Topic: poverty

“You Can’t Outrun McDonald’s;” Weight Gain In Non-Sedentary, Blue-Collar Laborers Linked To Diet, Workplace

"You Can't Outrun McDonald's;" Weight Gain In Non-Sedentary, Blue-Collar Laborers Linked To Diet, Workplace

Employees in labor-intensive jobs aren’t immune to the weight gain that plagues receptionists, lawyers, bloggers and everyone else who sits at a desk or cubicle or coffee shop all day — suggesting the cause of obesity & weight gain in blue-collar workers has more to do with diet, environment and workplace demands than lack of physical activity. More »

Poverty Is A Health Crisis–And We Need To Stop Pretending It Isn’t

Poverty Is A Health Crisis--And We Need To Stop Pretending It Isn't

When we talk, as a nation, about health care, there are a lot of important aspects we must address. Women’s health care, for one, is vital to the country’s overall wellness. So is prevention and care of obesity-related illness. But a subject that gets discussed less frequency and with less sensitivity is that of the increased health risks of those living in poverty. The idea that, for millions of Americans, health care is simply too cost-prohibitive, seems completely over the heads of many lawmakers and pundits. And yet, according to a recent Gallup poll, it’s clear: Poverty just comes with more health risk factors and more chronic disease. And we need to talk about that, too. More »

Unknown Disease Killed 56 Children In Cambodia – And Its Getting More Press Than A Known Epidemic

Unknown Disease Killed 56 Children In Cambodia - And Its Getting More Press Than A Known Epidemic

There is an unknown and deadly disease killing children in Cambodia. So far, at least 56 kids have died of the mysterious illness. There have been only one or two survivors. All of the victims have been from age 2 – 7. That’s enough to terrify anyone on a Monday morning, until you start thinking about the even bigger problem that’s getting much less press coverage. More »

Moving Out Of Poor Neighborhoods Lowers Risk Of Diabetes, Obesity As Much As Medication, Diet, and Exercise

Moving Out Of Poor Neighborhoods Lowers Risk Of Diabetes, Obesity As Much As Medication, Diet, and Exercise

We’ve all seen magazine spreads about the country’s most active cities, but you don’t have to live in Hawaii to be healthy: It turns out, moving out of a poor neighborhood can improve health so much that it’s as good for you as targeted diet and exercise programs, according to new information released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More »

Fast Food’s Popularity Is Dropping, So They’re Dropping Their Prices

Fast Food's Popularity Is Dropping, So They're Dropping Their Prices

There’s a saying in among advertisers and web developers: you can’t have something that is cheap, good, and fast. You can have a project completed quickly and inexpensively, but it won’t be done well;you can have it done quickly and well, but it won’t be cheap; or you can have something done inexpensively and well, but it won’t be quick. Fast food manufacturers seem to be realizing the same thing–they know their product is fast, but most people knows it isn’t good. So, they’re making it really, really cheap. More »

Lessons In Happiness: Luxury Hotel Chef Quits To Feed India’s Poor

Lessons In Happiness: Luxury Hotel Chef Quits To Feed India's Poor

Narayanan Krishnan used to be an award winning chef with Taj Hotels in India. Upon noticing the poverty and hunger afflicting his country, Krishnan decided to quit his lucrative job, and now runs a not-for-profit organization that provides three meals a day to India’s hungry and indigent people, most of whom are elderly. He also bathes them, and provides shaves and haircuts. For all his efforts, Krishnan was recently presented with the CNN Heroes award. In Krishnan’s words, happiness comes from giving, and the joy that comes with making other people happy and healthy. The next time you need a pick-me-up, instead of treating yourself, do something nice for a friend, or even a stranger. You might be surprised at the potent results. More »