report on diet and nutrition
, saying that sugar should be restricted to 10% of caloric intake. Predictably, the sugar industry (press releases
) threw fits
and called on their cronies in Congress to cut off WHO funding. Apparently they're fighting and clawing
even more than the tobacco industry in similar circusmtances, and WHO fears that lobbyists have more power with the Bush administration. The SA believes that inactivity, not our increased sugar consumption, is the primary cause of the obesity epidemic. Are we in for another few years of declarations of junk science and endless gov't investigations into what seems obvious, a la
most environmental and health concerns?
posted by fotzepolitic
on Apr 24, 2003 -
Keys of Nutrition
You may not be familiar with Ancel Keys, but his discoveries about nutrition and health are behind much of the dietary advice people now receive. Have you ever wondered who proved that the amount of cholesterol in food did not influence the amount of cholesterol in the blood? Do you know what causes high cholesterol? Do you like olive oil but need a good rationalization to keep using it? (hint: there is one) What dietary advice has most fascinated you, or helped you the most?
posted by Tystnaden
on Oct 22, 2002 -