Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fat Actress Kirstie Alley's Parasite Diet

After Cheers ended Rebbecca Howe, I mean, actress Kirstie Alley, famously blimped out, adding a lot of adipose tissue to her formerly shapely, thin form.

Kirstie Alley then got a show on Showtime, called Fat Actress. Fat Actress was the somewhat satirically fictionalized story of Kirstie Alley's life as a Fat Actress.

Fat Actress showed up on TV in the spring of 2005. The show was not renewed for another season.

But, Kirstie Alley lost weight and became the spokeswoman for Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers or Richard Simmons or one of those other ubiquitous weight loss specialists.

I do not know if Kirstie Alley kept the weight off, or if she is back being a Fat Actress.

In the below video you can watch Kirstie Alley on Fat Actress discussing going on a Parasite Diet....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

How the Man Boobs Nation Gets Rid Of Man Boobs

Having Man Boobs can be a bit humiliating. I know this from personal experience. I went from being flat-chested to one day realizing, while running and experiencing a flopping sensation, that I was no longer flat-chested.

At first I tried to convince myself that I had very well-developed pectoral muscles, thus creating the illusion of Man Boobs. I believe this illusion delusion to be a variant of how an anorexic can look in a mirror and see fat. Only I look in a mirror and don't see fat, I see muscle, when what I'm really looking at is a pair of big ol' Man Boobs.

Like I said. Humiliating.

Once you realize you are sporting a pair worthy of something more substantial than a training bra, it becomes embarrassing to go shirtless. You start thinking everyone is staring at your Man Boobs, likely because everyone is staring at your Man Boobs.

Several things can cause Man Boobs, aka Moobs. The main causal factor is being overweight. If you are carrying more than 30% of your weight as fat, you likely are going to have Man Boobs to some degree. Lose the weight and the Man Boobs shrink.

Steroid abuse can cause Man Boobs to grow. Which is one more reason to not take steroids.

Excess alcohol consumption, or marijuana smoking can cause Man Boobs, particularly pot smoking.

Lack of exercise and its resultant lack of muscle tone can bring on Man Boobs.

So, how am I getting rid of my Man Boobs? Well, I don't smoke pot or drink alcohol. I have never touched a steroid.

To get rid of my Man Boobs I need to lose weight and get more exercise. That's my plan. When I get rid of my Man Boobs, I will take a picture and show it to you. But I'm not going to take off my shirt and take a picture of my current Man Boobs to show you.

It is just too humiliating.

For more Man Boob inspiration you can visit the Man Boob Nation website.

And watch the video below, which starts with a short commercial, which, when it is in an ironic mode, is a McDonald's  commercial...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Are You An Emotional Eater?

When something upsets you or makes you mad is your first inclination to head for the kitchen or the nearest fast food joint?

If so, you are what is known as an Emotional Eater.

Females have a greater tendency to be Emotional Eaters. Non-Emotional Eaters also eat when they get upset, but the Emotional Eaters, particularly the female variant, tend to indulge in high fat/high calorie food.

Researchers set up a study where dozens of Emotional Eaters were split in to two groups. One group was put in a stressful situation, the other no stress. Both groups were presented with a luncheon buffet with a variety of high fat/low fat, sweet and healthy foods.

The stressed Emotional Eaters took after the fatty, sweet, energy-dense food. While that non-stressed Emotional Eaters ate way less and ate way healthier.

Researchers think this may be a conditioned response, with the stressed Emotional Eaters going after the carbo heavy foods that can trigger a feeling of happiness and calmness due to the mood regulating amino acid known as tryptophan.

I don't think the morbidly obese individuals who's feeding habits I have observed up close were Emotional Eaters. Unless they were in a constant state of stress that I was not aware of, causing the constant over-eating.

Michelle Obama Battling the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Michelle Obama got a wakeup call from her pediatrician who told her that her kids were over weight.

Unlike way too many parents, Mrs. Obama quickly fixed the problem, knocked off the fast, convenient food and amped up her kid's activity level and the nutritive value of what she fed them.

Hardly a day goes by that I don't see at least one terribly obese kid. Usually this occurs at Wal-Mart.

I do not recollect seeing an obese kid with what appeared to be the kid's parental units without the parental units also being seriously over weight.

I think feeding your child too much food, not regulating the kid's intake, allowing a kid to get too FAT, well, I think that this is Child Abuse.

I think Child Protective Services should intervene when a kid is too FAT. I think this would have a very good effect on the Childhood Obesity Epidemic.

Of course there would be those who would say an Obese Child and the parent's enabling the obesity are none of the government's business. I would say those who think that are wrong.

Below Michelle Obama talks about the Childhood Obesity Epidemic and why it is a subject that is important to her....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Weird Al" Yankovic: Gets Bad By Being Fat & Proud Of It

Famed singer, "Weird Al" Yankovic, a martyr to his art, put on an extremely large amount of weight, going from skinny to extremely morbidly obese, so that he could produce an Anthem for those who are Proud to be Fat.

Watch the YouTube video below to hear "Weird Al's" passioned plea for Fat Tolerance and watch how smoothly "Weird Al" moves all that heft...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Donna Simpson's Quest to be the World's Fattest Woman and a Supersized Bombshell

That is Donna Simpson you're looking at in the picture.

No relation to Jessica.

Donna Simpson's goal in life is to be the Fattest Woman in the World.

Donna posts photos of herself in various venues, showing off how fat she is. Donna brags about having the biggest belly in the world.

Donna Simpson displays her achievements on a website called Supersized Bombshells, which you can join, should you desire, to view special jiggly videos and photos.of Donna Simpson and other Super Obese Women proudly displaying the work they have done on their bodies to turn themselves in to Supersized Bombshells.

Personally I find this all extremely unseemly. As do others, like the guy from the UK, in the below YouTube video, who is appalled at Donna Simpson and her inexplicable behavior...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Are You Unsure If You Are Obese? There Are Various Methods To Answer That Question

I really do not know how a person might not know if they are obese or not. But, apparently there is some confusion out there in the land of over-eaters as to whether or not all that over-eating and under-moving has led to obesity.

The various methods of determining if an individual is obese all come down to figuring out how much of their body is made up of adipose tissue. Also known as fat.

To me the easiest method is to just look in a mirror. Or ask someone you trust, "Am I fat:?"

Way back in the 1800s a complicated method of determining if someone was obese was invented called the Body Mass Index, also known as the Quetelet Index. Or simply, BMI.

To calculate your BMI you take your weight in pounds and multiply that number by 703. Then you divide the result of that multiplication by the square of your height in inches.

See what I mean about it being easier just to ask someone if you're fat?

Wikipedia has a very, very detailed article about all you could possibly want to know about BMI.

Below is a YouTube video that goes into some detail about BMI and other ways of figuring out if you are obese and also what type people have a greater tendency to get obese...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gar the Texan's Sister's Unexpected Weight Surgery Complication

A native of Texas, calling himself Gar the Texan, sent me a picture of his sister yesterday, as some sort of cautionary warning about a particular weight reduction surgery.

I digress to mention that Gar the Texan's native state, Texas, is one of the Fattest American States, yet not ranked in the Top 10, coming in at 13th Fattest, according to CalorieLab.

Gar the Texan claims his sister went under the plastic surgical knife to get a butt lift, with results that left her quite dissatisfied.

Gar the Texan's sister wants to get the word out.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Observing the Feeding Habits of a Couple Morbidly Obese People

I have had the privilege of closely observing the feeding habits of only two morbidly obese people. Observed, up close, it is easy to see why weight is constantly gained.

Both of the morbidly obese people, who's feeding habits I observed, had to top off every meal with a sugary treat.

I remember one of these two obese people, a male, having pizza in Eastern Washington, that had to be topped off with several candy bars.

The female obese person, who's feeding habits I have observed, and who is more obese than the male obese person, also had a worse dessert habit.

I recollect one instance where a fine healthy, nutritional Indian cuisine dinner was consumed. Upon leaving the restaurant the morbidly obese person insisted she needed to go to a nearby fast food restaurant where they custom made her a hot fudge sundae, filling up a milkshake glass.

The last time I personally witnessed the foraging habits of the most obese person I have ever observed up close, she was in a Safeway. Among the items that went into the grocery cart were bacon, donuts and a box of cookies, which the obese person seemed mesmerized by, as if caught in a push/pull dilemma, should I or should I not? After about a minute the cookies went into the shopping cart. Then a stop at the store's Starbucks to buy a sugary vanilla drink. Which I learned later contained well over 1,000 calories.

I assume this foraging pattern is repeated day after day. I recollect being at some event with this same obese person and she went to get something to eat. She came back with a healthy looking salad that she paid over 7 bucks for. She proceeded to pick out the salad's bacon, cheese and nuts and gave me the less fattening parts to eat.

I recollect being at another event where event goers seemed to take pleasure in bringing food to the obese person. Like one guy showed up and gave her a box of donuts.

The donuts incident is why I totally buy into that Harvard study that indicated that obesity is an infectious disease. In a normal day for me, I come in no contact with donuts. That day the donuts appeared I had a maple bar and an apple fritter. If I were to be in this particular obese person's personal space day after day, no doubt, I would put on weight.

I probably seem like maybe I am being a bit insensitive about obese people. But, I really don't think I am. I really feel sorry for anyone who gets into such a condition. It totally baffles and bothers me that this problem is such an epidemic.

I have been baffled when I've seen the obesity causing behavior up close, and I have been baffled by it from afar. Like a woman I saw tonight in Wal-Mart, stuffed into one of the Wal-Mart electric carts. I was amazed the cart was able to move, that the woman was able to get into the store, and then into the cart.

When your body starts to bloat up, why do you keep eating? I really think someone needs to figure this out.

The most obese person I've observed up close, who I've not seen since a couple hundred pounds ago, when she started to "fill out" she lost her neck. Her shoulders just swelled up and consumed her neck. With no neck, she was unable to turn her head. So, to look right or left, she had to rotate her entire body.

And she kept on eating.

As the fat shoved her head deeper and deeper into her chest she took on the appearance of Jabba the Hut. I'm not making this up. Multiple people have made this observation.

Don't go thinking it cruel of me to be so blunt about this particular obese person. She does not read my blog. She's under a restraining order forbidding her from stalking me, including making comments on my blogs or the blogs of anyone I know.

Now, push yourself away from the dinner table and go on a walk.

Laugh at the Fat Kid

Laugh at the Fat Kid is a short movie about a Fat Kid. It isn't Happy Meals making this kid fat. It is bad food from a bad parent who probably does not know any better.

The Fat Kid in this movie gets teased and bullied at school.

And then his parental caretaker picks him up after school.

With a box of donuts in the car.

San Francisco Mayor Newsom Vetoes Happy Meal Ban with Veto Overturn Expected

As expected, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's controversial Happy Meal Ban.

The Supervisors had voted 8 to 3 in favor of the Happy Meal Ban. It takes an 8 to 3 vote to overturn a veto.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to overturn the mayor's veto.

Mayor Newsom's reasoning for the veto sounded quite reasonable. As in he basically believes it is not the government's business to dictate what a restaurant can put on its menu. Or to do the parenting job for parents.

I really am not understanding how it can even be legal to dictate the contents of a Happy Meal.

Why not just make only the Fat Kids to get the "improved" Happy Meals? How is it fair to punish the healthy weighted kids who want a normal Happy Meal?

Why stop with just tinkering with Happy Meals? Why doesn't the San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote to install Food Police in all San Francisco grocery stores. Ban the sale of any junk food to any person who has an Fat Kid with them.

Or make all San Francisco parents take their kids in for a Fat Inspection. If they pass they get a Happy Meal Junk Food license. To buy a Happy Meal or Junk Food, the license must be shown.

Of course this would just make a Happy Meal Junk Food Black Market. Or send parents with Fat Kids outside the borders of San Francisco to get their Happy Meals and Junk Food.

I am sort of embarrassed for San Francisco over this Happy Meal nonsense. Seems like the town has a good mayor though.

And doing something about Childhood Obesity is a worthy goal. But, changing the contents of Happy Meals won't help all victims of Childhood Obesity, like the girl you'll meet in the YouTube video below....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

215 Million Overweight Chinese Enjoying Kentucky Fried Chicken

America may have the world's highest percentage of overweight people. But China holds the title for the most overweight people.

As in there are around 215 million overweight Chinese.

There are only 310,697,641 Americans, in the most recent estimate. There are 1,340,590,00 Chinese.

I remember when I was a kid being told to clean my plate because there were starving kids in China who would love to eat what I was not eating.

I remember when China had famines, with Chinese starving to death.

And now, in 2010, China exports food to the United States. I have Chinese garlic in my kitchen. And Chinese scallops.

American food has made its way in to China. This may explain some of the Chinese weight gain. Many of the American fast food joints are now operating in China. Like McDonald's and KFC.

The Chinese have really taken to Kentucky Fried Chicken. More so than McDonald's. KFC outlets outnumber McDonald's by a 3 to 2 ratio in China.

KFC is opening around 250 new restaurants a year in China. The Colonel has expanded from the Big Cities out to the Chinese hinterlands, with equal success.

A bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken does not seem cheap to a Chinese budget, but for some reason KFC is fashionable with the Chinese. When a new KFC opens it is swarmed with customers, to the extent that security guards are always required to control the crowd.

In the below YouTube video you will see a news report about the Chinese Obesity Epidemic. Including a shot of Chinese walking past a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Francis Fighting His Morbid Obesity with Gastric Bypass Surgery

That is Francis, above. Francis describes himself as morbidly obese. Doctors gave Francis a bad prognosis, due to his obesity, with an extremely shortened lifespan, not expecting him to make it to 30 years old.

Francis was somewhere over 500 pounds when he decided he had to do something to reduce his size.

Francis tried to exercise more. That was too stressful.

So, despite the 1 in 100 mortality rate, Francis decided to opt out for gastric bypass surgery. The surgery was a success. Within a month Francis was recovered from the surgery and his size was shrinking.

In the below National Geographic video below you meet Francis, who happens to be a very articulate guy. You see the strain that his obesity causes Francis.

And you see Francis in the operating room getting gastric bypass surgery...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nutrition Professor Mark Haub Loses 27 Pounds on the Twinkie Diet

I fear no good is going to come from the man you see in the picture telling the world how he managed to lose 27 pounds in two months.

Professor Mark Haub, at Kansas State University, where he is a Professor of Human Nutrition posed the premise that in weight loss it is counting calories which matters most. Not where those calories come from,

Now, this is not ground-breaking news, that consuming fewer calories than your caloric needs is going to cause weight loss.

However, what Professor Haub ate to lose weight does go against the conventional wisdom. Twinkies, Doritos, various Little Debbie convenience store goodies, Kellogg's Corn Pops and other sugary goodies.

Professor Haub carefully kept count of the calories he was consuming. Just to maintain a steady weight, he'd need about 2,600 calories a day. Eating junk food, Haub took in less than 1,800 a day. Hence the weight loss.

A further disturbing piece of this news is the fact that, apparently, Professor Haub's LDL (bad cholesterol) dropped 20%. His HDL (good cholesterol) increased 20 %. His triglyceride level dropped 39%.

The healthy outcome, from the unhealthy diet, is perplexing those who worry about such things.

Overlooked, maybe, is the additional fact that, amongst the sugary junk, Professor Haub also drank 150 calories worth of whole milk, drank a protein shake, ate some baby carrots and other vegetables and took Centrum Advanced Formula From A to Zinc.

Now, my fear is that the news of the success of the Twinkie Diet is going to be heard only in part.

As in, the one or two obese people who's feeding habits I have observed are already on the Twinkie Diet. Neither is very bright. They likely will now conclude they just were not eating enough Twinkies and will amp up the consumption hoping for that magic weight loss. Neither would be able to process the part about counting calories.

Did Hostess and Little Debbie stock go up today?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Top Ten Fattest & Fittest Cities In America

You can find many a list listing Top 10, 25 or 100 cities, states or countries as to who is the Fattest. Or Fittest.

Men's Health magazine is a publication that seems to particularly enjoy ranking places for various things by various criteria.

I think the latest Men's Health Top 25 rankings for Fattest & Fittest Cities took place in 2009.

According to Men's Health, in 2009, Miami was the Fattest City in America.

With Salt Lake City being the Fittest City in America.

Texas has the honor of placing the most cities in the Top 25 Fattest, with 3 Texas cities in the Top Ten. My current place of residence, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, was 14th Fattest.

Only 1 Texas city is on the list of 25 Fittest Cities, that would be Austin at 17th Fittest.

The Top 10 Fattest American Cities
  1. Miami, Florida
  2. Oklahoma  City, Oklahoma
  3. San Antonio, Texas
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. New York City, New York
  6. Houston, Texas
  7. El Paso, Texas
  8. Jacksonville, Florida
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. Louisville-Jefferson, Kentucky
I would have bet on Oklahoma City being the Fattest City in America. Not due to having seen the locals with my own eyes, but due to the fact that Oklahoma is, I think, the only state with an Official State Meal consisting of fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.

The Top Ten Fittest American Cities
  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Albuquerque,New Mexico
  6. Portland, Oregon
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. Omaha, Nebraska
  10. Virginia Beach, Virginia
When you drive north, from Texas, heading to the Pacific Northwest, it is in Colorado you begin to notice that it looks like the people have had the air let out of them, as you start seeing way fewer balloon people than you see in Texas. So, no surprise that Denver is the 4th Fittest City.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Obesity Epidemic to Infect 42% of Americans by 2050

Depressing news today, courtesy of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which indicates that reports that the American Obesity Epidemic is slowing down, are wrong.

Harvard has something called an Evolutionary Dynamics Biophysics Program, in which someone named Alison Hill was the author of a study published in something called PLoS Computational Biology.

Currently the U.S. Center for Disease Control has the American adult obesity rate at 34%, with another 34% of Americans being overweight, but not obese.

The Harvard/MIT study looked at obesity as an infectious disease, somehow determining that American obesity rates will rise for another 40 years, leveling off in 2050 with 42% of Americans being obese.

If I am understanding it correctly, according to this study, obesity spreads like an infection. The more obese people, in your personal social network, the more likely you also will become obese, with, on average, a normal weight person having a 2% chance of becoming obese. That % increases 0.4% with each obese person with whom you have close contact.

Apparently the opposite does not work. Obese people do not lose weight if their social contacts are non-obese people.

If I am understanding it correctly, the theory is when you hang out with obese people you are exposed to, and may succumb to their bad habits, thus catching the Obesity Infection.

In my totally humble opinion, it seems ridiculous to predict the American obesity level 40 years in the future. Maybe a magic bullet will come along and cause a massive letting out of the air in the millions of American balloon people, well before 2050.

But, I am taking no chances. I have already eliminated all obese people from my social network. Better safe than sorry.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape & Darlene Cates?

That is Darlene Cates eating in the picture. Darlene Cates is acting in a motion picture in the picture. The movie is What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Darlene Cates character in the movie is Bonnie Grape, mother of Gilbert and Arnie, played by Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo got a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Arnie.

Darlene Cates and Gilbert Grape are on my mind due to a comment yesterday from the Anonymous entity known as Skinny Lament.

Skinny Lament commented that What's Eating Gilbert Grape is the only modern film treatment of morbid obesity. Skinny Lament said he/she was haunted by Gilbert's choice to burn his mother rather suffer the degradation of her rescue.

That made it sound like Gilbert had killed his mother. What actually happened is Bonnie Grape, after years of being unable, managed to make it up the stairs to her bedroom. Where she died. The police told Gilbert they'd need a crane and the National Guard to get Bonnie's body out of the house. So, Gilbert turned the house into a funeral pyre, burning it down.

Skinny Lament also said that Darlene Grape "died from obesity issues some years later."

No. Darlene Cates is still among the living, residing somewhere on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas.

Darlene Cates grew up in the Texas Panhandle town of Dumas, north of Amarillo. When she was 14 she met her future husband, lied to him about her age, marrying him a year later, when he was 25 and she was 15. Darlene has 3 kids, a girl and two boys and 4 grandchildren.

Darlene Cates spent years being a lonely, depressed recluse. Then she got on an anti-depressant and began to return to the world. Soon her story became news with a 1985 appearance on Sally Jessy Raphael. Screenwriter Peter Hodges saw Darlene on the Sally Jessy Raphael show and offered her the role of Bonnie Grape.

In 1981 Darlene had gastroplasty (stomach stapled), at which point she weighed 410 pounds. She lost 100 pounds. Then started to put the weight back on, til she ballooned up to 550 pounds. Which is about the size she was in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Darlene Cate's eating disorder began in her early years when she sought comfort in food. Eating too much, along with a thyroid condition and a slow metabolism, brought big weight gains. And then in 1986 she suffered a pelvic infection which kept her bedridden for 2 years, leading to gaining another 150 pounds.

Darlene Cates has done her part in fighting the Obesity Epidemic. She has conducted school seminars on weight and self-esteem.

After the success of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Darlene Cates went on to star in TV roles on Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel.

Below is a movie trailer for What's Eating Gilbert Grape....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

San Francisco Attacks the Childhood Obesity Epidemic By Banning McDonald's Happy Meals

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic is a very big problem. And getting bigger. But should government be dictating to McDonald's what McDonald's can put in a Happy Meal?

In San Francisco, that's in California, the Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 3 in favor of banning toy giveaways in Happy Meals and other fast food promotions, unless the Happy Meal has some fruit and vegetables in it, along with a lower fat, sugar and sodium content.

The mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has said he will  veto the ban. But the supervisors have enough votes to over turn a veto.

McDonald's is not too happy with San Francisco right now and is fighting the ordinance.

A McDonald's owner in San Francisco, Scott Rodrick was quoted saying, "Somehow the San Francisco Board of Supervisors just took the happy out of Happy Meals."

The Happy Meal ordinance allows restaurants to give away a toy if the Happy Meal amounts to less than 600 calories, has less than 640 milligrams of sodium, less than 35% of the calories coming from fat, of which less than 10% can be saturated fat. Less than 35% of the calories in a milkshake can come from fat, with less than 10% added sugar.

Plus, the Happy Meals must  have at least half a cup of fruit or at least three quarters of a cup of vegetables.

The government micromanaging a Happy Meal like this seems a bit nuts to me. By the way, nuts, seeds, eggs or low-fat cheese are exempted from the Happy Meal fat quotient.

Methinks it's the parents job to decide what their kids eat. How about San Francisco passing an ordinance where a parent of an obese child gets arrested for buying his fat kid a Happy Meal, slapped with a hefty fine and forced to attend parenting school? Or, better yet, bypass the Happy Meal trigger and just start charging the parents of obese children with child abuse. That'd be more efficient.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Weighing Over 1000 Pounds Is No Laughing Matter

You are looking at what a 1000 pound plus human looks like.

A disturbingly large number of humans have gone over the 1000 pound point.

I don't understand how this happens. Who brings them food?

Yesterday I was remembering a news story about a guy in Granbury, Texas who was over 1000 pounds who needed to get to a hospital in Dallas. Why? I didn't remember.

So, I Googled "Granbury Texas Obese Man" and was surprised to find I'd blogged about this on October 3 of 2008 and that my blogging about this subject Googled in the #1 spot. The blogging was titled "Obesity Is No Laughing Matter."

I was a bit amused to learn I've already mused about the subject of 1000 plus pounders, and then forgot I'd done so.

Wikipedia has an article with a list of the World's Heaviest People.No one I know is on the list. I know of a person, or two, working hard to get on the list.

Below is a YouTube video that is a History of People over 1000....

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Warmth Advantages in Being Overweight

This morning I found myself swimming for about a half hour in my un-heated pool. With the air temperature 57.

It takes a couple minutes to acclimate to the chill. And then, til the body core starts getting too cold, swimming is quite doable.

A time or two previous I have wondered and asked if people who are overweight, like carrying an extra 100 pounds or more, are they much more easily able to tolerate cold temperatures? Both in water and air?

Most extremely overweight people do not get a lot of exercise. Which is one of the reasons they are over weight.

I am thinking that it might be possible that a hugely overweight person would greatly enjoy some time in a cool pool.

Another thing about being hugely overweight and in water is a FAT person is pretty much impossible to sink. I have known only one hugely obese person, who also got in water. She was able to simply stand and float, bobbing in the waves. It is physically impossible for me to do such a thing. It looks like fun.

Though, hugely overweight women do have a problem with their Mae West's, if their Mae West's are substantially sized. Floating in water, standing up, well, the breasts become two giant flotation devices that could become quite uncomfortable and annoying. And maybe dangerous.

So, is being hugely overweight like having a natural skin diver's outfit on? Does it work the same way it works for another large mammal, that being whales, who are able to function in extremely cold water due to their thick layer of blubber.

I want to find the answer to this vexing question without having to go to the time and bother of larding on a couple hundred pounds to find out.