Category Archives: Addicted to Cool: Air Conditioning and Obesity

Air-conditioning usage is exploding, right along with obesity rates.

1–The Kingdom and the Amish
2 -Short Story of Air Conditioning
3 -Air conditioning and Obesity
4 -Solutions

Book Stores and Beaches Do Mix

Thanks to all who attended my pseudo-TED (Truly Enlightening Discourse) talk in Santa Monica on Saturday at Barnes & Noble on 3rd Street Promenade.I know it wasn’t easy given that the awesome SoCal beach was just two blocks away. There are still a few signed copies of Globesity: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Making You Fat available at the store (call 310 260 9110 to reserve or order). Hannah, thanks for the deck work. Frank, thanks for the lovely event set-up.

FYI: TED’s mission statement:

“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other…”

Community of curious souls. I’d be honored to be part of that.

Do Sweat It

Ever notice how some people at the gym perspire profusely while others barely break a sweat? People’s rates of “whole body evaporative heat loss” or sweat are different. One can’t judge a tough workout by the number of towels required to mop up.

But it can be assumed that good sweaters are effective heat dissipaters. Shedding the extra heat well means the heart and lungs are less stressed. It also means air conditioning won’t be such a necessity.

As people age, this ability wanes. Canadian researchers wondered at what age this starts. Ranging in age from 20-70, eighty-five males cycled for four 15-minute bouts in 35 degrees centigrade.

Results were reported in PLOSone:  Whole body sweat rate (WBSR) was reduced in males aged 56–70 during each exercise, in males aged 50–55 during the second and third exercises and in males aged 45–49 during the last bout only. All were measured as relative to the younger men.

Middle aged and older adults should be aware of this decline when exercising. Sweating should not be a gauge of a good workout. But it is certainly a welcome reward, not the bane deodorant companies would have us believe. To be safe, as we age, drink plenty of fluids and exercise outdoors in the cooler part of the day.