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El Pinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 10:30 PM
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7. Most Americans are overweight.
Statistically, the number is over 60%. Our culture has become increasingly accepting of a certain amount of overweight as a person gets older.

An example would be Laura Bush, who is probably 20 lbs overweight, but is seen as "average" because so many women her age are SERIOUSLY ovrweight.

BMI is a reasonable indicator for about 75% of the population who don't have an extreme build one way or the other, or a huge amount of muscle mass.

That being said, I don't think the amount of extra weight Laura bush carries around is a real health risk. She looks fine and seems comfortable with it, so it's no biggie, but it's probably not the OPTIMUM weight for her.

But an extra 50, 70, 100 lbs? Now you are talking about much more serious health risks, high cholesetol and triglycerides, side effects like GERD and ankle pain.

I've been 100 lbs overweight and it was not a good place to be.
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  -"Fit, but Fat" Demonstrated to be Nonsense El Pinko  Apr-29-08 10:18 PM   #0 
  - Where's the other thread?  napoleon_in_rags   Apr-29-08 10:22 PM   #1 
  - Voil!  El Pinko   Apr-29-08 10:24 PM   #2 
     - Thank you! nt  napoleon_in_rags   Apr-29-08 10:25 PM   #4 
  - The BMI is crock of shit though.  alarimer   Apr-29-08 10:25 PM   #3 
  - I don't know if you've looked around lately- most people ARE overweight. nt  LeftyMom   Apr-29-08 10:28 PM   #5 
  - A good friend of mine judged to be "obese" b/c of BMI was not  classicfilmfan   Apr-30-08 07:18 AM   #36 
  - Oh, I know it's a poor tool because it doesn't account for body types.  LeftyMom   Apr-30-08 11:27 AM   #61 
  - Your good friend is fat  bamalib   May-04-08 04:46 AM   #131 
  - It's true though, the 'height/weight' guage is about the worst measure possible.  Dr_eldritch   Apr-30-08 08:02 AM   #41 
  - Most Americans are overweight.  El Pinko   Apr-29-08 10:30 PM   #7 
  - So true!  mvccd1000   Apr-30-08 06:16 AM   #30 
  - It's not all the "excesses" in some cases.  Clark2008   May-01-08 11:44 AM   #102 
  - You'd Have To Stand Next To Laura Bush to Gauge Her Weight  Crisco   May-04-08 12:05 PM   #147 
     - We might have some common ground on that issue...  El Pinko   May-04-08 12:47 PM   #148 
  - The BMI index IS a buncha shit, even with their factor of waist size.  HughBeaumont   Apr-29-08 10:44 PM   #9 
  - Tell me about it. According to the BMI, I am *obese*.  Marr   Apr-29-08 11:21 PM   #14 
  - You are in denial. Good luck.  bamalib   May-04-08 04:53 AM   #133 
     - What do you mean?  Marr   May-04-08 10:25 AM   #137 
  - Of course no measure is perfect  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-29-08 11:35 PM   #18 
  - You may not be unfit, but I have read several studies...  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 12:04 AM   #22 
  - That's due to their tons of protein and cholesterol intakes. Oh, and steroids.  HughBeaumont   Apr-30-08 06:32 AM   #33 
  - Out of curiousity, what is the argument that visible abdominals cause spinal problems?  semillama   Apr-30-08 11:05 AM   #60 
  - Yes. When you control for fat vs muscle mass, high blood pressure correlates with lean body weight  eridani   Apr-30-08 08:18 AM   #48 
  - Exactly..  sendero   Apr-30-08 07:13 AM   #35 
  - You are overweight. Sorry if no one has the guts to tell you.  bamalib   May-04-08 04:51 AM   #132 
     - You're seriously saying a 5'9", 180lb. male is obese?  Marr   May-04-08 10:29 AM   #138 
     - Not overweight. Not even close.  HughBeaumont   May-04-08 11:37 AM   #143 
  - Michael Jordan qualifies as obese. nt  MookieWilson   Apr-29-08 10:57 PM   #10 
  - Shaquille O'Neal and Hulk Hogan would too.  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 12:06 AM   #23 
  - My issue with it is that it doesn't take into account muscle mass  TheFriendlyAnarchist   Apr-29-08 10:58 PM   #11 
  - The BMI says I'm borderline overweight, and I have 6% body fat.  David__77   Apr-29-08 11:21 PM   #13 
  - THere are a lot of different measures. Think of BMI as a "first alert".  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 12:08 AM   #24 
  - High end "Normal" for me is 162.  HughBeaumont   Apr-30-08 06:34 AM   #34 
  - 66% of the US adult population is overweight  New Dawn   Apr-29-08 11:27 PM   #16 
  - IIRC, BMI was created in the 1840's using a bunch of ectomorphic men  Snarkturian Clone   Apr-30-08 06:29 AM   #32 
  - Well, Penn Jillette is obese, so he has an agenda...  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 07:27 AM   #39 
     - Well, the problem is that I'm a mesomorph of Italian descent  Snarkturian Clone   Apr-30-08 08:05 AM   #42 
     - A 13 week fast?  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 09:13 AM   #52 
        - You'd be surprised how easy it can be to fast.  Snarkturian Clone   Apr-30-08 12:31 PM   #63 
           - Please don't fast. Ever. And tell your children not to fast either!  pink-o   May-01-08 09:11 AM   #84 
     - I lived in Japan too  thecatburgler   May-01-08 01:39 PM   #106 
        - It's not genetic makeup. The average Japanese eats about half the calories of the avg. American.  El Pinko   May-02-08 02:15 AM   #109 
           - Although I completely buy that the Japanese eat fewer calories,  distantearlywarning   May-02-08 07:16 AM   #111 
           - I'm not saying that Asians and Caucasians are identical.  El Pinko   May-02-08 07:37 AM   #112 
              - I agree with pretty much everything in this post.  distantearlywarning   May-02-08 11:42 AM   #113 
                 - Wow, you'd hate Japan then - they eat a surprising amount of bread!  El Pinko   May-02-08 11:49 AM   #114 
           - So you think I should have felt bad. Thanks. nt  thecatburgler   May-02-08 05:21 PM   #120 
              - How you felt is none of my concern.  El Pinko   May-03-08 03:41 AM   #123 
                 - I love how you ASSume how much I was eating.  thecatburgler   May-03-08 12:43 PM   #124 
                    - Ahem...  El Pinko   May-03-08 08:26 PM   #125 
                       - Japanese women also have massive problems with eating disorders  thecatburgler   May-04-08 12:02 AM   #126 
                       - Some American girls have EDs and commit suicide, too.  El Pinko   May-04-08 02:30 AM   #127 
                          - Small percentage? OMG, you really are clueless.  thecatburgler   May-04-08 02:38 AM   #128 
                             - What is the percentage? 1%? 3%? 5%?  El Pinko   May-04-08 03:59 AM   #129 
                       - That's a bit dishonest.  distantearlywarning   May-04-08 09:11 AM   #134 
                          - The assumption was based on what she was replying to.  El Pinko   May-04-08 11:33 AM   #142 
                          - RE your link...  El Pinko   May-04-08 11:41 AM   #144 
  - BMI is a very crude tool, water submersion is a true scale  didact   May-01-08 08:47 AM   #83 
  - Thanks for posting. I heard the report on CNN this morning  Ilsa   Apr-29-08 10:29 PM   #6 
  - Ive got 50 to lose  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-29-08 11:37 PM   #19 
     - I've lost 100 lbs since I was 36 over 2 years ago  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 12:14 AM   #26 
     - Yeah, I'm creeping up on age 50 in a few months. I never had  Ilsa   Apr-30-08 08:12 AM   #46 
  - you also have to remember that fit doesn't mean healthy either.  notadmblnd   Apr-29-08 10:43 PM   #8 
  - that's not what the study says  pop goes the weasel   Apr-29-08 11:10 PM   #12 
  - A study based on questionnaires and self reporting is bullshit by definition n/t  eridani   Apr-30-08 08:10 AM   #44 
  - It seems that everyone in this country struggles with weight.  David__77   Apr-29-08 11:25 PM   #15 
  - I think it's the replacement of real (whole) foods with fake processed convenience foods.  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 12:17 AM   #28 
     - Bingo!  mvccd1000   Apr-30-08 06:23 AM   #31 
  - You were spot on in the other thread...  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-29-08 11:32 PM   #17 
  - How relevant  eridani   Apr-30-08 08:20 AM   #49 
     - What the hell does that have to do with anything?  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-30-08 10:34 AM   #57 
        - Obesity is strictly genetic. Probably PKU would be a better analogy  eridani   Apr-30-08 06:18 PM   #66 
        - No, its not genetic but *very* nice try...  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-30-08 10:51 PM   #70 
           - There is no inconsistency whatever. The only reason obesity is rising  eridani   May-01-08 12:33 AM   #73 
        - OK, PKU is a better analogy  eridani   May-01-08 01:15 AM   #77 
  - Alternatively, skinny people aren't by definition "fit" either.  Lex   Apr-29-08 11:41 PM   #20 
  - .  classicfilmfan   Apr-30-08 07:20 AM   #37 
  - "Fit" has become a code word for slim, especially where women are concerned.  thecatburgler   May-01-08 11:02 AM   #96 
  - That's for sure.  TheFriendlyAnarchist   May-04-08 10:57 AM   #140 
  - My own doctors have a differing view - I'm fat, but with *perfect* heart rate/BP/etc.  Zhade   Apr-29-08 11:43 PM   #21 
  - I hear this a lot - usually from someone in their 20s or early 30s...  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 12:20 AM   #29 
  - If they would take corn syrup out of our food  Horse with no Name   Apr-30-08 12:11 AM   #25 
  - It's freakin' crazy the stuff that it's in.  Lex   Apr-30-08 12:15 AM   #27 
     - I've made a concerted effort to avoid it, but it's hard.  thecatburgler   May-01-08 01:28 PM   #105 
  - The American ideal of "fit"  classicfilmfan   Apr-30-08 07:23 AM   #38 
  - Uh, no  malakai2   Apr-30-08 08:01 AM   #40 
  - People who are much shorter or taller than average are unhealthier than average also  eridani   Apr-30-08 08:22 AM   #50 
  - if people don't want to bother managing risk factors they can control  malakai2   Apr-30-08 05:05 PM   #64 
     - You can't control your weight  eridani   Apr-30-08 06:22 PM   #67 
        - Horse crap..  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-30-08 10:53 PM   #71 
           - Well bully for you! My skin got way lighter when I stayed indoors all winter  eridani   May-01-08 12:48 AM   #74 
              - Thank you!  thecatburgler   May-01-08 01:53 AM   #78 
              - Uggg way to bring up something *nobody* here is talking about  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 09:25 AM   #86 
                 - Unless you're walking around with a stethoscope  thecatburgler   May-01-08 10:15 AM   #89 
                    - Right, whatever....  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 10:17 AM   #90 
                       - Deleted message  Name removed   May-01-08 10:26 AM   #91 
                          - So let me get this striaght..  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 10:31 AM   #92 
                             - Deleted message  Name removed   May-01-08 10:35 AM   #93 
                                - What, pray tell, am i denying?  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 10:47 AM   #95 
              - You still have to whip out that old 'you hate them meme'  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 07:55 AM   #80 
              - Here's the problem with the "don't drink" argument:  distantearlywarning   May-01-08 08:39 AM   #82 
              - Well, you do drink  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 09:19 AM   #85 
              - For your information:  distantearlywarning   May-01-08 09:52 AM   #87 
                 - So you represent what % of overweight and obese people  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 10:06 AM   #88 
                    - Actually, I'm probably not an outlier.  distantearlywarning   May-01-08 11:07 AM   #97 
                    - The reason for the focus  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 11:13 AM   #98 
                       - As a society we could probably control many of the factors I mentioned.  distantearlywarning   May-01-08 11:44 AM   #104 
                    - Oh, I'm an "outlier", too  JulieRB   May-02-08 01:55 PM   #117 
              - "I could quit smoking 100 times for every pound that I have ever lost"  FarceOfNature   May-01-08 02:29 PM   #108 
              - Thank You, EarlyWarning  lolly   May-04-08 11:04 AM   #141 
              - It's genetic the way PKU is genetic  eridani   May-01-08 11:41 AM   #101 
              - BTW:  DadOf2LittleAngels   May-01-08 11:26 AM   #99 
              - But nobody notices the way they do with white folks. n/t  eridani   May-01-08 11:37 AM   #100 
              - It Is Good  NikolaC   May-04-08 01:33 PM   #150 
                 - lessons from my two cats  spooky3   May-04-08 06:46 PM   #153 
  - A picture of statistical manipulation  Amber Waves   Apr-30-08 11:53 AM   #62 
     - CDC's methodology is there  malakai2   Apr-30-08 05:10 PM   #65 
  - Thank YOU!  Bettie   Apr-30-08 08:11 AM   #45 
  - I've seen this photoset before - it should be pointed out that this is photoshopped.  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 09:42 AM   #54 
  - What bullshit. A fucking QUESTIONNAIRE?  eridani   Apr-30-08 08:09 AM   #43 
  - Still waiting for someone to explain why a questionnaire study--  eridani   May-01-08 05:09 AM   #79 
     - Sloppy ass MSM will push any "study" that supports their corporate agenda, no matter how dubious  thecatburgler   May-01-08 01:45 PM   #107 
        - Bingo  treestar   May-02-08 02:05 PM   #119 
  - You may as well just blather on about how people with sickle cell anemia are less healthy  eridani   Apr-30-08 08:17 AM   #47 
  - Personally, I'd be more trusting of study results that involved actual fitness testing  distantearlywarning   Apr-30-08 08:28 AM   #51 
  - Bingo. The Cooper Aerobic Institute studies contradict the OP  eridani   May-01-08 11:44 AM   #103 
  - I have diabetes so losing weight with insulin is very hard, I wish my BMI was lower  Jennicut   Apr-30-08 09:30 AM   #53 
  - If you're only 6 lbs over "normal" BMI and you look okay, it's probably not worth fretting about  El Pinko   Apr-30-08 09:49 AM   #55 
     - Thanks, I actually got the diabetes when I was pregnant with my second child  Jennicut   Apr-30-08 07:35 PM   #68 
     - "Healthy" BMI is as much an idiocy as "healthy" height  eridani   Apr-30-08 09:50 PM   #69 
     - What does looks have to do with it?  Rhansen   Apr-30-08 11:33 PM   #72 
        - Don't confuse the look of health with fashion-mag beauty aesthetics.  El Pinko   May-01-08 12:57 AM   #76 
           - Oprah has a thyroid problem & refuses to do a show about it.  Perragrande   May-02-08 01:45 PM   #116 
              - She probably should. But she also doesn't use it as an excuse to become morbidly obese.  El Pinko   May-02-08 06:41 PM   #121 
  - No definition of "fit" nor "fat"  flvegan   Apr-30-08 10:00 AM   #56 
  - Well, when you have one study that is nothing but questionnaires--  eridani   May-01-08 12:50 AM   #75 
  - Why threads on being fat all of a sudden??  guardian   Apr-30-08 10:48 AM   #58 
  - We're all gonna die some day no matter what our weight is.  azmouse   Apr-30-08 10:50 AM   #59 
  - fat people who exercise are still much better off than if they gave up exercising  eShirl   May-01-08 08:05 AM   #81 
  - Let's try to resolve two seemingly-contradictory notions  Ellen Forradalom   May-01-08 10:43 AM   #94 
  - Wow, I am the the thread TERMINATOR!!!11!!  Ellen Forradalom   May-02-08 02:48 AM   #110 
  - the idea that anyone cares about the health of fat people demonstrated to be nonsense.  VotesForWomen   May-02-08 01:13 PM   #115 
  - What about sumo wrestlers?  sakabatou   May-02-08 01:57 PM   #118 
  - Being 87% higher risk as a fit obese women is miles better than being 250% higher as an unfit one.  PelosiFan   May-02-08 06:49 PM   #122 
  - It seems to me that the findings show a lot of risk in being obese, active or not.  El Pinko   May-04-08 04:14 AM   #130 
  - Simply posting about this is judgmental.  zanne   May-04-08 09:31 AM   #135 
  - Overweight and obesity really aren't moral/ethical issues  El Pinko   May-04-08 10:05 AM   #136 
     - We've been down that road with smoking; now obesity...  zanne   May-04-08 10:38 AM   #139 
        - Than call me a crock, know-nothing layperson, not "judgmental".  El Pinko   May-04-08 11:44 AM   #145 
  - Interesting discussion.  faygokid   May-04-08 11:59 AM   #146 
  - That happened to me in my early-mid-30s...  El Pinko   May-04-08 12:53 PM   #149 
  - people aren't honest about what exercising does to the joints  pitohui   May-04-08 01:49 PM   #151 
  - We all eat too much  FarCenter   May-04-08 05:46 PM   #152 
  - Advertising is a leading influence on overeating  spooky3   May-04-08 06:49 PM   #154 

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