"Importance: Understanding the major health problems in the United States and how they are changing over time is critical for informing national health policy."
Really? National health policy is what is going to unfrock the last forty years of disastrous health policy? Not likely.
But if you are a public health policy monkey, these kinds of pronouncements probably sound oh so important.
Are they going to let insurance companies deny health coverage to folks booze too hard or become addicted in other ways? Are they going to drop people with metabolic syndrome, sarcopenia and the other lifestyle diseases from the health care dole?
No, it sounds like they are going to continue to recommend that we all eat 100 pieces of fruit every 3 minutes, cause god knows that will cure anyone.
i don't know that we needed another expensive epidemiological study that tells us what we already know - folks are killing themselves with lifestyle choices that have been aided and abetted by USDA food pseudo science and a medical industry that makes money for keeping sick people alive.
I don't think the medical industry or the government is any closer to figuring out how to make our population kill itself with less vehemence.
CrossFit however is doing just that and we should be proud of it, and make it a centerpiece of each box. CrossFit teaches those willing to learn how to eat for health, and how to maintain an active, thriving life. The best thing that could possibly come from this supposedly so important study is it may steer a few more folks to CrossFit boxes.