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[quote]Originally posted by bizza2:
<strong>????????? puzzled look ?????? :confused: </strong><hr></blockquote>

That could be classed as racism.

??????? unimpressed look???????

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Cause they can afford food?
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we eat horrible food, we don't excercise, and everyone wants to think that bad things (i.e. being overweight) are not their fault.
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Quit watching Jerry Springer.
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Americans fat? You haven't been to Germany lately, have you? :eek:
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You've obviously never been to America.
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[quote]Originally posted by tonton:
<strong>Americans fat? You haven't been to Germany lately, have you? :eek: </strong><hr></blockquote>


Or Scotland!! Scotland is one of the most unhealthy countries in Europe. Fatties everywhere!

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Why would that be racism?
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obesity is a major problem in the us, Australia is on the good way for that too, as usual the européans have 10 years of late, but they are also on the way.

The scientific study, (the american ones) show that the main problem is the way of eating. Personaly i think that many americans are concerned by this problem, i was surprise that when i went in USA in 1992 so many food, like sauce where low-fat, it was nearly impossible to find something that was not low-fat.The problem is that low-fat food doesnt prevent to be fat, low fat food are not very good that all.

Eat better (the goal is equilibration), and things will become better.
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<a href="http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2001/02/08/schlosser/" target="_blank">Fast food nation 1</a>
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/schlosser-fast.html" target="_blank">Fast Food Nation 2</a> :eek: <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />

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<a href="http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2001/02/08/schlosser/" target="_blank">Fast food nation 1</a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/schlosser-fast.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/schlosser-fast.html" target="_blank">Fast Food Nation 2</a> :eek: <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
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post #13 of 143
Actually there are a greater number of people that AREN'T fat than are. Fat people just take up more room
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i think its more fat men than women here. women have to keep their figure if they hope to win over the guys. men just dont give a damn. i know i used to stay in shape for high school baseball, but now in college...who cares?
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All the good frito-lay products.

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post #16 of 143
Because we super-size everything, won't move off the sofa, and expect to be able to take a pill to "melt away the pounds" while still being able to choke down all the fat laden goodies that we can't live without.

In certain areas we have the opposite problem- women (and men, now) who consider themselves failures if they don't have 6% body fat. You see young women (in their 20's) here in Los Angeles weighing about 8 lbs with big plastic breasts, big plastic lips, and big plastic hair. They don't even look like people- they look like big scary Barbies. :confused: Why do people think this looks good?
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post #17 of 143
I'm married to a registered dietitian, and this is what I would guess from talking to her about it:

1. Easy availability of very high-calorie food.
2. An increase in the sedentary lifestyle (i.e., TV watching).

It's true that the US is fatter than just about any other country, and it's been getting dramatically worse in the past 25 years or so. Diabetes (adult-onset type) is basically an epidemic right now in the US due to obesity.

And actually, women are more likely to be obese than men. African-American women in particular are off the charts, statistically. But women tend to get fat butts and men tend to get fat guts, and fat guts are unhealthier than fat butts.
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[quote]Originally posted by tmp:
<strong>You see young women (in their 20's) here in Los Angeles weighing about 8 lbs with big plastic breasts, big plastic lips, and big plastic hair. They don't even look like people- they look like big scary Barbies. :confused: Why do people think this looks good?</strong><hr></blockquote>

And those big plastic breasts take up 6 lbs of the 8 lbs.
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yes, i think that the biggest issue is just laziness. theres no need to get off our asses and do things anymore. excercize is almost silly now--thers no point. most of this has to do w/ technology...computers, cars, etc. if we're hungry, we can order out. when we're bored we watch tv or go on the computer. theres no need to just go outside and go for a walk or play some ball or whatever.
i see this very much on campus here at a&m. last year, we had a power outtage, and the results were amazing. people came out of their rooms fer what seemed like the first time in days. they were rubbing their eyes, and stretching...
we started up a game of football and actually did some physical excercize. but once the electricity came back, everyone left to go back in the comfort of air conditioning and technological based environment. i, for one, wish things were back how they were before computers were so dominating--u know how hard it is to find people to start up a game of football or baseball can be at times now...??? its sad really...
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post #20 of 143
I'm an American and I'm quite slender and healthy, thank you very much. I lift weights four days a week, run 3-5 times a week, and play basketball at least once a week.
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post #21 of 143
The real reason is that we're simply inferior to the rest of the world. Right rest of the world?
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>The real reason is that we're simply inferior to the rest of the world. Right rest of the world?</strong><hr></blockquote>

damn straight!

(im speaking on behalf of the rest of the world, which unfortunately could not make it today...)
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I want to know why the japanese are so damned skinny. Come on Japan, just look at your very own sumos, you can do it. Girls, stop vomitting after every meal, maybe, try to purge just once a day instead? Eat that second piece of maki. Come on, there's enough rice to go around. Eat up.
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[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>I want to know why the japanese are so damned skinny. Come on Japan, just look at your very own sumos, you can do it. Girls, stop vomitting after every meal, maybe, try to purge just once a day instead? Eat that second piece of maki. Come on, there's enough rice to go around. Eat up.</strong><hr></blockquote>

thats cause rice is the staple crop over there, and it has very little nutritional value--most of it goes straight through the system like salad does. until we started genetically engineering rice, it had no nutritional value. now it has some, but not enuff to really add much weight.
its cheap and in abundance, so everyone eats it, but it keeps them lean.
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post #25 of 143
Where I live it's too fscking COLD most of the year to do much of anything.
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[quote]Originally posted by DoctorGonzo:
<strong>Where I live it's too fscking COLD most of the year to do much of anything.</strong><hr></blockquote>

hey, thats our excuse
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[quote]Originally posted by _ alliance _:
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thats cause rice is the staple crop over there, and it has very little nutritional value--most of it goes straight through the system like salad does. until we started genetically engineering rice, it had no nutritional value. now it has some, but not enuff to really add much weight.
its cheap and in abundance, so everyone eats it, but it keeps them lean.</strong><hr></blockquote>

So .. ah? If rice has "very little nutritional value" or "no nutritional value" why is it is a staple crop? Why would half the world spend all the time growing it for 1000s of years if it has "no nutritional value"?
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I chalk all the anti-fat talk up to jealousy. Everyone else is just jealous that we can get 16oz. steaks for $2 in Vegas.
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[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>Cause they can afford food?</strong><hr></blockquote>

And Double Whoppers..
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
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So .. ah? If rice has "very little nutritional value" or "no nutritional value" why is it is a staple crop? Why would half the world spend all the time growing it for 1000s of years if it has "no nutritional value"? </strong><hr></blockquote>

cause its what was grown--it was popular, and still is. but over the years, nutritional value has been implemented through selective breeding. and the asian populations has always been regarded as being a very healthy society. this is part of it. they eat alot of grain as well, which does have nutrional value. but the rice doesnt have much at all. why do people eat salads??? almost all of the green in salads cannot be digested by humans (only animals w/ ruminents). but we eat it cause it fills us up, even though it just passes right through the system (and also prevents constipation).
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post #31 of 143
Rice is a grain. It's a starch. It provides pure power. If it didn't no one would eat it. 1000s of years of survival tells us that.

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two words (well three ) fast food + soda
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(Burgers, Twinkies and Bon Bons) + (Fizzy pop, Duff 12 packs and Egg Nog) - excercise = saddle bags, spare tires and extra chins.

Oh sure, there are a few can who blame genetics, but for every one of those there are 100 who are just plain lazy and don't give a crap about taking care of themselves.


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I am fat. I am 6'4" and weigh 325 pounds. Those stats alone are not all that informative. People of my size and type (gorilla) who play football or other active sports are thinner than I am. I am a good wrestler, but I am not allowed to wrestle all-out against my 260 pound partner until I weigh275, the maximum highschool weight.

I've tried dieting. It's not for me.

The only way I will ever be thin is if I join the military. Working hard all day and NOT being given the opportunity to slow down or slack off is the only way I can get thin.
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So it sounds like you're actually fairly active (or try to be), but because of your genetics it hasn't helped that much. That's one thing. The people I am talking about (so everyone understands) are those who basically make zero effort to get off their couch or desk chair, and go do something active. Take a walk, ride a bike, play a sport, whatever...instead they just sit and sulk, and eat and watch more TV.

I have a neighbor who was like that until about three months ago...she was very overweight (guessing maybe 270 lbs, perhaps 5'6")...she always moaned and complained that she couldn't help it. Then one day she decided to get off her arse and go take some health classes at a local community college, start walking every night and eating better. She's probably lost 60 lbs easy over the last 3 months, and all she's done is cut back on her intake a little and increase the amount of excercise she gets. No crash diets, no tread-mill-hell...just little changes, done over and over until it starts to make a difference.

Most overweight types (and I'm not talking 15 or 20 lbs - thats just normal genetic variation as far as I'm concerned, not "overweight") act like helpless victims and so do nothing about it (not even the little things). People are just gluttinous and lazy, basically. They eat way more than they need to based on their daily grind, and then they do nothing to burn it off. Kind of a sad commentary, really.

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post #36 of 143
It's kind of weird actually...I do everything to save myself from doing things like shoveling snow, biking to the store, etc. and then I go work out instead.

Sometimes I wish I could be genetically modified so that rice and lettuce tasted wicked good and things with high fat content tasted like shit. Evolution just ain't fast enough!
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[quote]Originally posted by MacAddict:
<strong>Sometimes I wish I could be genetically modified so that rice and lettuce tasted wicked good and things with high fat content tasted like shit. Evolution just ain't fast enough! </strong><hr></blockquote>

I wish I could be like that too. I'm not fat but I'd like to lose maybe like 5 pounds or so and being like that would be much easier.
post #38 of 143
Why are all foreigners so stereotypical?
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post #39 of 143
People choose to see what they wish. If you want to see Americans as fat, then that's what you see. So it's really your fault for being bigoted. Oh, and all that money and power has to go somewhere.

I'm pretty ****ing sick and tired of apologizing for who I am. I run all over the world, dropping moeny into your economies, keeping your culture on a respirator, and you just spit on my shoes and call me "fat." My taxes likely paid for your last vacation, given our little habit of throwing money at the rest of the world, supporting the rest of the world's economy for the most part. I'm sick actually working hard, earning my pay like my ancestors and getting this kind of treatment. I try to be accepting of people as individuals, and here we are just tossing the whole shitload of us Americans like me into the Euro-trash bin.
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[quote]I am fat. I am 6'4" and weigh 325 pounds. Those stats alone are not all that informative.<hr></blockquote>

So true.

I'm 5 '11 and people always guess my weight at 190.

They are about 65 pounds off....not that I mind.

I was 5 '11 and 190 back in my freshman year of HS. Then, I had some dealings with an irresponsible doctor......my weight jumped from 190 to 270-something between November 1997 and February 1998 thanks to the effect the medications he gave me had on my metabolism.

Not that he cared, or even bothered to notice.

I mananged to drop 20 pounds in the two weeks following the discontinuation of the pills, and this was a period of time that included Thanksgiving! (1998). I lost another 5 pounds which I tend to add and lose and add again.

But I can't seem to bring it down any further.
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