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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Healthier People in a Bad Economy?


The recession may be hurting your bank account, said Karen Kaplan in the Los Angeles Times, but it’s probably not hurting your health. On the contrary, a new study from University of Michigan researchers found a strong “link between a bad economy and good health.”
Yes, that's right. In poor economic times, people tend to eat healthier foods. At least, that's what the pundits are saying. So as the GDP shrinks, you live longer...with less. Thus, if we continue with long term recession, the obvious comes into play. Will obese people get skinny? Less pizza, fewer beers. More salads?

Oh, and that 'bread line' is great, if that's all you got to eat. Right? And you can't even afford a pack of cigerettes. The beer prices went through the roof, and all you can afford is cheap red wine. Wine is good for you, right? Since you're not working, you sleep longer, which is also good for you. Less stress, because you don't have to deal with office politics. No deadlines, no pressure. Just you and your dog. What a wonderful world.

This recession is bringing more people together since there is a common bond. They are all healthier. Obesity is under control. Salads and wine are in. Beer and pizza are out. You can't smoke.  You are home with your family much more, because you don't have the cash to go out. Common bonding!

Living longer....with less. As Johnny Carson once said: “I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.”

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