Monday, October 31, 2016

No on 2H - it's not about healthy kids


Don't worry, I'm not going to be spouting the FUD that's been going around (like in the attached image that 2H is a grocery tax!). What we really have going on with 2H is an astroturfing battle of large corporations where you're caught in the middle.

To date $1.2 million dollars have been wasted on campaigning for/against this government-growing tax - that's because big money is behind this, not your best interests.

First, a little history: for decades, the industrial food suppliers have been funding research and research institutes to produce the scientific results that they want - a calorie is a calorie. This is the claim that only reason you are sick and overweight is because you eat too much. If all food is considered the same, then there's no liability for producing and marketing food that is specifically fattening or sickening. So these companies have a vested interest in creating the narrative "everything in moderation" and "anything can be part of a well-balanced diet".

The most recent and blatant ethical failure was the GEBN (the Global Energy Balance Network), an initiative to produce scientific results that show that calories-in-calories-out (energy balance) was the whole story in obesity. The University of Colorado was forced to repay their "donations" when it was discovered that Coca Cola was the primary "sponsor" of GEBN and they donated lots of money to CU to show that sugary drinks were fine "in moderation".

Additionally, Coke has been a big sponsor of the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) - one of the biggest accreditation centers for the S&C world. (Side note: people are often surprised that I don't have any of the myriad of certificates in the S&C world. It's associations like this that I won't support by giving them my money to get a certificate. No one certifies in a way that I find acceptable, so I won't join their club.) Coke has been strongly affecting the NSCA's narrative on diet and fitness because of their large sponsorship.

CrossFit HQ called the NSCA out for the conflict of interest. I may disagree with what the CrossFit culture has become, but I do like the strongly outspoken libertarian stance that CrossFit HQ does hold. To make a long story short: CrossFit calls out Coke and the NSCA. The NSCA publishes a fraudulent paper that shows that CrossFit has an anomalously high injury rate. CrossFit sues NSCA. CrossFit attacks Coke in the media.

Basically Coke and CrossFit have been at each other's throats for a couple of years now. The only way to fight the behemoth that is Coke is to leverage the power of government. There has been a strong astroturfing effort to bring up "Added Sugar Taxes" in local governments across the country: Berkeley, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and now Boulder.

These initiatives look like they're coming from well-meaning health-focused places (like CrossFit gyms) and they're worded like they're saving the children (e.g., the Boulder Healthy Kids initiative). But this is just one big company fighting another big company, and your family's pocket book is caught in the middle.

You may think that drinking sugar water is bad - and I do - but is it worth permanently expanding government and increasing the cost of all of your groceries just to prove a point? This will make government bigger and cost more. And this will make all of your groceries cost more, not just the sugar water. I'm not trying to be an alarmist here, but there is no way you can add a selective tax with zero administrative costs on the collector (government) side or on the payer (grocery store) side.

Don't let a hissy fit between two large companies affect our local government or our local grocery stores. There are better ways to dissuade folks from drinking sugar water than a tax.



Workout

squat 3x5
2 pull-ups between sets

then

5 times through the ladder:
5-4-3-2-1 KB jerk (no need for long cycle clean) each arm
increase weight each time, reset when you restart the ladder
this is not timed (other than you need to be done before class is over), take your time and prioritize precision of movement over speed.



Endurance Option

accumulate 15 squats at 5RM
2 pull-ups between sets

then/or

5 times through the ladder:
5-4-3-2-1 KB jerk (no need for long cycle clean) each arm
increase weight each time, reset when you restart the ladder
this is not timed (other than you need to be done before class is over), take your time and prioritize precision of movement over speed.



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