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Have I caused you any pain....

Thursday, October 07, 2010


The sadness I have caused any face
by letting a stray word
strike it,

any pain
I have caused you,
what can I do to make us even?
Demand a hundred fold of me - I'll pay it.

During the day I hold my feet accountable
to watch out for wondrous insects and their friends.

Why would I want to bring horror
into their extraordinary

Magnetic fields draw us to Light; they move our limbs and thoughts.
But it is still dark; if our hearts do not hold a lantern,
we will stumble over each other,

huddled beneath the sky
as we are.

~ Rumi ~
(Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)

I've shared biographical information about the great Jelaluddin Rumi in past posts, but I've never shared anything on Daniel Ladinsky:

Daniel Ladinsky is an American poet. He was born and raised in the Midwest United States. For six years he made his home in a spiritual community in western India, where he worked in a rural clinic free to the poor, and lived with the intimate disciples and family of Meher Baba. In introductions to his Hafez poetry, Ladinsky notes that he offers interpretations of the poet Hafez, rather than translations. He believes that it is more important to convey the emotions in Hafez's poetry than to keep the same rhythm in the English language, and he uses the most simple words possible.
Praise and Criticism

Since the release of Ladinsky's first book, I Heard God Laughing, his ostensible renderings of Hafiz have become widely quoted. The fact that Ladinsky's poems do not actually represent Hafez' work was a source of embarrassment for Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario, when it was discovered that the poem McGuinty had recited from Ladinsky's book at a Nowruz celebration in Toronto had no corresponding Persian original.

Many point out that Ladinsky's poems are originals, and not translations or interpretations of Hafez. Christopher Shackle describes The Gift as "not so much a paraphrase as a parody of the wondrously wrought style of the greatest master of Persian art-poetry."

Ladinsky's work has garnered positive commentary from Akbar S. Ahmed and been favorably endorsed by The Christian Science Monitor writer, Alexandra Marks, and has been quoted in contemporary Muslim American non-fiction. Some hail Ladinsky's contemporary work for creating an immediate access to the spirit and intention of Hafiz' verse. Ladinsky authored a short essay in the form of an review, entitled My Portrait of Hafiz, that offers a description of the process and background of his work. The Islamic Foundation of North America has used Ladinsky's The Gift in a children's Islamic Literature curriculum.. He has also reviewed contemporary poetry, such as Full on Arrival.

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SLASALLE 10/10/2010 1:43PM

    What an amazing poem!!! You always manage to come up with a new one to inspire me, my dear friend.


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TX_3XDAD 10/8/2010 11:03AM

    It's a poem powerful in its simplicity. The plea for forgiveness is timely: the Jewish Day of Atonement was just a couple of weeks ago, a time when Jews must ask for forgiveness for their transgressions against others and make what amends they must not just to the person, but to themselves, to modify their behaviors so as not to commit those transgressions against others in the future.

Love your posts, and thanks for reading mine!

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DDOORN 10/8/2010 3:55AM

    I had a college psychology professor who said that his goal each day when he awoke was to do a little harm as possible to others as he made his way through the day. He taught Sensitivity to Children. As long as students completed the work he required he gave an "A" to every student as he detested the grading system.

Wonderful verse...both here AND on my nature blog! Thx so much 'Maha! :-)


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CARRAND 10/7/2010 10:14PM

    Wonderful. Thank you. I love your blogs.

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WALKINGANNIE 10/7/2010 1:46PM

    Thank you for another beautiful blog and for broadening my horizons.

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KALIGIRL 10/7/2010 1:05PM

    Here's to not stumbling and lessening each other's pain.
Namaste my friend.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/7/2010 10:30AM

    Beautiful. Thank you!

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PEACEFULONE 10/7/2010 10:17AM

    Thank you again, Maha, for all the beauty you bring to this site and into my world. Have a fabulous, wonderful, better than ever day!

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JUGE300000 10/7/2010 8:10AM

    I enjoyed this poem.


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DENI_ZEN 10/7/2010 7:58AM

    Ladinsky sounds like an outstanding translator. That's an art requiring thorough understanding of meaning as well as semantics, and without that knowledge - or if the translator cannot manage to convey it - the work remains in a foreign tongue. - Sandi emoticon

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Yummers: Nobby Apple Cake

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

About a week ago, I got this recipe off of someone's(???) blog, and I don't have a CLUE who it was. Anyone? I'd love to give credit to whoever I got it from because my housemate and I LOVED IT!

YAY! WILLOW49 posted below...and it was her blog that I lifted the nobby cake from! THANKS SO MUCH Willow (bowing and scraping)! I'm going to make it again this weekend (many pears to use!), and this time I'm going to cut down on the sugar by 1/2-1/3.

Molasses is a key ingredient...and not only does it add a distinctive taste to this cake, but blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health: It is an excellent source of manganese and copper, a very good source of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium and a good source of vitamin B6 and selenium.

I looked up the word nobby and it's British slang, and means fashionable or elegant; stylish; chic. On the other hand "knobby" is a rounded projection from a surface, such as a lump on a tree trunk. The way the diced fruit projects out of the surface makes me think that the latter spelling, Knobby Apple Cake, would more accurately describe this dessert.

Nobby Apple Cake


3/4 c. sugar (I used granulated cane juice crystals, aka Sucanat)
2 T. butter, softened
1/4 c. blackstrap molasses
1 egg, beaten (if I don't have eggs I substitute 2Tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbsp. water)
3 c. chopped apples (I have also used pears)
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
1 t. vanilla

1 c. flour (I use 100% WW)
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda


Cream sugar and butter; add molasses, beaten egg and mix well. Add apples, nuts and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and combine well with apple mixture. It's an odd-looking concoction, very thick.

Spread evenly into a greased 8 or 9" square pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes (I double the recipe and use a 9"x13" dish; it takes more like 45-55 minutes). Serve hot or cold.

My housemate and I both love this.

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MZZCHIEF 2/9/2011 6:25PM

    I bet I can make this one with some "fake" flour.
Thanks for the heads up!
: )

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SLASALLE 10/10/2010 1:40PM

    This is definitely apple and pear season, so this looks like a very versatile recipe. Our organic produce that we get each week has lots of new apples that I've not tried before and we're requesting them to try new types. Have you ever heard of Sansa or Tsagura apples? We've also been getting some great pears, several different types.

I just may be using this recipe tonight!!! I bet you can switch the nuts also ... I have some awesome organic pecans that would probably be every bit as good as walnuts, although we have those too!!!



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CARRAND 10/7/2010 10:29PM

    Makes me wish I wasn't gluten intolerant. I could maybe make it with rice floor or some other GF substitute.

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PEACEFULONE 10/7/2010 10:05AM

    Looking forward to making this for family this weekend. Thank you for sharing!
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PUDLECRAZY 10/7/2010 6:37AM

    Oh my, that looks yummy! I was picturing nobby to be chunky (ergo full of delightful apple lumps) - thanks for looking it up. I have copied the recipe and saved it, hopefully to make this evening. You know me - I'll make it with just the apples and molasses as sweetener.

Thanks for the post.


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LYNNANN43 10/6/2010 11:29PM

    Sounds so YUMMY!

I just copied & pasted the recipe. I'm going to make it tomorrow!


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WILLOW49 10/6/2010 11:03PM

    I posted this recipe! Glad you like it :)

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DDOORN 10/6/2010 10:18PM

    Can't vouch for how close this resembles our recipe, but this is one of our favorites! Yum is RIGHT! :-)


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GIVEUP30 10/6/2010 10:02PM

    sound great I like using molasses
sorry don't know owner

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To imbibe, or not to imbibe....

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The title of today's blog is the headline for a most interesting article I read today in the Life section of USA Today. Though I didn't find it on their website, I DID find the article:

The article says in part, "Yet despite these hazards (the link between alcohol and breast cancer), because alcohol also reduces the risk of coronary artery disease, studies have found that women who indulged in a drink or two a day actually had a slightly lower overall risk of dying from a heart attack....The risk of dying from a sudden heart rhythm disturbance drops, too, by 36 percent, for women who have a drink a day...."

Sooooo, I started wondering whether the heart benefits of wine were equally available by eating the grapes themselves or drinking pure grape juice? Here's a Mayo Clinic response to that question:

Answer from Martha Grogan, M.D.

"It's thought that red or purple grape products may reduce your risk of heart disease by relaxing your blood vessels, allowing your blood to more easily flow. This benefit is most likely due to substances called antioxidants found in the skin and seeds of grapes — especially dark red and purple grapes. One particularly important antioxidant, resveratrol, is also found in grape juice — especially juice made from dark purple Concord grapes.

"Recent studies have suggested that red and purple grape juices may provide some of the same heart benefits of red wine, including:

* Reducing the risk of blood clots
* Reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol
* Preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart
* Helping maintain a healthy blood pressure

"Both red wine and grape juice also contain antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been shown to increase your high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good") cholesterol and lower your risk of clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), and may help lower blood pressure.

"Eating whole red or purple grapes has benefits, as well. Some research suggests eating whole grapes also delivers the same antioxidants that are in grape juice and wine. You also get the benefit of the fiber if you eat whole grapes.

"These findings on grape juice are good news for people who want the cardiovascular benefits of red wine without the alcohol. Remember, if you do choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation — no more than one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men."

Though I don't generally drink juices (I prefer the fruits from which the juice is derived), Knudsen's Organic Concord Grape 100% Juice is my choice when I do! Funny thing, I used to hesitate to buy it because of the price. But when I compare it to a good bottle of wine (other than the Trader Joe's Shaw wine!), it's a bargain!

With Kaligirl's comment about polyphenols (a type of antioxidant), I had something else to investigate!

First of all, "Polyphenols are chemicals found in foods that help to prevent the damage of free radicals in the body---unstable molecules that can damage the arteries and cause numerous health problems. Different types of polyphenols exist, and eating a wide variety of foods will ensure you get the healthiest diet possible. Several studies have been conducted in an attempt to learn which foods contribute the highest levels of polyphenols to our bodies."

I wanted to know more about these food sources of them. The one I quoted from above was especially concise, and continued:

"The USDA lists blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, citrus fruits and other fruits as good sources of polyphenols...dark grapes, bilberries, cherries, apples, dark plums, blackberries and blueberries were all good sources as well. Fruit juices, such as grape juice, can render especially high levels of polyphenols. All fruits contain polyphenols or other antioxidants, and a healthy diet should contain around three servings of color-rich berries, citrus, melons, fruits with a pit or other fruits each day."

The article continues, discussing all food sources for polyphenols:

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GOANNA2 10/6/2010 4:53PM

    Thank you my friend for the wonderful blog.

I have the Mediterranean anaemia(thalassemia)
and have been told I should be drinking red wine.

I love red gapes so what am I waiting for?

Have a great day.

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WALKINGANNIE 10/6/2010 4:23PM

    Wow. What an informative blog.

Many thanks for your research and sharing.


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SHERYLDS 10/6/2010 11:48AM

    I eat the grapes to your health

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/6/2010 11:23AM

    Me gustan las uvas!! emoticon Besos y brazos, Francesca

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/6/2010 9:49AM

    Thanks for sharing that. I don't drink, so it's good to know there are other ways I can get similar benefits.

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PUDLECRAZY 10/6/2010 6:23AM

    This blog makes me miss you; it was fun to talk to you in person, and I hope we have the opportunity in our travels to do that again.

I do drink a glass of red wine several days a week. I am conflicted about both red wine and about grape juice. The grape juice has so many fruit sugars it triggers a hypoglycemia event later in the day if I drink a cup of it. I do not find that to be the case with the wine. On the other hand, I have a family history of breast cancer, so the wine may be a very poor choice for me.

Nutrition is a very complex issue, and new discoveries are constantly being made about the nutritional value or harm of various food sources. I like to keep up with the new info, with the knowledge that there may be conflicting reports the following year. Who knew chocolate was so good for you 20 years ago???

Fresh fruits and veggies of many colors and shapes, organic if possible, well washed if not, whole grains, and unprocessed foods lead my groceries choices. I am grateful to live in a small town where organic foods are available in the main groceries store, and where there are farmer's markets and food co-ops.

This is the perfect place to blog about foods that are good for you. Of course, I also love your poetry blogs.

Have a lovely Wednesday, my friend!


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CARRAND 10/5/2010 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing this important information. My husband drinks grape juice every day. Maybe he's got the right idea. I keep thinking I'm going to drink red wine every day, but I forget to do it. I do eat blueberries every day. Hopefully that will be enough.

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KALIGIRL 10/5/2010 9:41PM

    I'm not a grape juice drinker (actually not a juice drinker @ all). I do consume black table grapes daily and have concords planted in my backyard. (Looking for grapes next season). I enjoy my glass of red wine high in polyphenol (now 5 days a week). The high polyphenol is not so much a disease fighter as a longevity aid.
So I raise my glass of Sardinian Cannonau red wine to you as you enjoy your Knudsen Concord grape juice.
Namaste my friend.

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MISS_VIV 10/5/2010 9:28PM

    The price is definitely better than some of the other shelf wines.

If you EVER get a chance - here is one you would really like.

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DENI_ZEN 10/5/2010 9:26PM

    Outstanding blog entry, Maha...and very much in time for all the upcoming holidays, as people usually celebrate with wine at dinner. I LOVE that R.W. Knudsen grape juice! Great choice! Another rich source of similar antioxidants is blueberries, which I also adore. My internist recommended that I eat all kinds of berries, so I love cranberries, too. They're a "berry" good choice! ;) - Sandi emoticon

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The Words Under the Words

Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspired this morning by my friend PennyAn's sharing of some of the riches of one of my heroes, poet-philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson,
I decided to share a poignant poem by a contemporary poet-philosopher -- Naomi Shihab Nye, a political, spiritual Palestinian-American from Texas(!), who also *speaks to* my heart, mind, and soul.

The blog title, The Words Under the Words, is the name of the collection in which this piece is found. (I highly recommend anything by her!)
I love what the great poet William Stafford says about her, "Reading her work enhances life."


These shriveled seeds we plant,
corn kernel, dried bean,
poke into loosened soil,
cover over with measured fingertips

These T-shirts we fold into
perfect white squares

These tortillas we slice and fry to crisp strips
This rich egg scrambled in a gray clay bowl

This bed whose covers I straighten
smoothing edges till blue quilt fits brown blanket
and nothing hangs out

This envelope I address
so the name balances like a cloud
in the center of sky

This page I type and retype
This table I dust till the scarred wood shines
This bundle of clothes I wash and hang and wash again
like flags we share, a country so close
no one needs to name it

The days are nouns: touch them
The hands are churches that worship the world

~ Naomi Shihab Nye ~
(The Words Under the Words)

Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University.

Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, as well as 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East, Fuel (1998), Red Suitcase (1994), and Hugging the Jukebox (1982).

Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit. About her work, the poet William Stafford has said, "her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life."

Nye has received awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Carity Randall Prize, the International Poetry Forum, as well as four Pushcart Prizes. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. In 1988 she received The Academy of American Poets' Lavan Award, selected by W. S. Merwin.

Her poems and short stories have appeared in various journals and reviews throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia for the United States Information Agency three times, promoting international goodwill through the arts.

She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.

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PUDLECRAZY 10/4/2010 8:48PM

    Ahhh, thank you for another poem, Maha!

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SLASALLE 9/29/2010 6:18PM

    Maha, I just have to know right now!! How many amazing poets and authors are you going to introduce me to??? Should I buy stock in Barnes & Noble??? LOL

All kidding aside, you broaden my literary horizons that for so many years were tied up with textbooks.

Thank you!


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CARRAND 9/24/2010 8:19PM

    I always enjoy the poems you share. Thank you.

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DENI_ZEN 9/24/2010 7:06PM

    Thank you so much for sharing Naomi's beautiful, evocative words with us, Maha :) - Sandi emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/24/2010 7:00PM

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing this.

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WATERMELLEN 9/24/2010 6:56PM

    Nice: thanks!!

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GOANNA2 9/24/2010 6:22PM

    What a beautiful picture and loved the words too. emoticon

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JUGE300000 9/24/2010 4:45PM

    Nice poem.


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WALKINGANNIE 9/24/2010 2:40PM

    Thank you for the words and for the wonderful image Maha. The light and colour in the sky is amazing. It's almost hypnotic.


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KALIGIRL 9/24/2010 1:05PM

    "The days are nouns: touch them" - if only we lived our days and truly touched them...
emoticon my friend for sharing this piece.

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SIRIRADHA 9/24/2010 12:55PM

    Thank you for enhancing my life, too!

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JEANNETTE59 9/24/2010 12:36PM

  Thank you so much, these were the words I needed today emoticon

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SparkPeople BEAT the odds!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I read this depressing news in Daily Finance today. It's just the sort of thing that we SparkPeople are out to defeat by taking control of our health and our lives!

Whenever I see obese people, I immediately think about how the Spark Program could guide them in changing their life! There's gotta' be a way to share this great resource without offending others...?

By Greg Kellerap

PARIS -Citizens of the world's richest countries are getting fatter and fatter and the United States is leading the charge, an organization of leading economies said Thursday in its first ever obesity forecast.

Three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020, and disease rates and health care spending will balloon, unless governments, individuals and industry cooperate on a comprehensive strategy to combat the epidemic, the study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

The Paris-based organization, which brings together 33 of the world's leading economies, is better known for forecasting deficit and employment levels than for measuring waistlines. But the economic cost of excess weight -- in health care, and in lives cut short and resources wasted -- is a growing concern for many governments.

Franco Sassi, the OECD senior health economist who authored the report, blamed the usual suspects for the increase.

"Food is much cheaper than in the past, in particular food that is not particularly healthy, and people are changing their lifestyles, they have less time to prepare meals and are eating out more in restaurants," said Sassi, a former London School of Economics lecturer who worked on the report for three years.

That plus the fact that people are much less physically active than in the past means that the ranks of the overweight have swelled to nearly 70 percent in the U.S. this year from well under 50 percent in 1980, according to the OECD.

In 10 years, a full 75 percent of Americans will be overweight, making it "the fattest country in the OECD," the report said.

The same factors driving the epidemic in the U.S. are also at work in other wealthy and developing countries, Sassi said. "There is a frightening increase in the epidemic," Sassi said, "We've not reached the plateau yet."

The lifespan of an obese person is up to 8-10 years shorter than that of a normal-weight person, the OECD said, the same loss of lifespan incurred by smoking.

In the U.S. the cost in dollars of obesity, including higher health care spending and lost production, is already equivalent to 1 percent of the country's total gross domestic product, the report said. That compares to half a percent in other OECD countries, Sassi said.

These costs could rise two- or threefold over the coming years, the OECD said, citing another study that forecast obesity and overweight-related health care costs would rise 70 percent by 2015 and could be 2.4 times higher than the current level in 2025.

The OECD found that rates of obesity, defined as a body mass index above 30, show a wide variation across its member countries, ranging from as little as 3-4 percent of the population in Japan and Korea to around one-third in the U.S. and Mexico.

"However, rates are also increasing in these countries," the OECD said. Outside the OECD, obesity rates are rising at similarly fast rates in countries such as Brazil, China, India and Russia.

The OECD advises governments on economic growth, social development and financial stability.

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_VALEO_ 9/29/2010 4:12PM

    Scaring because it is disease that is spreading worldwide. And unfortunately it is associated with the pauperization of our societes.

I have no answer to your question as how to spread the Spark? Very tough question indeed.

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DENI_ZEN 9/28/2010 7:01PM

    I am so glad you've written about this dire situation, Maha! I saw this, too - and thought I was having a nightmare. It's so heartbreaking... When I'm out and about most days, I see so many people who are overweight or obese. I've been one of them for most of my life. We're barraged by images of unhealthy food - if not actual "food pushers" - wherever we go. Thanks for helping us to keep our eyes wide open! - Sandi


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B_HORTON 9/24/2010 9:19AM

    Very enlightening blog - thanks for sharing the article. All the more reason for all of us to step up our game to Spread the Spark!!!!

We are indeed, beating the odds.


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FRANCESCANAZ 9/24/2010 6:17AM

    Very sad indeed!

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SUCHAHOOT 9/23/2010 10:23PM

    WHEW!! Sad, scary...BUT not our destiny! We are making the necessary changes!

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CARRAND 9/23/2010 9:46PM

    It's pretty scary, isn't it? One thing that would help is to design suburbs so that people could actually walk to places and not have to drive everywhere. I walked up to the tire store to pick up my car after getting new tires installed and felt in danger the whole walk because there were no sidewalks, combined with lots of traffic.

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GOANNA2 9/23/2010 5:46PM

    The frightening stats are the same in Australia.
All the more reason to follow Spark and get more
people on board. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/23/2010 3:55PM

    Well I am going to beat this expectation and lower my wt. Also I told someone about the spark at the grocery store the other day, haven't seen a comment from her but hey she was reading the spark so who knows.

I am determined again after a very down blog a few days ago, that I will beat this unhealthy eating and lose this 50 lbs before it gets to be more, cos I remember when it was 25!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/23/2010 3:52PM

    The problem is easy to demonstrate, but we know what the solutions are for us.

The issue is persuading other people that the Spark solution can work.

Thanks for sharing and prompting some thinking. If we could all just Spark 1 or 2 people.......

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SLASALLE 9/23/2010 3:51PM

    Yeah, this news is all over the place now - this is not the first I've heard of it. It's disheartening.

Part of the reason I CHOSE not to have kids is that I realized how much of a sacrifice it would be if I did it right. I struggle enough just to try and keep myself healthy by cooking at home, eating organic, keeping up on all of the research - it's all very time-consuming.

I'm trying to beat the odds too!! Thanks, Maha!

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JEANNETTE59 9/23/2010 3:23PM

  All the more reason to spead the Spark emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/23/2010 3:12PM

    And the kids are getting programmed to a lifetime of unhealthy habits because it's easier to keep a kid entertained and 'safe', in front computer, than in physical activities in the streets. Lots of parents need to understand that their kids are not their "eating buddies", and that they are slowly killing their children.

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TRIGFROST 9/23/2010 2:58PM

    the Picture tells it all.... emoticon

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MISS_VIV 9/23/2010 2:57PM

    tHANKS for this interesting article. We are bombarded everyday about how obesity is striking down our young people. It is time to take CHARGE and that what I hope we are all doing here at SP........... Educate and encourage others that life does not have to be in the 'FAT LANE'.. We can do it.

Thanks and happy autumn.

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