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Brad
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0 posted 04-23-2005 03:58 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/23/opinion/23tierney.html?


quote:
For those of us lacking six-pack abs, this week's report that the overweight live longer is the greatest medical news in history. The authors of this study deserve a Nobel, not just for medicine, but for peace, too.

They have taken away the favorite cudgel of the scolds who used the "obesity epidemic" as an excuse to attack the flabby. The supposedly deadly consequences of fat provided the scientific rationale for the last politically correct form of prejudice.

The fatophobes are fighting on, disputing the new study and arguing that it still shows the fatal dangers of being seriously obese. But they have lost the scientific high ground. Not only do people of "normal" weight die younger than the moderately overweight, the study shows, but thin people die even younger than those of normal weight.


And I loved this part:

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But the new study does give us ammunition for the beach this summer. The trick is to be subtle when confronted with glistening hardbodies. Don't insult them. Gaze admiringly, and bemoan your own paunch. Then sigh and talk about the future responsibilities you have - children to raise, the mortgage to pay off, the relatives to support.

When the hardbody looks confused, stop and gaze admiringly again before continuing: "God, I wish had your body - and your courage. Good for you! Don't listen to those medical nerds. Go for it! Live lean, die young, leave a beautiful corpse."


The basic line is that thin is rich and fat is poor.

Denise
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1 posted 04-23-2005 10:52 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Then I should live to be 100, easily!
Alicat
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2 posted 04-23-2005 12:01 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

It does go both ways.  See, I've had an 8-pack (6 is for underachievers) since I was about 13.  I'll be 35 this year and still have it.  Just one of those body types, ectomorph, which gains definition quickly but not mass.  Definite downside is when I get sick.  Since I'm thin, I don't have large fat reserves.  When I get sick, my body uses those up first to fight the bugs, then starts in on the muscle when the fat's depleted.  So I lose weight I can't afford to lose, which makes me more tired and prone to illness.  Not to mention that it's a right bugger for me to gain weight.

I get sick, drop 5-10 pounds in one week, then have to work for months to restore what was lost.  There are definite times when having low body fat has drawbacks.
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3 posted 04-24-2005 10:14 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

I've done a few concerts lately in very hot and crowded halls, hundreds of singers and players. (It's Carmina Baruna, what else could you have? ) but the little skinny girls were falling down like flies, but I was still just fine. You'd think I'd be down too, since I'd get hot faster. Shrug

I still think my weight makes me a bit harty against those things. I'm also the last person to catch things going around Too bad it's so unattractive!

Love's a lovely lad
His bringing up is beauty
Who loves him not is mad
For I must pay him duty
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4 posted 04-24-2005 10:53 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Well, luckily, I've built up a mental resistance to most things out there.  My SO, who's a bit overweight, gets sick a whole lot more often than I do.  Come to think of it, last time I got sick (not counting heat exhaustion) was when I took a trip to San Diego about 4 years ago.  And lemme tell ya, bronchitis and mountains don't mix.  Took several days for my ears to pop, and when they did the best I could do was crawling to the bed, hauling myself up, and waiting for the world to stop spinning.

But when something does finally get me, that's when things go south in a hurry, since I don't have the fat reserves needed by my body to fight whatever gets in.
Christopher
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5 posted 04-25-2005 01:17 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I can't read the article, Brad, since I'm not registered (and it's too late to do so tonight), so can only imagine what the article says.

I know that all week I've been listening to the new reports regarding the leading causes of death in the United States and how obesity fits into that.

Truthfully, I've heard some fairly sound and logical arguements that obesity, if not directly the number one cause of non-violent death in America, is at least indirectly responsible for the majority (contributing to heart failure as one example).

egowhores.com - really love yourself.

Christopher
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6 posted 04-25-2005 01:18 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

oh, and i'm one of those skinny people... I get sick about once every four years, thoguh I'm overdue by about a year and a half at the moment...

egowhores.com - really love yourself.

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Lovebug, may every woman on the planet be as unattractive as you are!!!
 
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