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Friday, March 07, 2014

Some of us have it better than others based purely on where we were born. Like, a lot better.


This, too, is a really fascinating website:

What strikes me as I examine this chart is how much many of our weight-related concerns here at SparkPeople (the minutiae of which are often discussed ad nauseum in a never-ending self-indulgent loop) are 'first-world problems'.

I know I just shocked you with that statement. Hear me out...

Yes. I realise that weight and fitness levels impact everything from our quality of life, to the societal cost of health care. I'm not minimizing the importance of these details.

Do you realise that, according to the chart above... whether or not you improve your BMI or fitness levels... simply because of *where you were born* and where you live, you will still out-live the majority of the world's population?

How about that you even have access to a resource like SparkPeople?

Maybe it's time to make the most of this opportunity... be open to new ideas, allow yourself to be challenged and grow... become who you are called to be....

...and then go back out into that larger world depicted here, and see if you can become part of the changes that would raise the life-expectancy bar for everyone.

By virtue of your place of birth, you have been given an average of around 15-20 years in which to do so.

How about we all make the most of those years?

I pray your Via Dolorosa is blessed... that you arise to new life in whatever way you need it this next Easter Sunday morning! Throughout this Lenten season may the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours, moment by moment, in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

May God abundantly bless you, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you; and as you rise to new life with our Lord and Savior, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

{{{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}}

P.S. And if that weren't enough to consider, how about this (speaking of perspective and first-world problems):

Want to change the world? Build a better maxi pad www.salon.com/2014/03/05

How many times in a woman's life does she wish some man could really know what it's like to be a woman? Appently this, too, is a first-world problem....

...Because YOU - your hopes, your dreams, your needs, your desires, you as the architect of your life - are the best reason of all!



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Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga


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Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.

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Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism

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    This is a really interesting blog considering all of the "to-do" about healthcare in the United States these days. So many people still can't afford their healthcare. I listened to a fascinating story today on NPR about exploring the genome to improve preventive medicine. The doctor was talking about how he is heterozygous for the gene that causes Alzheimer's disease, but a recent brain scan shows no amyloid, therefore he carries the alleles that protect him from developing the disease (thus far). So now they are trying to focus on finding these alleles and as such develop gene therapy in people that carry the gene for Alzheimer's. Not only was it "cool", but it really just brought up the idea of preventive medicine being so important. I feel like being here on SP and focusing on our health is preventive medicine to help us outdo these life expectancy numbers. Thank you for posting this. I had to think a lot about my husband, who has always been naturally thin and has never been an athlete and has never been interested in healthy eating. He's always just naturally gravitated toward healthy food. But now, in the U.S., it is so much easier to make poor choices (not so in Israel) and I feel like he is becoming really unhealthy. I think it may have to be my job to get him on track. He's so unhealthy - smokes, eats Mexican drive-thru burritos every day, doesn't do any exercise. I don't want to reach my life expectancy if he isn't there with me for the journey. Thank you for bringing this topic up - it has been weighing heavily on my mind lately!
    1565 days ago
  • GUNNSGIRL91303
    Very interesting stuff Ramona! emoticon
    1567 days ago
    While I'm aware that AIDS, civil war, malaria, poor/no health care, lack of schools, and no social safety net (all things those of us with longer life expectancy can help ameliorate in those extra years priviledge of birth allows us) play a huge part in the low life expectancy numbers for Africa, I wasn't aware that obesity would even factor in... thanks for sharing. I'm certain that your UK birthplace WILL play a role for your kids and grandkids!

    1569 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2014 2:13:37 PM
  • SHEILA1505
    Appalled to see South Africa so low at 49! Hope my UK birthplace has an effect for my SA-born DKs and DGKs! For many here, obesity is a symbol of 'prosperity' and 'success'
    1569 days ago
    CJ, Monaco's secret is that the population (area of 0.78 sq mi, and 36,371 people) is rich, rich, RICH (boasts the world's highest national income)... the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita in the world, with an average yearly income per person at $183,150, 0% unemployment (over 48,000 workers commute from France and Italy each day... so the majority of the work is done by people outside Monaco), no income taxes, state operated schools, and health care is 62.5% public funded (the rest is private health care... presumably for all of those millionaires and billionaires).

    ...Not hard to see how one could live to be 90 in Monaco: no worries about any of the essentials of life, and the opportunity to simply take care of oneself.
    1569 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2014 10:07:04 AM
    Ah yes. First-world problems. I keep reminding myself that so many of the issues I deal with on a daily basis are minutiae.

    I am wondering what Monaco's secret is. There average expected age of death was 90? What's that about? Japan was low 80's. Is it the air there?

    What is Via Dolorosa?

    1569 days ago
    Ramona, you continue to amaze me with the resources you have uncovered. Thanks for sharing. We are such a blessed population, just because of where we are born. Too many of us take it for granted.
    1569 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Interesting!! Thanks for sharing.
    1569 days ago
  • KATHY47802
    Wow! So much information! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of this - I look forward to sitting down tonight and re-reading this more in-depth

    1570 days ago
  • BERRY4
    It definitely has been a written change for me (something that I've come to realize over the past 10+ years). I must look upward and outward for perspective! It is the only way I can keep from looking at my own perceived "misery". And that's a DEAD end!

    So, yes, we are blessed! And with that blessing, we would do well to bless others!
    1570 days ago
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