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This is the Average Man’s Body

Todd is the most typical of American men. His proportions are based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. As a U.S. male aged 30-39 his body mass index (BMI) is 29; just one away from being obese. At 5 feet, 9 inches tall, his waist is 39 inches.

Don’t let the hyperrealistic toes fool you; Todd is an avatar. I gave Todd his name, and gave his life a narrative arc, but he is actually the child of graphic artist Nickolay Lamm as part of his Body Measurement Project.

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And just earlier this week we learn that American adults are falling behind other countries on reading, math, and technical skills. Yeah, things are really looking up around here. U-S-A! U-S-A!

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The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

Lifehacker has videos that show how to do each of these steps.

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‘Damage control 101’: Coca-Cola addresses obesity for first time in new ads
Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it’s taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.

The Atlanta-based company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda. (Scott Olson/Getty Images files)

Oh, Coke, already out with the “spreading the blame” tactic, eh? Let’s just see how the ads work out.

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Yolks as bad as smokes? We try to unscramble the truth about eggs.

And egg whites, at least according to this story (second slide), aren’t as healthy as we thought. Maybe I should just quit trying to follow nutrition news. Yeesh.

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Yeah, and so did Philip Morris, Countrywide Financial, etc. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but it’s nonsensical to argue that “we’re simply giving the customer what he wants” is an airtight defense. 

We trust our customers to make the choices that WE GIVE THEM isn’t the same as making choices that are best for them. (And maybe people who choose what’s best for them aren’t McDonald’s customers?)

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Lifestyles of the Old and Healthy Defy Expectations

People who live to 95 or older are no more virtuous than the rest of us in terms of their diet, exercise routine or smoking and drinking habits, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Credit: Nir Barzilai, M.D.

It’s your genes, not a virtuous lifestyle, that determines how long you’ll live. BUT, how well you live in the time you have is very much a function of lifestyle. Both quantity and quality matter.

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