In this interview, Gary Schwitzer of Health News Review explains.
Where will the funds come from to pay for our health care system?
THE NATIONAL DEBT PROBLEM
The U.S. is now more than $12 trillion in the red. Servicing that national debt will cost the country $202 billion this year, and more than $700 billion per year by 2019, according to White House estimates. For comparative purposes, $500 billion in interest expenses could cover the federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and still have some left over. While this year's spending surge is widely believed to be a necessary response to the financial crisis and recession, the long-term budget crisis, which arrived just as baby boomers are beginning to retire en masse, has sent the Treasury is scrambling to lock in today's low interest rates by shifting short-term borrowings to long-term bonds.
If this report is accurate in its projections, we've got a very serious problem on our hands.
Today, I chatted with Jim Blasingame. Jim has been educating the small business market for 12 years. I was honored to be on his anniversary show. Thank you Jim and continued success.
New and "improved" - King-sized Snickers. Coming in at a whopping 440 calories. Thank you Snickers: Don't know how I could have survived all these years without it.
My exercise equipment tells me that I burned 602 calories. Can I have three donuts now? Donuts have about 200 calories in 'em.
I say no. First, I don't believe the 602 number and there's a whole lot of sugar in donuts.
"We live in an environment in which the default is to eat very badly. It's to eat too much, too often, and too large portions of not very good food. We need to change the default." - Marion Nestle
Get the right kind and it tastes like candy.
A 20-ounce soft drink packs 250 calories, a 12-ounce mocha coffee drink has around 300, the average mixed drink has 300, and a glass of wine or beer about 150. Multiply that by a few servings and you can see how the extra calories can spell trouble for your weight-loss efforts.
While exercise does burn calories, what and how much you eat still matters. For example, a one-mile walk burns about 100 calories — so you'd have to walk for 12 miles to burn off the typical 1,200-calorie fast-food meal of a hamburger, fries, and a soft drink!
On a regular basis, I will be posting interesting information about diet, health, and the American food system. Be on the lookout for incredible stuff.
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