~ Buddhist saying
*Translation = why I hate the phone.
"Obesity is the elephant in the room of health care reform, a public health catastrophe that kills more than 100,000 Americans a year, cost the nation $147 billion last year and threatens to shorten U.S. life expectancy for the first time since the Civil War." (SFGate)Of course not.
$147 billion - Obesity-related medical spending in the U.S. in 2008
$15.5 million - Medical costs related to obesity in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 2006
50 - Percent of California adults who don't exercise enough
33 - Percent of children born in 2000 likely to develop diabetes
30 - Percent of adult Americans who are obese
20 - Average number of days a year an obese person is unable to work
16.7 - Percent of American children who are obeseObesity a Crushing Weight on U.S. Healthcare (SFGate)
Cameras replaced sketching by the last century; convenience trumped engagement, the viewfinder afforded emotional distance and many people no longer felt the same urgency to look. It became possible to imagine that because a reproduction of an image was safely squirreled away in a camera or cell phone, or because it was eternally available on the Web, dawdling before an original was a waste of time, especially with so much ground to cover.Kimmelman laments this efficiency-first method of consuming art. He calls for a return to seeing, a revisiting of the old-school sketchbooks, the kind of dawdling that museums are meant for, the "sitting with" a piece of art long enough for it to unfurl a bit around you, take on different colors and moods.*