reply to post by Cabin
My apologies for missing the BMI.
With that being said, I can speak from experience on how misleading the BMI is!
When I was in the Army, I had a CO who had it out for me, (yea, I was a smart ass then, and am a smart ass now) I had less than 5 months left on my
contract and he decided to put me on the "weight program"! Yea, I love my beer and it showed. So anyhow, I had to go see a doctor and the doctor
told me I had to lose 20 lbs.......
No biggy. I had six weeks to do it. So I did my thing and in six weeks I went back to the doctor and lost 25 LBS! Now the doctor was ecstatic that I
accomplished this! (first hint) My First Sergeant was ecstatic that I lost it! (second hint) HOWEVER!!!!!! My BMI didn't cut it!
There fore my CO tried to have me discharged over a medical issue! NO DICE! I fought him and won!
So to use BMI as a reason to call someone obese is utter BS!!
1) Drinking a lot of soda. I have probably never drank so much soda, than many people would drink in a year. I do not know much people who
Now as you addressed sodas! What are in them? Ohhhhhh, I don't know, maybe just maybe some HFC and Aspertame???
2) Fatty foods and large portions. Everything is bigger in America.I considered myself needing lots of food compared to other friends of mine.
Yet in America I could not eat the portions, when ate outside. It was simply too much for my stomach. Also the foods in cafetereias where I ate were
No argument there!
3) Cheap fastfood and many people do not cook much. I saw too often, how people simply ordered food. I have never ordered food. I may
sometimes take a burger or too, maybe once a month or less, but truly I nearly never eat outside. Eating outside is rare for most people, only lunch
at work is in some cafeteria, unless own food is taken to work, which many do. Everybody cooks their own food from scratch round here, nearly
Can't argue that either! However, I have to say, can you see the connection to Multi National corporations and the fact they push their "dollar
menus" to goad people into saving money? I must say, I will not buy anything with HFC OR Artificial sweeteners in it. Vegetables..............my God
man. To buy fresh, they cost almost as much or more than a good piece of meat!!! See where I am going????
4) Not much movement and too much using cars.People take cars even for small trips. There is not as much jogging, especially biking as round
here. Overally people seem to walk less.
Quite true! But there is a big difference between living in a city and walking a few block to a market, versus walking miles to the nearest grocery
store for a person living in a rural area!
Now you go into calories and such, but I can see you do not understand "empty calories". Which buy the way are the "cheaper", "affordable"
products that a lot of struggling families are forced to purchase!
You have some valid points, but you also are lacking some understanding.
Do some people buy junk food that can afford better quality foods? Sure they do! But there are others who try to stretch what they got to feed their
family who unfortunately do not have much choice BUT to buy unhealthy food.
It isn't as black and white as some people want to think it is when they so nonchalantly call a person fat and want to say it is because they are
lazy or they eat too much!
Maybe,,,,,JUST maybe, instead of people calling people fat and making fun of them, they ought to at LEAST look at some of the underlying circumstances
that these people might be facing just to survive!