Weekend Reading

What a week.  I am so happy that it’s the weekend.  I had the worst day yesterday (read: water bottle spilling all over everything in my backpack, having two exams, being late to the first exam even though I left way early (thanks MBTA)…) It just felt like anything that could go wrong was going to go wrong.  But I refused to let myself fall into a slump of feeling bad for myself (although, honestly, sometimes it’s not the worst idea) and ended the day on a high note by exploring more of Boston (hello, Newbury Street!) and spending sometime out in the sunshine.  It made me feel so much better and made me (almost) forget how crappy my morning had been.

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The Biggest Loser debate has been all over every blog and newspaper that I’ve read lately, and I can’t help but think that maybe it shouldn’t be.  I don’t think we have the right to judge someone who lost a lot of weight, just like I don’t think we have the right to judge someone who put on a lot of weight.  It’s taboo to call someone ‘fat’ but apparently it’s fine to call someone ‘too skinny.’  When do we stop judging each other for our appearances and start judging each other for what’s on the inside?

This study out of Harvard is a good reminder that good habits start early and that it’s important for public health interventions to focus on younger kids too if we really want to turn this obesity epidemic around.

Speaking of which, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law this week.  There’s a lot of controversy around this bill because it heavily cuts SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) and many families will be losing up to $95 a month that they had relied upon to feed their families.  It turns out though, both sides of the aisle are unhappy about the Farm Bill, which means they compromised.  Good for you Congress.

Flowing Data released maps from across the country showing where people run.  They run mostly by parks, water and in affluent areas.  Policy Mic took a moment to reflect on the greater social issues behind these maps: mainly that these maps of where people run are mostly maps of where the more affluent areas of cities are located.  If you’re running outside, it’s because you feel safe enough running outside, or because you have the time to run outside, luxuries that people living in high-crime, low-income areas rarely have.

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