Do Wii agree?

I learnt this morning, via Paul Kedrosky, of Om Malik having suffered a heart attack. Om is 43, and a leading Silicon Valley technology journalist, commentator and writer, whose influential commentary is widely read. It sounds dreadful and sobering that a 43 year old should have a heart attack.

Om is also of Indian origin. For Indians, the prognosis for health issues especially those associated with weight gain and lifestyle changes, many catalysed by the economic boom and shift in work patterns, is not good.

With a young workforce, health is not a high priority on most agendas. For instance, while not statistically significant or conclusive, it is worth pointing out that there are only 13 articles (as on 4th January 2008) on health on the most widely read, eponymous blog on the Indian Economy. Of these, 4 articles were written by me.

At some level, we all know that it is not advisable to wait for an ‘event’ or ‘doctor’s orders‘ to make lifestyle changes which may affect our health positively. Even small changes would make a difference for many, whose lives are mostly sedentary.

Confusion caused by disagreement between experts is often cited as a reason by people not making a change, because they do not know what advice to follow. This disagreement can be seen not just in dietary advice but also in exercise related advice. If you were one of the fortunate few, who got a Nintendo Wii in their Christmas stocking, you may be interested in the Wii’s relative health impact on otherwise sedentary lives. You can read the whole post titled ‘Do Wii agree?over on my Obesity blog.

22 thoughts on “Do Wii agree?

  1. I read about Om Malik’s heart attack when I was busy laughing over Scoble’s recent squabble with Facebook. Anyway, that’s really sad to here. I hope he’ll be back soon.

    This reminds of a personal incident- My mom’s best friend, who maintained a very healthy life style (aerobics every single day, very slim and trim, eating the right food etc.), died very suddenly, about a year back. She complained of some sort of headache and was rushed to the hospital, where she passed away after being in coma for a day. We still don’t know what happened. So, maybe being healthy is not the be all and end all. And there is something called destiny too? πŸ™‚

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  2. I read about Om Malik’s heart attack when I was busy laughing over Scoble’s recent squabble with Facebook. Anyway, that’s really sad to here. I hope he’ll be back soon.

    This reminds of a personal incident- My mom’s best friend, who maintained a very healthy life style (aerobics every single day, very slim and trim, eating the right food etc.), died very suddenly, about a year back. She complained of some sort of headache and was rushed to the hospital, where she passed away after being in coma for a day. We still don’t know what happened. So, maybe being healthy is not the be all and end all. And there is something called destiny too? πŸ™‚

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  3. this is so right. i recently was told by my doc that the body keeps giving warnings, and we should heed them.
    She also told me that i was lucky…. despite the stress & strain i have put on my body by my life style…. my diet (controlled by my mom :)) and basic exercise have kept me mostly healthy…… and if i need to stay that way …. i need to do more…
    another friend was told by his doc — after the discovery of highish cholestrol — exercise for the rest of your life or take medication for the rest of your .life starting now…..

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  4. this is so right. i recently was told by my doc that the body keeps giving warnings, and we should heed them.
    She also told me that i was lucky…. despite the stress & strain i have put on my body by my life style…. my diet (controlled by my mom :)) and basic exercise have kept me mostly healthy…… and if i need to stay that way …. i need to do more…
    another friend was told by his doc — after the discovery of highish cholestrol — exercise for the rest of your life or take medication for the rest of your .life starting now…..

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  5. So, maybe being healthy is not the be all and end all. And there is something called destiny too?

    I think I’d still look both ways before crossing the street. πŸ˜‰

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  6. So, maybe being healthy is not the be all and end all. And there is something called destiny too?

    I think I’d still look both ways before crossing the street. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Shefaly:

    If you don’t mind a purely academic question:

    //13 articles (as on 4th January 2008)//

    Are “as on” and “as of” both accepted as good English? Are there any preferences? Or is this one of the questions on which the language pundits (I count you as one πŸ™‚ ) have given up?

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  8. Shefaly:

    If you don’t mind a purely academic question:

    //13 articles (as on 4th January 2008)//

    Are “as on” and “as of” both accepted as good English? Are there any preferences? Or is this one of the questions on which the language pundits (I count you as one πŸ™‚ ) have given up?

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  9. @ Ruhi: Thanks for your note. Cardiac health and general fitness (BP, cholesterol in control etc) still does not mean that brain related incidents can be prevented. Perfectly healthy people drop dead without warning due to brain haemorrhages. I still would not ascribe it to ‘destiny’ – because after all isn’t everyone’s destiny to be dead in the long run? – and continue to exercise and keep a general good lifestyle all round.

    @ Harini: My observation of Indian families I know – and my own family is enormous – is that we do not heed warnings or be preventive till an incident happens. Even in public health terms or investment terms, prevention is not attractive to many because there is no certain way to prove ‘prevented deaths’. When we hear of a 22 year old or a 35 year old having had an MI, we think it will not happen to us – till it does. Prevention needs discipline, self-control and continuous ‘cognitive’ living. And it is tiring (I speak from experience) but the alternative is boring, because having observed way too many friends and family in hospital in 2005-07, I conclude it is no fun for the patient or for the family visiting.

    @ Nita: Believe it or not, that was also _my_ first thought. I think blogging is sedentary and it is that we have to work against.

    @ Amit: I agree πŸ™‚

    @ Vivek: I used to write ‘as of’ but having seen too many uses of ‘as on’, I might be described as having given up, although I am no language pundit. πŸ™‚

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  10. @ Ruhi: Thanks for your note. Cardiac health and general fitness (BP, cholesterol in control etc) still does not mean that brain related incidents can be prevented. Perfectly healthy people drop dead without warning due to brain haemorrhages. I still would not ascribe it to ‘destiny’ – because after all isn’t everyone’s destiny to be dead in the long run? – and continue to exercise and keep a general good lifestyle all round.

    @ Harini: My observation of Indian families I know – and my own family is enormous – is that we do not heed warnings or be preventive till an incident happens. Even in public health terms or investment terms, prevention is not attractive to many because there is no certain way to prove ‘prevented deaths’. When we hear of a 22 year old or a 35 year old having had an MI, we think it will not happen to us – till it does. Prevention needs discipline, self-control and continuous ‘cognitive’ living. And it is tiring (I speak from experience) but the alternative is boring, because having observed way too many friends and family in hospital in 2005-07, I conclude it is no fun for the patient or for the family visiting.

    @ Nita: Believe it or not, that was also _my_ first thought. I think blogging is sedentary and it is that we have to work against.

    @ Amit: I agree πŸ™‚

    @ Vivek: I used to write ‘as of’ but having seen too many uses of ‘as on’, I might be described as having given up, although I am no language pundit. πŸ™‚

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  11. Pandita Shefaly:

    I am disappointed — disconsolate! πŸ™‚

    Does this also mean you have started using “due to” when you mean “owing to”, “practise” as a noun, “phenomena” in the singular, prefix “data” with a singular pronoun etc.?

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  12. Pandita Shefaly:

    I am disappointed — disconsolate! πŸ™‚

    Does this also mean you have started using “due to” when you mean “owing to”, “practise” as a noun, “phenomena” in the singular, prefix “data” with a singular pronoun etc.?

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  13. @ Vivek: In most other matters, I remain resolute. And I also function actively as a Human Tippex. I try not to give up but occasional slip-ups are often corrected in edits or left as-is depending on how energetic I am feeling πŸ™‚

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  14. @ Vivek: In most other matters, I remain resolute. And I also function actively as a Human Tippex. I try not to give up but occasional slip-ups are often corrected in edits or left as-is depending on how energetic I am feeling πŸ™‚

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  15. hi Shefaly,
    you are so correct… i was talking to a friend of mine (she is in her late 40’s) and asked her if she had ever gone for a mammography…( my gynaec sends me for one every 2 years)… her answer was no, why do i need one I don’t have cancer..
    my dad became diabetic when he was 30. We have all been for routine checks ever since…. which is why things get detected somewhat fast in our family…… thankfully, half yearly monitoring means that apart from cough, cold and other viral/bacterial stuff…. we have been relatively lucky in fixing things that might otherwise screw up our system… that and lots of greens and no /low oil and only fresh food….

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  16. hi Shefaly,
    you are so correct… i was talking to a friend of mine (she is in her late 40’s) and asked her if she had ever gone for a mammography…( my gynaec sends me for one every 2 years)… her answer was no, why do i need one I don’t have cancer..
    my dad became diabetic when he was 30. We have all been for routine checks ever since…. which is why things get detected somewhat fast in our family…… thankfully, half yearly monitoring means that apart from cough, cold and other viral/bacterial stuff…. we have been relatively lucky in fixing things that might otherwise screw up our system… that and lots of greens and no /low oil and only fresh food….

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  17. @ Harini: Thanks. Another factor in India is the cost. Health insurance is a relatively new concept for most. I notice most Indians, like Americans, have health insurance due to employers and they do not buy their own. As I recently found when a friend had a serious problem needing surgery, her employer’s policy was so basic that cysts were not covered. Er, what??? And despite being an educated young professional, the said friend had never had sight of the policy.

    Interestingly India is a transition country in many ways – economically, nutritionally. This poses its own challenges.

    Awareness would be the first step. Whether it is diet, exercise or lifestyle changes. Then a will to make those changes.

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  18. @ Harini: Thanks. Another factor in India is the cost. Health insurance is a relatively new concept for most. I notice most Indians, like Americans, have health insurance due to employers and they do not buy their own. As I recently found when a friend had a serious problem needing surgery, her employer’s policy was so basic that cysts were not covered. Er, what??? And despite being an educated young professional, the said friend had never had sight of the policy.

    Interestingly India is a transition country in many ways – economically, nutritionally. This poses its own challenges.

    Awareness would be the first step. Whether it is diet, exercise or lifestyle changes. Then a will to make those changes.

    Like

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