Thursday, July 28, 2016

Really?

This Bloomberg piece references a study published in The Lancet, which says that the costs of inactivity physical inactivity costs the world around $70 billion, of which roughly $30 billion of that cost is in the US.  

Okay, big numbers.  Small compared to overall GDP both globally and in the US, but still nothing to sneeze at, particularly given that the author considers these conservative estimates.   Okay, fine.  But then there's this:

"We need more investment to make physical activity accessible to all,” she said.

Uh, huh?   To be clear, investment means public spending.   FLG isn't against public spending in favor of public health.    The return, in some cases, can be pretty good.   But he finds the idea that accessibility is the issue to be fucking stupid.    Walking, jogging, jumping jacks, push ups -- all free.   Require little to no equipment.    Everybody knows how to do them.

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