The nation is rightfully honoring the quick-thinking
subway hero who jumped in front of an oncoming New York train to save a man whose seizure had knocked him onto the tracks. Such incidents, luckily, are rare.
But another danger about the Big Apple's subway system compels attention because of its sheer frequency – diet-induced fainting. The newspaper AM New York reported this week that in the 12-month period ending last October, there were an average of 395 train delays in the system every month due to "sick customers." Anecdotal evidence from an MTA emergency technician puts fainting from diet-induced hunger at the top of the "sick" list.
It's a good thing the tiny town of Jackson, Ala., doesn't have a subway. About a third of the city devoted all of 2006 to a smart dieting program and lost 10,000 pounds. The moral there was that even those who did not complete the program learned how to lose weight and will try again.