The Goode Life

No Duh Newsflash: Le Smoking Leads to Poor Health
November 27, 2008, 1:41 pm
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Unexposed LIFE photo of 1960s woman smoking

If your Mad Men marathons have been driving you to hit the cigs, Healthday’s got a few reasons why you should stop pretending like you live in pre-surgeon general warning times. According to the Lung Cancer Awareness group, women especially are at risk of developing major health issues.

  • Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in women. Since 1950, lung cancer deaths among women have increased more than 600 percent, according to ACOG.
  • Smoking also significantly increases the risk of many other cancers in women, including breast, oral, pharynx, larynx, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, bladder, uterine, and cervical cancers.
  • Women who smoke are twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease and 10 times more likely to die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than nonsmokers.
  • Smoking increases the risk of emphysema, bronchitis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, lower bone density after menopause, and hip fracture. It can also contribute to early menopause, gum disease, tooth loss, and premature skin aging.
  • Reproductive-age women who smoke may have trouble conceiving, and pregnant women who smoke are at high risk of delivering preterm or low birth weight infants or having babies with poor lung function, bronchitis or asthma.
  • Women over age 35 who smoke and take birth control pills are at risk for developing deadly blood clots.
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    Peace in the Middle Identity Crisis
    November 23, 2008, 10:53 pm
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    The lifestyle and health of Middle-Eastern women in America isn’t thought of often, and when it is, eveyone is lumped together in one ginormous group. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, as it can give peopel from different countries and ethnicities a larger group to hold on to lest they melt into the rest of the pot, but as author and former Chicago Reader journalist Porochista Khakpour indicates, it’s high time we start paying more attention to what claiming the Middle East really means.

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    It’s Not Just the Zaftig With Food Issues
    November 5, 2008, 2:59 pm
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    Ever since those after-school ABC specials debuted in the 80’s, eating disorders, particularly anorexia and bulimia, have been seen as a white girl thang.

    And, as most people of color know by now but find it hard to express, disordered eating is SO not limited to the paler people in the world.

    Ethnic culture is like a blueprint when it comes to a person’s development and social functioning – everything from how loudly you speak [I know you can hear my conversation from three blocks away, but I get it from my mama, okay?] to how you view career choices [the old adage about Southeast Asians giving kids two options: medicine or law? Not so untrue].

    Leslie Goldman, author of a new book on body image, who elaborates on the link between Jewish women and self-destructive behaviors in a Huffington Post piece.

    What Goldman does not say is how everyone’s culture affects their relationship with food, eating, and body image. Yes, the Jews are famous for neuroses, but what about other minorities? I’ve known a few Asian-American women who’ve waxed eloquent about the pressures to be tiny, since that’s what’s “expected” of Asian women; and what about Latinas and Black women? I think one of the best kept secrets is the disordered eating that often runs rampant in these communities, because of misconceptions about who exactly is at risk.