Friday, December 19, 2008
Bringing the well to the thirsty
Wired Online has a story up called Study Says Cars Make Us Fat.
"Countries with the highest levels of active transportation generally had the lowest obesity rates," Bassett and Pucher conclude in the study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. "Walking and bicycling are far more common in European countries than in the United States, Australia and Canada. Active transportation is inversely related to obesity in these countries."
Nowhere is this more obvious than the United States, where 12 percent of the population walks, rides a bike or takes mass transit, and as many as one in three people are obese.
Ever think that sometime in the 22nd or 23rd century (if we last that long) a primary school history teacher is going to tell their class about the 20th century and sprawlurbia and building cities that necessitated traveling in pollution emitting / natural resource consuming automobiles, and some cute kid is going to put up his or her hand and say "What did they do that for?" and there simply won't be a good answer?
P.S. Get a kick out of wacky philosophy books? Take a look at this series from Open Court Publishing in Chicago.
James Bond and Philosophy, Johnny Cash and Philosophy, the Undead and Philosophy... they're even doing one in 2009 called Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy.
So a quick look tells me that Buffett has songs with titles like:
* The Missionary
* Captain America
* Truckstop Salvation
* God Don't Own a Car
* My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don't Love Jesus
Perhaps a Buffet / Philosophy book isn't as crazy as I thought!