Why Isn't Common Sense Common?
Costco, the nationwide warehouse club, decided to use common sense and accept food stamps
. Under political pressure Costco accepted food stamps in Brooklyn and Queens and soon expanded to all New York stores. Costco hoped to accept food stamps at half its 407 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico by Thanksgiving 2009 and the rest when it got regulatory approval from the states. Although Costco didn't think there would be much response from food stamp recipients, new members said they joined because food stamps were accepted. With 36 million Americans receiving food stamps, Costco will profit from its mistake.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found the number of overweight children ages 6-19 tripled between 1970 and 2007. The study suggested these children are much likelier to develop heart disease between ages 35-50. A study released at a 2007 Heart Association conference found that the neck arteries in overweight children were similar to 45-year-olds. That plus abnormal cholesterol levels put them at high risk for heart disease. The solution is more exercise and less junk food. However, with Time magazine reporting 32% of children were overweight in 2008, common sense isn't common enough.
A common sense study by the Stress Research Institute of Stockholm University found that men who hold their anger at work increased their risk of heart attack up to fivefold. From 1992 to 2003 the study followed 2,755 employed men without histories of heart attacks. After adjustments for age, socioeconomic factors, risk behaviors, job strain and biological risk factors, it was determined most of the 47 participants who had heart attacks or died from heart disease covertly coped with problems at work . By letting things pass without saying anything, they didn't have a say in their health.
Finally, instead of using common sense, a 2009 study by New Zealand's University of Otago used World Health Organization surveys of 34,493 people in 15 countries to discover getting married is good for the mental health of both genders. However, women are more likely than men to be depressed in their first marriage. Not surprisingly, the study also discovered ending a marriage by separation, divorce or death can be bad for the mental health of both genders. Supposedly, women are more likely to have substance abuse problems and men are more likely to be depressed. Obviously, the "for better or worse" gets even worse.
by: Knight Pierce Hirst
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