Along with the impact Ms. Houston had on my life (by contributing to my life's soundtrack on so many occasions), there's also the fact that I can relate to life-threatening addictions and the "hold" that something dangerous can have over one's self.
Forget physical hunger -- sometimes we reach for food to soothe our emotional cravings. When we're anxious, angry, fatigued, overwhelmed or otherwise under stress, a seemingly hard-wired desire to overeat can take over.
I realized how easy it's becoming to get sucked into your technology of choice! Even as I was doing this that day, I felt kind of crazy, but out of boredom -- or the thrill of connection -- I engaged in it.
See, when you make up your mind to change your life and you start seeing results, nothing gets in your way, not even a company dinner with an open bar, three courses and dessert (and it was cheesecake).
Treating fat as the "enemy" is that it leads to the demonization of fat people. This compounds the sense of shame many large-bodied people already feel and may try to escape through unhealthy eating patterns.
In the midst of a national obesity crisis and the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, you brilliantly decide to give your card-wielding members the privilege of stuffing themselves with cream-filled insulin shots for a go at free money. Why?!
My solution to gambling addiction would be same one that seems to be helping keep track of sexual predators: A national registry. If widely shared, such a list could prevent addicts from any legalized gambling.