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  1. mithrandirjn

    It's Possible to Be Obese and Heart-Healthy says Study

    Oh, I certainly agree with that; as you pointed out, there's ample data showing the higher risks involved in accumulation of visceral fat than with subcutaneous, and I do find it frustrating when some argue that they're healthy despite not knowing all their body's particulars and fully realizing...
  2. mithrandirjn

    It's Possible to Be Obese and Heart-Healthy says Study

    "For the most part, the behaviors that promote fitness most effectively defend against fatness into the bargain. It is certainly possible to be thin and unhealthy, which is why health, not a particular weight, is what we should be aiming for as both individuals and a society," he said. We...
  3. mithrandirjn

    Too Damned Fat

    On the one hand I kind of do sympathize with the docs; I don't think in the majority of cases they're dealing with they see many obese patients who manage to keep up and maintain good health and/or nutrition. I don't think it's a stretch to say that the majority of people who put on "excessive...
  4. mithrandirjn

    Documentary: Chubby Chaser

    Yeah, body image issues don't necessarily have to be discussed in overtly sexual tones. When I was in grade school I was one of the bigger kids, and I got made fun of for it for a few years, up until around the 3rd grade, I think. I certainly wasn't sexualized or very close to puberty at...
  5. mithrandirjn

    Soft Drink Limits in BC

    Honestly, restrictions like the one in NYC don't bother me, mainly because most of these places have a level of control over commerce within their borders. Doesn't mean they're necessarily smart or logical laws, they are VERY open for debate, but they really don't irk me like they seem to get to...
  6. mithrandirjn

    Why do people get fat...or not.

    Last I read on the whole "eat smaller meals throughout the day" thing is that it isn't so much a sound weight-loss method (as in, it's not some sort of magical metabolism booster), but for many people it works well because by eating something small every couple of hours, the person doesn't find...
  7. mithrandirjn

    County places obese child in foster care.

    Absolutely; there's no getting around how overmedicated society has become (especially for kids), how much crap gets pumped into a lot of our foods, all of that is more than valid, they're enormous reasons for concern. People still need to take personal responsibility for their own health (and...
  8. mithrandirjn

    Georgia vs Fat Kids

    Bolded part: you just described a person that doesn't exist. Saying "but the child isn't experiencing health problems now" is very short sighted; habits developed and ingrained during childhood carry over to adulthood, where many illnesses, such as diabetes and many others, start to manifest...
  9. mithrandirjn

    Georgia vs Fat Kids

    But that's not at all what was said. It was a note to parents about the social dangers of your kid being overweight; schools can't prevent all bullying, first off, and that's not even going into the health dangers of childhood obesity. As somebody who was a target of bullies at a young age...
  10. mithrandirjn

    Georgia vs Fat Kids

    What were you even arguing? Parents don't control their child's skin tone. You can't change it, you can't alter it, etc. Parents DO have a lot of control over the health of their children, which is something they CAN change and/or improve. Sending notes home about unhealthy children is a way...
  11. mithrandirjn

    County places obese child in foster care.

    I'm sorry, but did I just read fat being equated with homosexuality? Really? It's fine to say that some people are more predisposed to having wider frames, having slower metabolisms, or having more stubborn belly fat/thigh fat/whatever fat, but putting it on the same plane as sexual...
  12. mithrandirjn

    Georgia vs Fat Kids

    While certainly some kids will have bigger frames or slower metabolisms than others, it's not really a matter of genetics when a child is obese before they even hit 10 years old, barring cases where a child's physical abilities are limited. Not to say parents must bear 100% of the blame, but...
  13. mithrandirjn

    A very Interesting Study On Weightloss and regaining weight after Dieting

    Yeah, obviously restriction makes sense if a person looks at their typical portion sizes and realizes they're far too big (I know it hit me when I realized how often I was ordering big dinners at places like Chilis or something when I'd go out for lunch), but portion control is different from...
  14. mithrandirjn

    Georgia vs Fat Kids

    This is a complicated issue, but right on the surface I'm definitely not comfortable with the imagery that you know kids are going to see, too. That isn't helping anything. I'm all for fighting childhood obesity: kids don't have a lot of control over their diets nor do they get to dictate how...
  15. mithrandirjn

    Studies Show....

    Believe me when I say I would never, ever want to see somebody denied healthcare for any ailment no matter how they got it, whether they were "at fault" or not. I'm a 100% believer in universal healthcare, and that means caring for anyone who needs it. That said, to me it's a moral issue; I...
  16. mithrandirjn

    A very Interesting Study On Weightloss and regaining weight after Dieting

    Calorie counting isn't a terrible thing, so long as you don't allow yourself to become overly obsessive about it: it's good to know what you're putting into your system, and it's good to learn how your body handles it. Really, the whole concept of "dieting" in America has to be eliminated...
  17. mithrandirjn

    Studies Show....

    I don't think you're going to get far trying to argue that active lifestyle ailments are costing the healthcare system the way sedentary-lifestyle driven illnesses are. I can't claim to have the numbers in front of me, but illnesses such as diabetes and what have you are longer lasting than...
  18. mithrandirjn

    The daily exercise report thread!!

    Got back into P90X for a second go-round, just about to begin week 4 (day 22). Feels pretty good; it's one of those deals where other people see the results you apparently get, but I'm starting to appreciate it a bit more personally.
  19. mithrandirjn

    Susanne Eman wants to be World's Heaviest Person.

    Yeah, a body can adapt to a big weight loss or gain over a protracted span of time, hence why a lot of weight loss experts will suggest that losing more than, say, a pound in a given week can be a dangerous road to go down. Lots of reasons for it, not the least of which being that a body has...
  20. mithrandirjn

    How much do you think your size has influenced....

    I can't say that I was ever very big, but I was definitely one of the chubby kids in grade school. That, combined with being more book smart than street smart/sports smart at that age, meant that I took quite a bit of verbal abuse. I think this lead to me developing a bit of a thin skin...
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