Thursday, January 7, 2016
From a formerly slightly obese reader....
I found an entertaining illustration I thought you might get a kick out of which illustrates how many have evolved from pre-historic man to the current condition of much of humanity.
Personally, my stage of human evolution is still stuck being like that guy in the middle.
I think this is the second, or third, new year in a row where I did not need to make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight and get under 200 pounds.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
After successfully checking in, at some point during the pre-board phase of flying the woman was pulled aside and basically told she was too fat to fly, and would need to buy an extra seat or fly first class.
No extra seat was available on that flight. Nor was a first class seat available. She was told she could wait til a seat was available on another flight or cancel.
The Hawaiian vacation was cancelled, followed by the failed vacationer going into embarrassed hiding.
For even a normal sized person flying is a cramped experience, the seats too narrow, not enough leg room.
Why would an obese person want to put themselves through such torture? And there is no denying that letting a morbidly obese person board is not fair to the other passengers, to those stuck on the same row, and to the rest of the passengers. What if there is an emergency?
It is a bit ironic that the bags one checks in get weighed, with a fee charged if they weigh over the allowed amount. Carry on bags must not be over a certain size or you will be made to check them in as baggage.
Yet humans of all sizes pay the same fare. With only some of the obese denied boarding. A skinny 6 foot 6 guy weighing 250 pounds pays the same as a little old lady weighing 90 pounds.
Googling "Too Fat To Fly" I came upon a guy named Michael Slade's amusing description of what he experienced when he found himself crammed up against the window by a woman he calls Mrs. Jumbo, squeezing herself into the middle seat.
The title of Mr. Slade's tale is "Too Fat To Fly Coach".
The entire story is an amusingly woeful tale. Below are the final three paragraphs....
What I care about is I had to spend a five-plus hour flight from Newark to San Francisco wedged up against the wall of the plane, feeling a mountain of wool-encased blubber pressed up against my left hip and leg. What I care about is that I could not change the channel or adjust the volume for my in-flight entertainment because Mrs. Jumbo’s flesh had engulfed the arm rest that housed the controls… much the way the Blob engulfed everything it came in contact with in the 1958 Steve McQueen movie. I care that it was only by contorting myself into a tiny corner of my allotted seat that I could avoid becoming engulfed like the unfortunate arm rest. I care that I paid for a seat and wound up with something between a half and three-quarters of a seat, whereas Mrs. Jumbo paid for a seat and wound up with something between one and a half and two seats (based on my assumption that her left side oozed over as much as her right side).
I realize that to squeeze in more passengers the airlines are making seats narrower and leg room almost non-existent. And I realize that they are doing this at the same time that 68.3% of Americans are overweight and 35.7% are clinically obese (and that those percentages are rising). But none of that should be my problem.
If the airlines are willing and able to set and (at times) enforce a rule that says bags measuring more than 22 inches can not be carried on… if they can have the necessary tools to measure the size of a questionable bag, and determine whether or not it can be placed in the overhead compartment, if they can say, “I’m sorry, that bag is too big to be put in the overhead compartment, you will have to check it,” then they should also be able to measure the width of a questionable passenger and say, “I’m sorry, those hips are too wide to fit in a coach seat. You will either have to purchase a second seat or upgrade yourself to Business or First Class where the seats are wider.”
Monday, October 6, 2014
Personally I like pigs. I think pigs are cute. Bacon is delicious. So are pork chops.
But, on Facebook today I saw that someone had a problem with pork, 13 problems to be exact. I don't know how accurate the following claimed problems are, but I thought they were worth sharing....
13 PROBLEMS WITH PORK
1) A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.
2) The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.
3) When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.
4) Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.
5) Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.
6) Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.
7) When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal's flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.
8) Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts, and eggs will be killed.
9) Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.
10) Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine's one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.
11) The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why God commanded that we are not even to touch their carcass (Leviticus 11:8).
12) The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.
13) The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
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
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
|NationMaster Nation Ranking Obesity Chart|
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?