I was driving in the car yesterday listening to the radio and there was a story about obesity becoming a problem in Iraq. It seems that as a result of the violence there, a large number of Iraqi citizens choose to leave their houses only when necessary and as a result have become quite sedentary. Add to this the ability to have TV in there houses and the picture gets much worse.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The reporter at one point asked the local correspondent whether people would consider having a tread mill or exercise bike in their houses. While I expected to hear the answer that this is not foremost on most Iraqis minds right now, what he said was that there are some who would like this, but since intermittent power is a problem, treadmills don't work most of the time.
Now i know there are bigger issues in Iraq right now, but how backwards is this? You have a group of people who need, among other things, electricity and exercise right? Why not reverse engineer some of those treadmills and have them charge batteries that can be used later when power is needed? I know it's not that simple, but on the flip side, maybe it is.