Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Our Growing A**es

I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. Somehow, I don't think wider cars and SUVs is the answer.

How about fewer trans fats, less hydrogenated oils, smaller portions and healthier options at our tables and our restaurants?

Non-Americans already think we are balloons, not people. This isn't going to help matters.

Want to "weigh in" with your thoughts? (ho ho ho, snicker, snicker)


Legion said...

Well, given that my whole career change is based around this 'problem' I think you have a general idea of how I'm going to respond.

We all need to get off our asses and exercise more (a sedentary life leads to a slow metabolism and a slow metabolism leads - along with the next item - to weight gain.)

We all need to eat less (Americans eat way too fast and we eat way too much. A small caloric deficit is actually good for you, it keeps your metabolism happy.)

And to prove my point even further, the DIET industry is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. And it doesn't work. If it did, why is there a new one every week? What works, guaranteed, are the two points above. If people took the money they put into the diet industry and put it into fitness, they'd find they'd have to spend a lot less money.

There are many other reasons as well, but it really boils down to the first two points, exercise more, eat less. Simple but not necessarily easy. But then if it was easy everyone would be doing it and it wouldn't be a problem.

lucy said...

Why can't the airline industry follow suit? On my list of pet peeves is when I have to sit next to a person in an airplane who spills over into my seat. DH actually had someone with spillage lift the armrest up between herself and him cuz she couldn't fit in between the armrests... how gross is that for a several-hour flight?!?

trAcy said...

some of us are evil and fooled into generating latent heart disease because we eat "what we want" and still stay deceptively "thin." i can fit into any chair!

(though you know i don't eat a ton of crap, just a quarter-ton balanced with the other extreme of "whole" food - like blue corn chips or cheese v. raw bok choi)

i used to exercise, but i never never never liked it. i like to be strong and agile with a heart that can carry me around fast if i ask it to, but i never never never saw benefits like that (such as increased flexibility, better cardiopower, etc.) and so it was ultra discouraging.

and, i never have spent a dime in the name of a "diet," but know that bok choi and tomatoes and such are freaking expensive enough.

and, were i to join gym (for i hate to run), it would cost me an additional $500 a year.

however, every year i say i'm going to.