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Through the wonderfully random vicissitudes of fashion, it has finally happened: i am in. These next couple of weeks will be ones to cherish.

On other fronts, I think this cat sitting gig might sour me on little kitties for good. I've never known a worse cat. He's fiercely independent during the day--oh no, he would never cuddle. But around 4 in the morning, he stomps all over your head with affection. Oh yeah, and to express his annoyance during the day, he likes to poops in the bathtub. It stained. I am worried about my mentor (for whom I am housesitting) coming home and seeing the brown stains. Yes, I already tried scrubbing with Comet. No, these possible complications were not spelled out, even in the fine print. Any suggestions?

hawk, I don't know what your friend might think, but I might need more than 1 saketini this evening.


When are we going to realize that the way we eat is simply not sane? These are some recent stats in the April 5th issue of JAMA, describing how obesity has increased in just the last 6 years.

In 2003-2004, 17.1% of US children and adolescents were overweight and 32.2% of adults were obese. Tests for trend were significant for male and female children and adolescents, indicating an increase in the prevalence of overweight in female children and adolescents from 13.8% in 1999-2000 to 16.0% in 2003-2004 and an increase in the prevalence of overweight in male children and adolescents from 14.0% to 18.2%. Among men, the prevalence of obesity increased significantly between 1999-2000 (27.5%) and 2003-2004 (31.1%). Among women, no significant increase in obesity was observed between 1999-2000 (33.4%) and 2003-2004 (33.2%). The prevalence of extreme obesity (body mass index ≥40) in 2003-2004 was 2.8% in men and 6.9% in women. In 2003-2004, significant differences in obesity prevalence remained by race/ethnicity and by age. Approximately 30% of non-Hispanic white adults were obese as were 45.0% of non-Hispanic black adults and 36.8% of Mexican Americans. Among adults aged 20 to 39 years, 28.5% were obese while 36.8% of adults aged 40 to 59 years and 31.0% of those aged 60 years or older were obese in 2003-2004.

What can we do?
1. Work to improve school lunch programs.
2. Include nutrition education as a standard part of the curriculum. This would be incredibly helpful. I know a ton of super educated, highly intelligent people who are very confused about nutrition.
3. Walk
4. Petition to have advertisers prevented from marketing food to children
5. Prevent sodas and candy machines from being in schools. A huge part of the reason they were allowed in to begin with is the underfunding of schools.
6. Create education programs for doctors. We psychologists do month-long interventions to have the same effect as a few pieces of advice given by a trusted physician.

The whole issue makes me long for a hard right turn in my career, from stereotypes to the obesity epidemic.
How I would love to study the effects of weight and diet on DNA damage and telomeres.