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I’m addicted to looking at the “Stats” of my blog.  If you don’t know, I can see what people typed into a search engine like Google to find my blog.  These are some examples of what people have searched for, and ended up here.  Some of them don’t make any sense.  I added my witty repartee in parentheses.

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24 (I know him well)

fattest person 10
renaissance painting 9 (I dabble)
junk food 8 (yum)
worlds fattest people 7 (US & A)
uncrustables 7 (they’re here!)
most weight lost and gained in one movie

6 (if you say so)

are uncrustables healthy 6 (nope)
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chili dog 3 (breakfast of champions)
fattest person alive 3 (opposed to fattest person dead)
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men women making love paintings 1 (renaissance porn)
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how do I stop feeling so fat 1 (don’t read my blog)

We all live in a society.  The formation of societies are the mark of civilized life-forms.  Societies serve to increase the standard of living of the individual by having everyone work together.  Living in a society is why you don’t have to grow your own food or kill your own meat.  It’s why you can drive a car, and probably will never be robbed or murdered.  It’s why you were educated, for the betterment of your society.

Societies make us better human beings.  They allow us to thrive together, and to have culture. 

But, there will always be those people that feel as though they are special.  They demand certain things that only they require, but no one else has a need for.  These demands will not benefit the many, only the few.  Yet, they still demand.  They hope that if their numbers grow, their voice will then be louder, and society will listen.  Then they may not have to take responsibility for their actions.

**warning – metaphor alert**

If certain people suddenly began shooting themselves in the foot (for no apparent reason), can they demand that their society pitch in to pay for the manufacturing of bullet proof shoes?  Because the purpose of a society is to also rally together to help the individual in a time of aid, those shoes will probably be made, at first.  But when more and more people are shooting themselves in the foot, and seemingly are not very concerned about it, and demanding louder that the bullet proof shoes be made, at what point as a society do we say “Enough is enough!!”? 

At what point do we stop accommodating these people?  These people who were not born into the path that they live, but have chosen their path.  What is the point in which a group of people within a society become such a drain on it that the society recognizes that it is no longer beneficial to make sacrifices to help them?  That always being politically correct about the problem is not going to help anyone?

A society will need to stop licking its wounds, start preventing the problem, and stop coddling those that drain upon it. 

Education is key. 

Prevention is key. 

Accommodation is not.

 

Picture this:

 

You’re camping.

You’re tired of eating trail mix and beef jerky.

You’re feeling weak from the lack of saturated fats, HFCS, and sodium by the pound that you’re used to eating. 

You start to dream of the foods that you could get right now if you were back home, nestled in the bosom of your favorite local restaurants.

Let me ask you this…   Does a cheeseburger top your list?

Cheeseburger

Damn.  Looks good doesn’t it?

That’s the stuff dreams are made of all right. 

Well, guess what?  You can have this.  Right nowYOU can have THIS! 

 

I’M NOT KIDDING!

 

You can have a fucking hot cheeseburger when camping!!!

Oh, wait.  It looks like this though…

 

Cheeseburger in a can

Hmm…  I just lost my appetite.

This is one of those things that will repulse you beyond belief in normal, day-to-day life.  But if you are in a situation where you haven’t eaten civilized food in days, then this burger will taste like the sweet nectar of the gods.  At least I think it would.  I may have to be stranded on an island for this to look good though.

Cheeseburger in a can

This is the photo from the website where you can order the pile of mush in a can.  Who are they trying to fool with that decent looking example of a juicy burger in the front there?

Check out the best review of this German camping food product done by the folks over at The Onion.  Included are videos of preparation, and consumption. 

Yummy.

 

Baskin RobbinsThinner…  perhaps?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to hate on ol’ B-R.  Heck, it was my first job.  I scooped ice cream there for two years starting when I was 15.  I still have the Popeye forearms to prove it.

Turns out though, Irvine Robbins, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins has died.  He lived to be 90!

I’m not going to say BR has contributed to obesity or anything like that.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a treat like ice cream now and then.  Everything in moderation, right?  I will never say that I blame any of the fast-food restaurant chains.  They all started out as mom and pop, single location food establishments.  They just happened to be so successful that they were able to grow into the behemoth corporations that they are today.  You can’t blame them for being very good at making money. 

Ice cream faceI remember thinking it was hilarious when the kids that came in with their parents would get their brightly colored ice cream all over their face and clothes.  That’s why I would always show them the blue raspberry sherbet.  They would pick it or the rainbow sherbet because they were the brightest and the most colorful.  Some would get the pink bubble gum.  I thought those gum pieces tasted like plastic. 

Irvine Robbins always believed that his employees should eat as much ice cream as they wanted!  I was only allowed two junior scoops per shift, but that was plenty.  I would usually not get any.  A lot of people would ask me if I got sick of ice cream because I worked there.  Not at all!  I can probably still down a whole half gallon if I could manage to turn off the ‘consequences switch’ in my brain.  I haven’t done that in a few years though, and lucky for me, I can’t turn that switch off.

Looking back, I don’t really remember noticing a lot of fat people coming in to feed the need.  Perhaps I didn’t think about fat people as I do now, so I just didn’t notice it.  I’m curious if really heavy people would simply avoid going to an ice cream store, just for the fact that it’s too obvious.  It’s too public.  It’s probably the most likely place that they could go to receive glares and comments, so I understand.

Chunk from The GooniesCheck out this article from TIME.

The article is basically an interview with epidemiologist David Freedman from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

Let’s take a look at some good quotes:

…an overweight or obese adolescent is much more likely to become an obese adult than is an overweight one-year-old.”

What he says is that if a baby or toddler is overweight, the child has some likelihood of becoming obese as it becomes an adult.  But, when a slightly older child (five or so) is measured as overweight and then tracked into adulthood, it is MUCH MORE likely to become obese.  As much as a “tenfold increased risk” when compared to similar aged children of normal weight.

Basically, the longer a child stays fat into adolescence, it’s chances of being obese as an adult increase more and more.

I think there’s very suggestive evidence from the Bogalusa Heart Study to show that childhood obesity is related not just to weight, but also to poor health in adulthood.”

The main way they determined this is by being able to examine the hearts of participants in the study that happened to die early (due to various reasons: car crash, homicide, etc).  They found that those that were considerably overweight as children, and continued to become obese as adults, had early stages of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries due to plaque accumulation).  This disease can cause heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes.  Not only does it slow blood flow to the heart, but it can cause constricted flow and clots all over the body, including the brain.

The author of the study, David Freedman, did point out that this study he is working on does have it’s limitations.  The oldest subject that was studied as a child is only now 45, so they haven’t had a chance to study the effects of lifelong obesity for many adult years.  In other words, they haven’t aged enough to get some definitive results. 

He also points out that there are other similar studies that have similar limitations. 

Some studies — but not all of them — have found an increased risk of mortality.”

And now to the pièce de résistance of this post.  The key point that I would like to emphasize here, is the reason Freedman says that these studies are limited in their results.

I think, though, that part of the reason for these discrepancies is that to obtain results from these long-term longitudinal studies, many have to use baseline measurements that were taken in the ’50s and ’60s. And kids who were examined back then were much, much thinner than kids are now. Even children who would have been considered relatively heavy then are not much heavier than average children now…”

Wow.  That quote pretty much says it all for me.  You can believe or not believe the validity of the study all you want.  You can feel as though the studies were biased and the researchers had a certain hypothesis that they were trying to find.  But all that doesn’t matter. 

You can’t ignore the fact that kids were “much” less fat 40-50 years ago than they are today. 

What is the reason for that?  Not genetics……

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DIET AND LIFESTYLE!!!

Am I wrong?  How else do you explain that?

 

P.S.  Remember Chunk from The Goonies up at the top there?  Remember how he was the “fat” Goonie that always wanted to eat something?  He doesn’t even look that fat to me, compared to today’s fat kids.

FAT KIDS

I couldn’t have said it better myself… 

A friend over at The Ivy League Vice Squad recently blogged about an article entitled “What Do Fat People Want?” 

The article was written by some NAAFA folks (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance). 

Some of the big points for me that I’d like to add are in response to:

WE WANT doctors to stop pushing dangerous treatments: diets, diet pills, liposuction, and weight-loss surgery. As the New England Journal of Medicine said recently, “The cure for obesity [sic] may be worse than the condition.”

If by the “cure” for obesity, the Journal is referring to having surgery that reduces the size of the stomach so much that you are physically incapable of stuffing your face with eating more than a few bites of food, then yes, that “cure” is incredibly invasive and dangerous.  Unfortunately, instead of it being a real last resort, it is now becoming the quick fix.

WE WANT diagnostic equipment that will accommodate us: MRIs, CAT scans, ultrasound machines, some X-ray machines, etc.

Uhh… oh sure.  I’m not positive about this, but I would imagine that these machines cost in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars.  This one isn’t like switching out some seats in a movie theatre. 

WE WANT the FDA to test weight-loss drugs thoroughly for safety before approving them for use by millions of consumers who are all-too-eager for a miracle pill, even when it is life-threatening. Beyond that, we question the value or wisdom of seeking medical cures for social problems in the first place.

This is a good one.  As far as I can tell, the FDA takes a little while to test new drugs.  Several years.  They probably wouldn’t take so long if they weren’t stretched so thin.  There are way more drugs coming out now than ever before. 

Don’t you think that their time would be better spent testing the drugs that help those that suffer from diseases that are not preventable?

All of these points I’ve added have one thing in common for me.  People always seem to assume that all doctors, scientists, other health-care professionals, and insurance companies are supposed to be made of extremely high moral fiber, and should and will always have our best interests in mind.  Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but they don’t.  It’s up to you as a patient, a member of society, and as an intelligent human being to figure that out.

While you’re at it, why don’t you just live in the world as it exists.  Stop trying to make other people change it just to accommodate your fat butt.

Check it out.

 

 

This is my first post in a series I’m doing to help disprove the widely held belief that obesity is “caused” by genetics.  This misconception seems to be the number one argument people have when discussing obesity, and rationalizing why it has become so ubiquitous. 

I’d actually like to start out this series without any references to any research or articles or books or websites, and just talk about some things that seem common sense to me.  I will state a FACT, and then show how it doesn’t make any sense that genetics plays the role that so many people think it does.

FACT #1 – In the 1960’s, in the U.S., about 10% of people were obese.  Today, 32%.   

If genetics is to blame for our obesity epidemic, this would imply that before the epidemic, our genes were different.  If our genes have changed so much in the past 40 years, why have I heard or read NOTHING about scientists and geneticists FREAKING OUT that our gene pool is going through some drastic changes?  Perhaps the majority of humans have managed to develop some type of genetic disorder in the past few decades.  Although currently, almost all known disorders are quite rare.  Since that is most likely not the case, what are the most obvious changes that we have undergone (that can be undergone) in such a short span of time?

The answers are: Diet and Lifestyle.

FACT #2 – Our DNA plays a role in Cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Although we know that genes do play a role in giving us these diseases, we do not, however, have much of an idea of how to prevent them.  We do know how to prevent, AND REVERSE obesity.  The only one of those three diseases that can be stopped is cancer, but not through treatment.  Only by killing or removing cancerous cells can you stop its spread.  I suppose you can remove fat cells to stop a person from being obese, but they can get fat again.  Cancer can spread again, but that is completely fucking different.  The easiest thing a person can do to prevent or reverse obesity is to alter their diet and lifestyle.  If you’ve been led to believe that a surgery is the easy way out, you’re mistaken.  It’s the last resort.  How many times does it have to be said?  Calories consumed verses calories burned.  It’s that simple.  A fat cell cannot make itself fatter if the raw materials that it uses to synthesize fat are not present.  Fat does not appear out of fat thin air! 

FACT #3 – Obesity rates vary widely by geographic region.

This fact might be the simplest one to explain, and will prove my point the most effectively.  Currently in the U.S., states like Massachusetts and Colorado have nearly HALF AS MANY obese people as there are in West Virginia and Mississippi.  Is a person’s genetics different that happens to live in a place where they most likely walk more than they drive their car?  NO!  This isn’t the Galapagos Islands.  Humans are not isolated or landlocked, causing them to stay in one place for thousands of years while random mutations in their genetics are allowed to influence their evolution.  We can travel a thousand miles in 3 hours.  It is a small world, after all!

 FACT #4 – Obesity vs. Mal-Nourishment rates vary depending on a society’s developmental stage.

As a nation makes the transition from “developing” to “developed”, the population goes from having more mal-nourished people than overweight, to having MORE overweight people and less mal-nourished people as the overall wealth of the nation increases.  Not only do the proportions of under-nourishment to obesity shift as socioeconomic changes happen, so do the rates of obesity change among people within different income levels.  When a country is less economically developed, the obesity rates are highest among the wealthiest.  When that same nation (or culture, region) becomes more “developed”, the group containing the most obese individuals changes from being the wealthiest, to the poorest. 

Whilst once a symbol of wealth and prosperity in nations such as the U.S., Canada, and most Western European countries, obesity has now become a symbol for poor health, mediocrity, and poverty.  The socioeconomic level with the most overweight people is that of those which are below the poverty line in these nations.

Concert RenaissanceTake a trip to any art museum, and you’ll see painting after painting, spanning several centuries, of overweight men and women being deified.  The reason for this is because only the rich could afford to eat enough food to become a heavy size, and then commission a painting to be done.  Also, most of these people were kings, queens, or otherwise somehow affiliated with nobility.  Until the industrial revolution, if you weren’t one of these few people, odds are you were a farmer or some sort of tradesman, and extremely poor, and had very little food to eat.

Obese guyNow, fast forward to today, when an image like this one doesn’t make me think that this guy is of noble birth.  It looks more like he just got done eating about 20 pounds of ribs, sausage, and crawfish.  This photo doesn’t make me think of wealth or affluence.  If I had to guess, I would say he is an American, who lives in the south, and is in the lower-middle class.   It makes me think of abundance, gluttony, sloth, and mal-nourishment.  Likely, this man hasn’t eaten a piece of fruit in a week. 

If you think my points are crap, awesome, retarded, unfounded, genious, or you have some others that you’d like to add…  PLEASE leave a comment.  I encourage discussion about this.

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