Part of a two-week series on the pull of bad influences in our lives and in the culture.
I found out that I was pregnant on Christmas Day, 2011. I am due on September 4. I had my first drink (not counting a sip of champagne on New Year’s) on March 25, 2012. It was a Michelob Ultra I received after finishing the Shamrock Shuffle 8K. I figured that I earned the beer after running the race, without stopping, in under an hour, plus, a Michelob Ultra hardly counts as a drink. It was delicious and felt a little bit naughty, which was a sensation I realized I missed from [...]
Above is a CPAP sales and info booth in a major Midwest mall. CPAP machines treat sleep apnea, a brutal disorder on the rise thanks, in part, to American obesity. We are now so fat that dropping by the midway's CPAP booth is as mundane as hitting the Sunglass Hut and Orange Julius. We're fat. Not news. But all that blubber is a lifestyle choice. The consequence of living well. No regrets. So you may get sleep apnea; other than killing yourself early (which some argue is economically beneficial) or making flights to Houston even more uncomfortable, where's the harm? Well, for starters, a mountain of recent data [...]