The Peloton Ad, Disney World and Dystopia

The Peloton Ad, Disney World and Dystopia

In November, the exercise bike company Peloton released an advertisement that many viewers have derided as sexist and even dystopian. But while some criticisms of the Peloton ad ring true, others miss the message and ignore more pressing health issues. The Peloton Ad In the Peloton ad in question, a … Read more

Do Doctors Have a Moral Obligation to Provide Physical Wellness Training?

In a recent article on the website Total Brain Health titled “Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Provide Brain Wellness Training?”, Dr. Cynthia Green argues that medical practitioners have a burden to educate and empower patients to improve their brain health. As evidence, Green cites the magnitude of dementia, … Read more

Army Introduces Gender-Neutral Fitness Standards

Army Introduces Gender-Neutral Fitness Standards

The United States Army has announced new gender-neutral physical fitness standards for its Combat Readiness Test. The new assessment will have six components: Deadlift: soldiers lift their maximum weight three times Standing power throw: soldiers throw a ten-pound medicine ball as far as possible behind them T push-ups: soldiers lower … Read more

Should You Walk or Stand on the Escalator?

Escalator at Holborn Station in London

There is a generally accepted etiquette to traveling by escalator: if you want to stand, move to one side (usually the right); if you prefer to walk, do so on the other (usually left). Those who choose to walk are perceived to do so because they are in a hurry … Read more

Is Health a Moral Issue?

Is Health a Virtue?

With obesity and diabetes on the rise in the United States and so-called “sin taxes” on sodas and fast foods touted as public health measures, several critics have pushed back against this association of poor health and vice. In “Stop making health and well-being a moral issue,” Rafael Euba argues … Read more

The Fallacy of the American Low-Fat Diet

The Fallacy of the American Low-Fat Diet

Last year, I compared the Swedish government’s new recommendation of a diet low or moderate in carbohydrates and high in fat to the longstanding American government’s recommendation of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet to argue that governments shouldn’t be making these kinds of recommendations in the first place. A recent study … Read more

Can a Push for Fitness Help Revive a Community?

Can a Push for Fitness Revive a Community?

Two women from Englewood, a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, are organizing the first-ever race through their community. Englewood has become known around Chicago for its high crime figures, but Andrea NaTay Drane and Ariana Taylor hope to change that story. “I took up jogging to lose weight. I would jog a … Read more

Vibram FiveFingers to Pay Millions

Vibram FiveFingers to Pay Millions

Continuing in the vein of personal responsibility and risk versus reward, Vibram will pay $3.75 million to runners who became injured after using their minimalist FiveFingers shoes. Having owned a pair of FiveFingers for over three years without injury, I wonder how many runners followed Vibram’s advice for wearing their … Read more

Sitting and Physical Disability

Sitting and Physical Disability

Previous studies have already demonstrated links between increased sitting and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early mortality. Now new research shows each additional hour of sitting over the course of a day is correlated with a 50% increase in the risk of becoming physically disabled.