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August 12, 2014

When we meet Jim, a 32-year-old obese man, in 2030, life is not going so well. In fact, we might be witnessing the beginning of Jim's end by cardiac arrest. As doctors rush to help his crushing heart, we backtrack through Jim's abbreviated lifespan to see how he got here.

What unfolds is first-person view of a sedentary, junk-food fueled life where bad habits are learned and encouraged by a well meaning family.

The video comes from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's "Strong4Life" campaign, which encourages viewers to "rewind the future." It may not actually be too late for Jim, the PSA claims, and it's not too late for anyone else struggling to stay healthy, too.

Now, before you scratch the itch of cynicism, I encourage you to read the Reddit thread that plays out under the original posting. Strangers share stories, successes, failures, and the guilt and shame they feel in their plights. Such honesty is rewarded with sometimes aggressive words of support. One commentator threatens to check in on another's progress in a month. It is genuinely inspiring. Here are just a few examples:

I'm 5'9, 32 years old and almost 300 pounds. I played all those gaming systems and pretty much grew up like that. Even with the fucking treadmill.
I think for the first time, a psa got to me. See you soon progress pics (wish me luck reedit)
Edit: wow guys. Your going to make shed some tears with the support you are all giving me. I am not very articulate, but it's time like this I wish was so that I can properly deliver how much this support means to me. [Reddit user drewgarr]

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Thanks for sharing, and for articulating it so clearly. I have lost weight over the last few months (30 lbs!), and just feel... so much better, more energetic, less achy, etc. Many habits I've gotten comfortable with needed to be broken, or still need breaking.
EDIT: Since this is a visible comment, THANK YOU to whoever gave me gold for posting the link!
EDIT2: I have read so many comments from people saying that this PSA inspired them to make changes to better their health, and that has overwhelmed me. Just know that if you're one of those people who's been inspired, yes, you can fucking do it. Also, /r/loseit and /r/progresspics genuinely motivated me, and maybe it will help you, too. [Reddit user StreetMailbox]

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Wow. As an overweight mother this hit hard. I am doing everything in my power to make sure my daughter doesn't end up like me and so far it's working because she is a beautifully healthy little girl who would much rather take a slice of melon over chocolate I just need to sort myself out for her sake as well as my own. I can and will do it. I will not die through obesity. [Reddit user leedsfreak]

Obesity statistics are terrifying. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents on the past 30 years. If it takes a PSA or a public forum like Reddit to get the conversation and motivation going, more power to both.

Check out Strong4Life's website for more information about to make healthy habits. Lauren Hansen

4:33 a.m. ET

Ted Cruz naming Carly Fiorina has potential vice president was "bold," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. "After Tuesday's huge wins by Clinton and Trump, Bernie Sanders saw the writing on the wall and laid off hundreds of staffers. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz saw the writing and covered it up with a 'Hang In There, Baby' poster." Colbert compared Cruz naming a running mate to the captain of the Titanic calmly announcing his "vice captain" as the ship sank, but said "Fiorina was clearly honored to accept this important job that will never exist." And that song she sang at the VP unveiling? "It's like Disney gave the wicked stepmother her own song."

Cruz isn't alone, though, Colbert said — every candidate is talking about vetting VP candidates. In the clip below, Colbert offered his unsolicited advice to Elizabeth Warren and all the other people whose names are being mentioned in the veepstakes. Peter Weber

Peter Weber

1:53 a.m. ET

The Los Angeles Rams had the first overall pick at Thursday night's NFL draft in Chicago, and they chose Cal quarterback Jared Goff for their newly relocated franchise. The other contender being floated for first pick, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, was snapped up by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second overall draft pick. Goff, 21, said he is ready to move to L.A. "There's going to be pressure no matter when you're picked in the first round," he told reporters. "I think I can bring a lot to the table. I think I can bring a lot to the team."

There was a bit of drama before and during the draft with the social media accounts of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, previously considered a likely No. 1 draft pick. Right before the draft began, a video of Tunsil smoking something out of a bong while wearing a gas mask was posted on his Twitter feed, before being taken down, along with his Twitter account. Tunsil said his account was hacked but told ESPN that it was him in the 2-year-old video, adding that he doesn't have a drug problem.

The Miami Dolphins nabbed Tunsil as the No. 13 overall pick, and after the draft, someone posted an image of a text message exchange to his Instagram account that appeared to show Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller discussing paying the rent and bills of Tunsil's mother. In a news conference, Tunsil said that he had taken money from a coach at Ole Miss, telling reporters: "I made a mistake. That happened." When reporters asked if he had spoken with NCAA investigators, Tunsil was ushered out of the room. You can watch the first two draft picks in the video below. Peter Weber

12:43 a.m. ET

On Thursday night, Black Trump (The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr.) released a new music video for his song "They Love Me" (feat. Jordan Klepper). Its lyrics are verbatim lines Donald Trump actually said, with sycophantic ad-libs thrown in by Klepper. It's fun, it's (mostly) safe for work, you can dance to it, and it's a pretty clear encapsulation of the Trump message: I'm rich, and everybody loves me. Watch below. Peter Weber

12:20 a.m. ET

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had some tough words for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at Stanford on Wednesday night, calling him "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch," adding, "Over my dead body will he be president." That became "the top story in the country" on Thursday, Megyn Kelly said on Thursday night's Kelly File, upstaging Cruz's naming of Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Cruz gave his response to Kelly, saying he doesn't even know Boehner and criticizing the former speaker's friendly relationship with Donald Trump.

On Thursday afternoon, Cruz also addressed Boehner's broadside, saying "he allowed his inner Trump to come out" and framing the comments as an attack on the American people, not himself. "When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, he's not directing that at me," Cruz told reporters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "He's directing that at you," because he's blaming Cruz for holding him accountable. Watch Cruz make his case below. Peter Weber

April 28, 2016

A man in a full-body hedgehog jumpsuit and "surgical-style mask" was shot by police outside of a Baltimore TV station after setting a car on fire and claiming to be carrying an explosive, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The man reportedly entered Fox 45 in Baltimore claiming he had information to share with the station, except he was wearing a "hedgehog onesie" and boots, security guard Jourael Apostolides said.

While Apostolides didn't let the man into the lobby, he did take the flash drive from him (it reportedly contained a video of the man "talking about space and the government"). The man also appeared to be wearing something that looked like a bomb, and Apostolides called 911.

The man later left the Fox 45 building, where he was shot by a sniper on the street. Police officials say the man is still alive and that his hand is still in his pocket.

"He still poses a significant public safety threat," police commissioner Kevin Davis told The Baltimore Sun. Jeva Lange

April 28, 2016
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Teen pregnancy rates are now lower than ever before, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out Thursday reveals, and it's not for the reason popular culture might lead you to suspect. While analysts do attribute the stark drop in teen birth rates — with, notably, a nearly 50 percent drop among Hispanic and black teens in particular — to better access to more effective contraception, they also contend that teens today are simply having less sex. The Washington Post reports:

...teens — despite their portrayal in popular TV and movies as uninhibited and acting only on hormones — are having less sex.

'There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,' said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. [The Washington Post]

All in all, in the last 23 years teen birth rates have plummeted by 60 percent. In 1991, teen birth rates were 61.9 per 1,000. In 2014, teen pregnancies hit a low of 24.2 births per 1,000. Becca Stanek

April 28, 2016

Ted Cruz is not what one would call a communist. That is why, as a joke, some witty young man reportedly decided to ask the Texas senator to sign Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel's seminal work on the philosophy, The Communist Manifesto.

Get it? Because Cruz hates communists. This is funny.

Ted Cruz, though, apparently did not get it:

Way to ruin a good laugh, Ted. Jeva Lange

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