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30 Jul

What Does a 410 Pound Weight Loss Really Look Like?

If this doesn’t inspire, I don’t know what will. This young man went from being beached on his sofa at a whale of a weigh-in (630 pounds!) to a healthy, fit 220. I’ll spare you the most shocking pictures of his series of skin removal surgeries (click here to see them all).

23 Jul

Perspective and Priorities

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- via Strange New Products

When it comes to water, we really need more options. It’s not enough that we have potable, low-cost drinking water at our convenient disposal. We still can’t seem to appreciate it, let alone drink it. That’s why there’s PUR Flavor Options. With the press of a button, delicious, sugar-free raspberry, peach or strawberry water is yours! Why, how delightful! A flavor cartridge is only 10 dollars and fits conveniently into your existing PUR filtration system. You can enjoy as many as 75 glasses of flavored water. Buy all three for only 30 dollars and enjoy hundreds of glasses of flavored water all month long! Just think how much more water your family will drink now that it’s not boring anymore. Think of the monotonous, life-sucking agony you will avert when you no longer have to drink virtually free, pure, clean water.

You know what else only costs 30 dollars?

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Saving the life of an actual child.

One-fifth of the world’s population does not have access to drinkable water.

4,500 children die every day from lack of drinkable water. And over 2 million people die every year because of poor quality water or dehydration. Every seven minutes, a child dies from dehydration.

Here are some water facts. Here are some more. It breaks my heart that we have such a bloated sense of ennui we actually think we deserve things like PUR flavored water. Sure, it’s not “our fault” that pain and suffering exist. And we all need enjoyment and variety. I guess.

But we don’t need bottled water in this country. We don’t really even need filtered water, let alone flavored filtered water. And we don’t need to spend 2 bucks a pop on Ethos Water to help dying children – we need to drink from the tap and send that 2 bucks to Africa. I’m sure the Ethos people are nice and I bet they really enjoy their private jets and yachts, which is wonderful, but we can all do a lot better. We could use a little horrifying.

Just a thought. Donate here. Or here.

6/27/07 EDITOR’S UPDATE: Aquafina, bite us.

23 Jul

Size Matters

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Manufacturers are making larger car seats to accommodate heavy children.

Restaurants have expanded seating sizes (and so have amusement parks).

Even medical equipment has required super-sizing.

In fact, expanding the sizes of chair, belts, booths, and other common widgets is one of the hottest areas of product development in business right now.

At the current rate, we will achieve 100% child obesity in America by 2044 and 100% total population obesity by 2058.

What does obesity look like in dollars, numbers and lives? Learn why obesity is such a “big” deal.

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20 Jul

America: We’re #1 All Right

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Nothing has changed. Yet. What do you think is the single most important change that must occur?

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19 Jul

In Which the Food Nerds Hijack the Blog

Would ya look at this place? Sisson leaves town for five seconds and it all goes to food. Aaron’s going to be posting your weekly dose of Smart Fuel later today. No word from His Omnipotence the Fuji yet, but if you’re really good, you might get lucky. For now, I’d like to share a curious trend I’m noticing of late. Both online and off, I’m seeing new shapes for the same old foods. Well played, agriculture, well played.

Square watermelons

Japan is all over the square melon market now. Just check it out:

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Cubed eggs

Why? Duh. Because you can!

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Landotter Flickr Photo (CC)

Zucchini balls

This is brilliant. Slice ‘em up and fry your zucchini patties in some olive oil and sea salt, top with a little shredded parmesan, and you’ve just found yourself a replacement for fried chicken.

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Personal watermelons

It’s a good year for melons. This is even better than a square melon. It’s a personal melon. It’s little and cute and personal. It’s all mine, and I like that. However, personal melon though it may be, the question remains: does it come with its own neoprene sleeve available in five fresh colors of my choice? (Apologies for a picture of the sign instead of the actual melon in question. I’m only brilliant Monday through Wednesday. You know how it is.)

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Further reading:

Chicken Cutlets Are Not Out to Get You

The Bees Hit the Grocery Store’s Middle Aisles

What We Really Need Is More Cowbell

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