Friday, August 8, 2014

I Feel Bad Because I Look Old Fat & Ugly


I thought the above was amusing. I suspect that after the husband complimented his wife's near perfect eyesight he quickly found himself regretting giving her the heartfelt compliment.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Food Is The Most Abused Anti Anxiety Drug

I do not know if an extensive scientific study has confirmed the message on this sign, but both points seem likely true to me.

As in food likely is the world's most abused anti-anxiety drug, while getting regular exercise is likely the world's most underutilized anti-depressant.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Gallup Finds Americans Continue To Grow More Obese Which Has Me Pondering Plus-Sized Feeding Habits

According to Gallup the U.S. Obesity rate continued to climb in 2013, with 27.2% of the American population having reached the obesity level of weight gain.

A day or two ago I was reading an article about obesity and dieting woes on a news website. Which news website I don't remember. Most likely CNN.

Part of that article dealt with the futility of fad diets which purport to magically melt the pounds away, effortlessly, magically succeeding where all other diets have failed.

One bit of information struck me as odd, that being that over 30% of the American population have no understanding of the rudimentary reality of the fact that if one consumes more calories than ones body uses that that excess calorie consumer is going to gain weight.

I have observed up close and personal the feeding habits of a person with no understanding of the concept that eating calories in excess of ones caloric needs is going to be stored as fat.

This particular person whose eating habits I've observed up close and personal is morbidly obese. She knows she is morbidly obese. She knows she overeats. And yet she continues to do so.

A few examples of what I observed of this person's feeding habits.

She was going to Weight Watchers. And at that point in time she had actually lost quite a bit of weight, now  all re-gained, plus a couple hundred new pounds. She had been to a Weight Watchers meeting before picking me up to take me from one location to another. On the way she asked if I was hungry. I indicated I was. So, we stopped at a Metzel's. We ordered the turkey dinner. She asked for an extra side of cranberries. I asked if this turkey dinner was okay with Weight Watchers. She said she'd add up the points and make up for it later. Whatever that meant.

And then, with the turkey dinner finished, the waitress showed up and asked if we would like dessert. I said no thank you, while the Weight Watcher ordered a double hot fudge brownie sundae. I was appalled. And more appalled when I saw the big plate covered  with brownies, ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream.

She ate the whole thing.

A week later I was with the Weight Watcher and others at an excellent Indian restaurant. By the time dinner was over I was completely satisfied and full. The Indian restaurant offered no desserts which met the Weight Watchers sweet needs. And so, as we drove away, the Weight Watcher directed her husband to go to a nearby fast food joint where she special ordered something she must have special ordered many times previous, that being a large container intended for a milkshake, but instead filled with soft vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

A few days after observing the milkshake-sized hot fudge indulgence I was in a grocery store with the Weight Watcher.

I saw her put fresh green beans in a bag and into her shopping cart. I thought, well this is a level of healthy I've not often observed from the Weight Watcher.

Next in the cart was bacon. What is the bacon for, I asked? To cook with the beans, replied the Weight Watcher.

Next she stood as if mesmerized by a box of chocolate chip cookies, as if trying to resist the impulse, when she suddenly struck with a swift grab and tossed the cookies into the cart.

Next in the cart were three donuts.

Near the donuts was an in-house Starbucks. The Weight Watcher ordered a super sweet vanilla drink. I asked the super sweet vanilla drink maker how many calories were in the drink. Around 1,200 was the number she uttered.

Recently I read somewhere that some designator of such things, designated obesity as a disease. I don't remember if the determination was that it is a mental illness type disease, or not. But I suspect that is the reality, that being that underlying mental health issues are the underlying reason for the irrational behavior of sticking way more calories in ones mouth than one needs to live a healthy life....

Thursday, April 24, 2014

America Continues In The Top Spot As Most Obese Nation In The World

NationMaster Nation Ranking Obesity Chart
Some Americans like to think that America is #1 in just about anything imaginable.

There is a website, NationMaster, which compares the nations of the world in all sorts of categories.

America is in the top spot in many of those categories.

One of the categories America is #1 in is Obesity.

As in the United States of America is the most Obese nation in the world.

You can go to the NationMaster website and check out the stats for Health and Obesity.

America is not as healthy as some other nations in the world in several health statistics.

With 30.6% of Americans at a state of being overweight to a level that is considered Obese it got me wondering what the grand total poundage of all that excess weight might be. How many calories to the Obese Americans have collectively stored, in fat, on their bodies?

How much did all that weight cost to add  to all those Obese bodies? In other words, how much wealth is invested in all those excess pounds?

If the 30.6% of American who are Obese decided to go on a diet would this cause some sort of economic mayhem? That is one statistic I would really like to know, as in, how much money has all that extra weight cost to gain?

Friday, January 24, 2014

I Don't Think I Will Be Getting Myself A Flattering Man Push Up Muscle Shirt

This morning on Facebook one of my Facebook friends had posted a link to a website called The Flattering Man.

The Facebook Friend posting The Flattering Man link wrote that he was ordering one of these for his brother.

My reaction upon first seeing the advertisement for The Push Up Muscle Shirt was that it was a ridiculous idea.

So, I went to The Flattering Man website and soon found out that I was correct about The Push Up Muscle Shirt being a ridiculous idea.

The Flattering Man website opens to the page you see above, suggesting you order a Muscle Shirt right now so as to squeeze your fat into muscles, instantly.

A short time after the initial page loads the screen goes white and loads a video.

Soon a very muscular man walks through a door, towards the viewer. Then the muscular man gets in the viewers face verbalizing words along the line of...

"Don't you run away. You stay right where you are. I have something you need to hear. What's wrong with you? You really think there is a shirt that can turn a fat slob like you into looking like a muscular man like me? You think that would impress a woman? What would a woman think when you took off your shirt and she sees you are a fat man?"

I did not listen to the entire lecture. The audio was a bit choppy. I think my paraphrasing above is fairly close to what the muscular man was saying, but for your own amusement, go to The Flattering Man website and hear it with your own ears.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Saudi King Abdullah Orders Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari To Lose Weight

In the picture you are looking at a Saudi Arabian named Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari.

Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari is in his late teens. At 1,345 pounds he is believed to be one of the heaviest, most obese, people in the world.

Saudi King Abdullah learned of his morbidly obese subject and ordered that he be transferred from his residence in the South Saudi province of Jazan to the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to undergo treatment at the King Fahd Medical City.

It took a forklift to get Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, strapped to his bed, to a truck to take him to a plane to fly him to Riyadh where the Fahd Medical City has built special beds and trolleys to facilitate moving Khalid.

Khalid's treatment will be a series of exercise and nutritional programs designed to help him shrink.

Apparently many nations in the Middle East have developed an obesity problem. Kuwait, at 42.8%, has the largest number of obese citizens. Saudi Arabia is slightly less obese with 35.2% its people being obese.

I was unable to find any information as to what it is that Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari consumed that caused him to put on so much weight at such a young age.

I have only observed, up close, the feeding habits of one morbidly obese person. It was easy to see why this person continually gained weight.

What I don't understand is what causes people to continue to over consume calories once they reach the point where mobility is compromised.

Friday, June 7, 2013

America's Number One Obesity Ranking With Mexico Coming In Second

I am currently located in Texas. Texas is in the American South. The American South is the most obese region of America.

When I exit Texas and head North and West the population begins noticeably shrinking by the time I get to Colorado and remains shrunk all the way to the West Coast.

The Wikipedia article titled Epidemiology of obesity contains the following blurb about the overweight American South....

As of 2007, 33% of men and 36% of women are obese. Rates of obesity vary between social groups, with minorities and low-income individuals more likely to be overweight. The rates are as high as 50% among African American women.

Geography is a major factor. The American South has been described alternatively as "Stroke belt", "Obesity belt", or "Diabetes belt", to reflect the fact that all residents of the region have high incidences of these three conditions, compared to people of the same race/ethnicity elsewhere in the country. 

The American South is the most obese region of America. Can you guess what is the most obese developed country on the planet? If you guessed America, you guessed correctly....

Developed Nation Obesity Ranking

Rank  Countries  Amount  
# 1    United States:30.6% 
# 2    Mexico:24.2% 
# 3    United Kingdom:23% 
# 4    Slovakia:22.4% 
# 5    Greece:21.9% 
# 6    Australia:21.7% 
# 7    New Zealand:20.9% 
# 8    Hungary:18.8% 
# 9    Luxembourg:18.4% 
# 10    Czech Republic:14.8% 
# 11    Canada:14.3% 
# 12    Spain:13.1% 
# 13    Ireland:13% 
# 14    Germany:12.9% 
= 15    Portugal:12.8% 
= 15    Finland:12.8% 
# 17    Iceland:12.4% 
# 18    Turkey:12% 
# 19    Belgium:11.7% 
# 20    Netherlands:10% 
# 21    Sweden:9.7% 
# 22    Denmark:9.5% 
# 23    France:9.4% 
# 24    Austria:9.1% 
# 25    Italy:8.5% 
# 26    Norway:8.3% 
# 27    Switzerland:7.7% 
= 28    Korea, South:3.2% 
= 28    Japan:3.2%