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% 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Chaz Bono Loses 60 Pounds By Changing His Eating Habits.

Chaz Bono is sending out an admirably good message regarding weight loss.

Chaz Bono has been in the news lately due to his 60 pound weight loss, which has rendered a noticeably slimmer Chaz Bono.

Chaz is not promoting any special diet as being his means of achieving significant weight reduction.

What Chaz Bono is promoting is the fact that he lost weight by learning to eat a more properly nutritious diet.

As in Chaz Bono knocked off the high calorie snacks and desserts and junk food and started eating more fruits and vegetables and lean meats.

With the healthier diet Chaz felt more energetic, which brought about an amped up exercise regimen, which also amped up the weight loss.

I think Dancing with the Stars should give Chaz Bono another shot at the coveted mirror ball trophy.

If Chaz could talk his mom, Cher, into also dancing, Dancing with the Stars would have the biggest star dancing that they have ever had on the ballroom floor....

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Frosty the Snowman's Drastic Weight Loss & Extreme Body Makeover

Frosty the Snowman is providing some weight loss inspiration for the upcoming period of New Year's Resolutions. That being the time of the year when so many of us strive to get to that ideal figure of ideal measurements so few of us ever manage to get to, even after year after year and decade after decade of trying.

I think if Frosty the Snowman can be such a Big Loser, so can I.

So can you.

I also notice that Frosty got a nose job as part of his Extreme Makeover. That is too drastic. No nose job for me.

Actually, now that you are making me think about it, Frosty the Snowman is a really bad example of a role model for dieting and getting in shape. All Frosty needed to do to re-shape his shape was get a hot air blower.

No need to reduce caloric intake, or increase exercise.

All Frosty needed to lose weight and get in shape was well placed heat.

I think there is a lesson for all of us in this....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Airlines Are Getting Serious About Flying Obese Customers Of Size

I have no fear of flying. I do have a fear of the claustrophobic nature of flying.

When I get onboard and find my seat I sit there hoping that I end up having the row to myself. That has happened only once. My next wish is that I have the window seat, someone has the aisle seat, with the middle seat empty.

If all the seats are taken it is my next hope that it is a small kid sitting next to me, next hope a small teenager, next a small female, next a small male.

I have only been stuck next to a full sized male once. This felt very crowded.

My greatest flying fear is to be in my seat and see an obese person making their way down the aisle, with me sitting there hoping this person is not going to sit next to me. This has never happened and I've only been on one plane where there was a hugely plus-sized person on board, with the plus-sizedness coming from both height and girth.

The various airlines have been getting a bit tougher with their policies regarding hugely overweight people getting onboard, with Southwest Airlines leading the way.

With Southwest you either fit in the 17 inches between the armrests or you buy a second seat.

United is now urging passengers who require extra seating to book that extra seat prior to getting to the airport, where you may be refused plane entry at the gate if you have not purchased an extra seat.

I wonder how many obese people are actually flying? Like I previously said, I have only seen one really big person on a plane.

It seems sort of unfair to the non-obese that a person weighing 150 pounds pays the same as a person weighing 500 pounds.

If you check in your luggage and it weighs even slightly over the allotted weight, you pay extra.

It takes a lot more airplane fuel to lift 500 pounds off the ground than 150 pounds.

Maybe some planes should be retrofitted with special seats for the obese, like two in a row, rather than three. The obese person then books their flight on these special retrofitted planes and pays a surcharge.

That seems fair.

An obese person has spent a lot of money on food to add all that extra girth. It really does not seem fair that the non-obese should basically subsidize the lifestyle of the obese by paying the same for an airplane ticket.

And how is it fair for a person who is well within that 17 inches between armrests to be placed next to a person who spreads outside that perimeter? It clearly is not fair.

I am almost 100% certain I will be flying soon. Hopefully without a "customer of size" as the airlines like to refer to the obese, sitting next to me.