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Why are Americans so fat?

GUEST,Chief Chaos 23 Nov 04 - 01:05 PM
Gervase 23 Nov 04 - 09:48 AM
Paco Rabanne 23 Nov 04 - 09:10 AM
Ron Davies 23 Nov 04 - 08:01 AM
Moses 23 Nov 04 - 07:48 AM
Gervase 22 Nov 04 - 07:13 AM
Chief Chaos 21 Nov 04 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,Terry K 21 Nov 04 - 05:19 AM
rich-joy 20 Nov 04 - 05:19 AM
Ron Davies 19 Nov 04 - 10:55 PM
dianavan 19 Nov 04 - 05:39 PM
Pogo 18 Nov 04 - 09:39 PM
annamill 18 Nov 04 - 07:32 PM
GUEST,Chief Chaos 18 Nov 04 - 03:40 PM
chris nightbird childs 18 Nov 04 - 12:45 PM
GUEST,Chief Chaos 18 Nov 04 - 12:43 PM
GUEST 17 Nov 04 - 08:28 PM
annamill 17 Nov 04 - 07:35 PM
GUEST,Pa!g3 17 Nov 04 - 04:23 PM
Tam the Bam (Nutter) 07 Nov 04 - 11:03 AM
fat B****rd 06 Nov 04 - 04:24 PM
Little Hawk 06 Nov 04 - 12:07 PM
Hand-Pulled Boy 06 Nov 04 - 05:10 AM
Shanghaiceltic 06 Nov 04 - 03:58 AM
Ellenpoly 06 Nov 04 - 12:59 AM
Bill D 05 Nov 04 - 11:41 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 05 Nov 04 - 09:43 PM
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Little Hawk 05 Nov 04 - 05:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 01:05 PM

I'm starting to wonder what the problem is. I mean after all, what a way to save the economy and social security. Consume consume consume. Spend spend spend. Gets the economy on its feet and you die years before being able to claim any benefits. All they have to do is say the difibrulator won't work thru the fat and the situation resolves itself!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Gervase
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 09:48 AM

Moses has a good point I think the universal 24/7 availability of quick fix snacks in the so-called developed countries is the reason why so many people are fat. If it's not in the larder, glove box or office drawer you can't eat it.
Cooking seems to be a middle-class fad or luxury now. For most people it's easier to driver to a supermarket and grab something off the shelf that's ready-prepared than it is to make it in the first place, and much of the stuff on supermarket shelves is loaded with fat, salt and sugar.
The answer lies in self-discipline, and that's hard (as a smoker I know just how hard!). Without it, though, obesity will become the major killer of the 21st century. Maybe it's as well for the rest of us that Republicans seem to be fatter and more stupid than Democrats!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 09:10 AM

Have a fag. They help keep the weight off. I combine smoking with healthy outdoor pursuits such as fox hunting, which keeps my weight down to about 12 stone. Eat plenty of venison too!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 08:01 AM

As some others have pointed out, folkies, especially singers, are definitely not immmune.

And it's a real shame too--some really wonderful people with great wit, great voices and instrumental talent are shortening their own lives by not being serious enough about the weight problem----some seem to lurch from one radical diet to another----but are still not making progress---then they have knee and leg problems and so it goes.

Dancers, on the other hand, are frequently in pretty good shape. Maybe music people (before they get to the leg injury stage)---could dance more. They'd at least be hearing good music---if the band was good.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Moses
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 07:48 AM

How many (really) fat old people do you know? Those who live to a healthy old age are mostly small framed and lean.

Just getting older puts enough strain on the body without us adding to it.

Being overweight shortens lifespan;- imagine carrying two heavy bags of shopping everywhere all the time. That's what being overweight means to me. I don't want to do that - call me lazy but I'd rather carry just me and not the equivalent of half another person thank you very much!

And, no, it's not easy keeping the weight off - it's a constant wrestle with gluttony as fattening food tastes so good.

I think the universal 24/7 availability of quick fix snacks in the so-called developed countries is the reason why so many people are fat. If it's not in the larder, glove box or office drawer you can't eat it.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Gervase
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 07:13 AM

Plenty more to worry about now, but the fat issue is going to have to be paid for at some time. Being fat isn't healthy, and a nation of lard-arses (whether it's the USA, UK or Australia) is going to find that it hasn't got the money for schools and other nice things because its health bills are bloody huge.
Sure, plenty of people are happy being fat and flabby, but they're still damaging themselves. "Fat Acceptance" is another term for pig-headed selfishness. Don't do this denial crap - If you're fat it means you eat too much of the wrong stuff and don't take enough exercise. Full stop.
And if you don't agree, chase me!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 21 Nov 04 - 08:43 PM

Our "Consciousness" is killing our young girls. They see these "so-called" models who must be healthy, since they look like that, and go bulemic or anorexic trying to look like them. It's unrealistic to believe that you can set a standard and force everyone into it. Every blood test I take says that I'm in perfect health. If that were all the doctors went on I'd be fine and dandy, but they keep trying to force me into this mold of theirs. With everything else going on, we've got much more important things to be worried about!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST,Terry K
Date: 21 Nov 04 - 05:19 AM

It's a generalisation, I know, but whenever I go to the States I'm still amazed at how fat the people are. Seems to me that the people who put counter-arguments are simply "in denial".

In the UK we have at last got a consciousness that too much food and too little exercise - both products of our wealth as a nation - are the real issues. We've still got a long way to go before we get as bad as the USA, but it is going to be a long, hard struggle to re-educate people into healthier lifestyles.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: rich-joy
Date: 20 Nov 04 - 05:19 AM

see relevant thread : "film - Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock "



Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 19 Nov 04 - 10:55 PM

I've read that 2/3 of Americans are considered overweight.

Just read that last year the UK government released statistics showing that 70% of UK men and 63% of women are considered overweight.

Anybody else read this? I don't know if this is based on body mass index or what.

It was in an article about the UK Department of Health recommending that the government both ban smoking in public places (discussed in the thread about that) and also pressure junk-food marketers to limit their prime-time TV commercials.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: dianavan
Date: 19 Nov 04 - 05:39 PM

kelida - You say, "we also give more in charity, relief and aide to struggling nations than any other nation on earth."

You are so wrong. The U.S. (because of its greed and overconsumption) creates conflict, displacement, hunger and disease to more nations than any other nation on earth. Not to mention the general suffering caused by their aggression.

If they paid more attention to the needs of their own citizenry, the world would be a better place.

d


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Pogo
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 09:39 PM

So we can...SIT on people who ask questions like this!!!!

Bwahahahahaha *burbly fat laugh*

As well as...uhmmm *thinks* enemies to freedom!!!

" What about elevensies? Second breakfast? "

{O)

*eats another burger*


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: annamill
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 07:32 PM

Might be true Chief. I've been sleeping a whole lot better since I start walking 8 hrs a day. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 03:40 PM

A study just came out that links lack of sleep to weight gain. Could that possibly be a reason? Working too much (unlike our lazy european bretheren who get more holidays and a shorter work week?)


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: chris nightbird childs
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 12:45 PM

TOO MUCH FAST FOOD!!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 12:43 PM

I can't recall who posted it but:

SUVs don't cause more crashes. To be specific it would be the driver that causes the crash to begin with. It's not that the SUVs cause crashes but that some of the cars that are on our roads are turbo charged four cylinders that aren't built well enough to withstand a collision with a telephone pole at 25 MPH. They then get into an accident with an SUV which is bigger and heavier and also moving and end up getting killed. The statistic says that collisions with SUVs cause more deaths which is true but for the reason I already gave. The statistic doesn't bother to mention who was at fault for the accident. Leaving this out seems to make people think they are more dangerous.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 08:28 PM

First of all Americans are really no more fat percentage wise than any other wealthy nation. Before you go flaming me please here the facts. The fact is that the Body Mass Indicator, that which is used to measure whether someone is overweight/obese is based on a medium framed man of 5' 10" with a weight of approx. 150 lbs. According to this BMI which scientists keep trying to tell the insurance companies and the whitehouse is just one tool in the toolbox, people like the Pres. and Brad Pit are overwight (yeah right). It does make some allowances for different frames (small, medium, large, and extra large) and measurments are done around the neck, waist, and wrist. Supposedly the neck and wrist will not change in size. In my case they have. It does not - I repeat, - it does not take into account the different morphic shapes of the body. There are alot of people with small necks who because of a larger pelvic girdle come out overweight. There are people who have necks as wide as their heads who are actually overweight who get a pass. Short people are just plain screwed and so are folks like me. Average folks are two to four inches larger at the chest than their waist (when fit). My waist size is forty inches and my chest size is 50 inches (barrel chested) because of this their is an appropriate amount of weight that isn't factored into the equation.

The insurance companies want us to be in as close to this spurious data because if we are supposedly this skinny they'll never have to pay out again. But don't look for your premiums to go down.

And food for thought here, ask the Aussies what happens when you store a great deal of grain with alot of mice around.

Then on top of that we have people fighting genetically modified foods that are modified to grow in drought conditions and be bug and disease resistant (see we're helping but nobody wants the stuff).

And by the way, shipping out our excess crops doesn't always work because the people we ship them to have different normal diets and this sometimes causes severe gastric problems and dissentary which causes even more death.

And finally, as Sam Kinison so eloquently pointed out:

"See this? Yeah, it's sand, yeah sand!
Move to wear the food is...Ahhhhhh Ahhhhh!

end rant


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: annamill
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 07:35 PM

I CAN"T EAT GRAINS AND VEGGIES!! TOO MANY CARBS!!

The jobs I have had, up to recently anyway, have been sitting on my ass jobs. Programmer, bank teller.

Recently I became a security guard and I have been walking. Boy, have I been walking! I have been doing this for 3 weeks now.

I've lost 15 lbs!! Amazing! This summer...bikini again! For the first time, in, oh, 10 years!!

BTW, I feel great! Not much money mind you. So what, (now listen to this carefully) Money isn't everything! It took me a real long time to find this out.

Money isn't everything. Amazing to hear ME say this.

Well, anyway, congratulate me. I am no long one of those fat Americans AND it was easy. Just walk! For 8 hours a day. ;-)

Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST,Pa!g3
Date: 17 Nov 04 - 04:23 PM

Canadians watch an average of 23 hours of television per week which works out to about ummmmm, 1196 hours a year! WOW! We need ter get of our asses and do something!!!!!! ;)


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)
Date: 07 Nov 04 - 11:03 AM

because they eat too much fatty foods like the Australians and the British and the other rich lands were food is in plenty.
And not only that but the Australians or the majority of them don't excirse they drive about in their cars, my sister Jean is a fine example, she's a big fat lazy lump who eats the wrong food and does very little excerise and then she blames her 'ms' on her illness, she's just a fat lazy pig, and I wish that she would excirse more, mind you I'm just slighty over weight but her she's puit on more wieght last time I saw her, and we as family have trying to tell her to lose the fat, but she doesn't want to know.
She has a heart condtion as well.
So there you go, I love my sister Jean I want to her to lose weight that's all, I haven't told that she's a fat lazy pig but there are times when I hear her excsuses why she can't do tihngs, she has MS but it's the fat that tires her out, I just feel so sorry for her and the rest of my family.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 06 Nov 04 - 04:24 PM

'ere, Skiffler, you never told me you'd been drinking my Chardonnay all those years ago.
Why are Americans fat ?? Why is anybody fat ?? 'cos they eat too F***ing much. Any rate that's why I am.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Nov 04 - 12:07 PM

I remember Bob Dylan, back in 1964 or something like that, being asked by the press if he was a "folksinger".

"When I hear the word 'folksinger'," he said, "I see a room full of fat old people playing guitars." (he was clearly referring to the previous generation of folk players and their hootnenannys...seems like things haven't changed much at all).


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Hand-Pulled Boy
Date: 06 Nov 04 - 05:10 AM

Should excess baggage weight just apply to one's luggage? Anyone over 18 stone should pay more or buy two seats. Better still they shouldn't be allowed anywhere near an airport 'cos they will probably smell.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Shanghaiceltic
Date: 06 Nov 04 - 03:58 AM

I think I can still squeeze into plane seat......

Cost of fat air passengers takes off
By Marcus Warren in New York
(Filed: 06/11/2004)

Fat Americans are eating into the US air industry's bottom line, forcing planes to consume ever more fuel to transport their bulk.

The average weight of Americans rose by 10lb during the 1990s and what a new survey called this "additional adiposity" caused airlines to use a further 350 million gallons of fuel in 2000, at a cost of £149 million. This is hitting the environment with an extra 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

Bankrupt United Airlines, America's second biggest air travel company, recently announced that it would spend £650 million more than expected on fuel this year because of rising oil prices.

To reduce the weight carried by their planes, airlines have dumped metal cutlery and large magazines and want to use lighter materials in seating. But passenger size is more difficult to control.

To howls of outrage from the country's "fat acceptance" lobby, Southwest Airlines has begun asking larger travellers to purchase a second seat.

"The obesity epidemic has unexpected consequences beyond direct health effects," said Dr Deron Burton of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings. "Our goal was to highlight one area that had not been looked at before."

America's eating habits have been blamed for a lower than expected rise in life expectancy and dearer health insurance but never before for contributing to the woes of a whole sector of the economy.

A commuter plane crash that killed 21 people in North Carolina last year has been blamed on the passengers' greater than average weight.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 06 Nov 04 - 12:59 AM

Ah Little Hawk, I knew you'd pipe in, you svelte godlike creature!

I did say many, not all, ya know. I'm also not tipping the scales to the point where I can't see them. But my position remains...if we were to look at our respective weights as another thread is doing with our respective ages...I think we might well prove to be the norm for Westerners.

Time for breakfast! ;-D

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Bill D
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 11:41 PM

dianavan...that is a serious misunderstanding of the situation. Yes...if all the food available could be 'distributed' equally, with no waste, we could probably feed most everyone. But it just doesnt work like that and never did. We have always had famines at various places, no matter what the total global supply. The energy required to get food from source to consumer is never in balance.

Plus, we are really, truly, honestly depleting major sources! The Grand Banks are almost empty, the Salmon runs are at a low ebb, the arable farm land is being paved over, the sources of feed for livestock are not being managed.......all the while, our population keeps growing.

One of these days, even the math that says "there is enough if distribution problems were solved" wont even be true...if it still is.

Starvation is a practical matter, not a statistical matter.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 09:43 PM

Could American cadavers be harvested for ivory? Ivory for necessary things like frets and keyboards - not morbid things like jewelry.



Sincerely,

Gargoyle



I adore seeing the plump-pussy's-postings in threads related to mine.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: dianavan
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 09:14 PM

Cars, fast food and alcohol (excluding wine of course).

...and world starvation is a result of distribution problems not lack of food.

d


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Bill D
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 08:55 PM

Ellenpoly...I am 87.0237% sure that there is 'some' relationship between being overweight and our hobbies/avocations. If one geneticly tends toward fat, it is not as likely one will take up ski jumping or rollerskating. Singing...or sewing...or painting is much easier to do.

This is obviously not a hard & fast rule, but it can affect what you have noticed, a 'tendency' for folkies to be above average in weight. Add to that our fondness for beer and conviviality, and you get a trend. I know a number of Mudcatters who ARE thin, but many who are not, and not all of them can easily control it.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 05:31 PM

You're mistaken, Ellenpoly. I am lean and trim. Look at my photos if you don't believe it.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: muppett
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 11:38 AM

Not you beast it's t'other folk I'm on abart.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: The Beast of Farlington
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 11:13 AM

Eh?


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: muppett
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:59 AM

Now, now children we're bickering again stop it or you wont get your pocket money this weekend, now come on kiss & make up.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: The Beast of Farlington
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:48 AM

Mmm...fat Americans...I can only eat one, though.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:35 AM

This morning I had to pick up 8 dozen donuts at Krispy Kreme for an office event. I see why Americans are so fat - the place was mobbed. I might eat a Krispy Kreme once in a blue moon but lots of people eat stuff like this on a daily basis -and it's fattening. You could see the donuts frying in hot oil and then being coated by being run through a waterfall of sugar glaze.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Kim C
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:30 AM

This isn't just an American problem, though. I picked up a German magazine - I believe it was Focus - awhile back, that had a huge spread on obesity in Germany.

I think most of us who live in a desk-job culture are finding ourselves with a little more padding in the seat. Our time-saving gadgets save us so much time, that we cram so many things into the "saved" time, till we don't have time to take care of ourselves. And our desk jobs are sometimes so ridiculous, that by the time we get home in the evening, all we want to do is spread out on the couch.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:24 AM

OK, I've only skimmed this thread, but rather than start a whole new one, I'm going to say the unthinkable...

Why are so many Mudcatters so fat?

I mean no disrespect here, but I've also been looking at the Events Pics, and children, there is not a gaunt or starved looking soul amongst us. On the contrary, there's enough heft to sink a not-so-small three masted schooner.

So, come on- WESTERNERS are a bunch of fatties. Are you by chance suggesting we all diet and send the extra oreos to Sudan?

I'll volunteer to cut back my caloric intake in the form of junk food, if everyone else will. Any takers?

Hmmmm somehow I think not...

;-D

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Nick
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:10 AM

Daily sex.

Can't beat it.

Can't spell it.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 09:48 AM

Was this a JOhn from Hull thread before his keyboard got dyslexia?

RtS
PS Why is dyslexia so difficult to spell? Why does monosyllabic have so many syllables? Where's me tea?


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Nick
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 09:02 AM

Designer shoes may take a bit of a bashing though.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Nick
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 09:01 AM

If this continues by the year 2804 the average American will weigh the same as a female African elephant. Huge opportunities for door manufacturers, furniture designers, house builders etc etc


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 08:01 AM

Plump Americans hit airline profits". Could this be the one language they understand? LOL!


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: hesperis
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 11:26 PM

Ordinary medical services are covered in Canada, but often not the stuff that actually cures people!!!

Health Canada seems to me to just be a subsidy for the big drug companies, to the detriment of real health.

But at least they take care of broken bones and other acute injuries fairly well.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 08:39 PM

Why are Americans so fat?

Go to Cuba and you will see why. In America there is:

Too much TV.

Too many Nintendos.

Too many consumer goods.

Too much advertising.

Too much media.

Too much loneliness and isolation.

Too much money in place of all other considerations.

Too many "labour-saving" devices, such as the TV remote.

Too many pointless lawsuits.

Too many cell phones.

Too many cars.

Too many fast food joints.

Too much junk food.

Too much social inequity.

Too many slums and needless poverty.

Too little medical coverage.

Too much talk ABOUT freedom, too little practice of same.

Not enough real life. Not enough community. And not enough love.

Cuba ain't perfect (by no means), but it beats America in all of the above areas.

I live in Canada, where, I am sad to say, it is much the same as in the USA, except that we do at least have the free medical coverage...until the neo-conservative politicians get around to taking it away, that is...which is certainly their present objective...and may they rot in the Hades of their own choice where they can eat dollar bills after everything else has been ruined and obliterated.

By the way, this does not change the fact that most Americans and Canadians are fine and thoroughly likeable people...despite the unreality of our respective social systems. People's innate goodness has a way of triumphing over the odds, when it is given time to mature through experience, and gain compassion.

So don't take my posting above as a criticism of YOU. It is not intended as such.


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: bflat
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 08:30 PM

Maybe because we are so social. People always want to get together and that leads to eating together. Maybe it is depression because we hate the pace and expectations of our lives and eat to assuage our true feelings. Maybe it is the feeling of big is better which seems to be an American ethos. Step in tune; step in tune!! Maybe we are sick.

bflat


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Elise
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 08:02 PM

Could be all the Kraft mac and cheese...


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 02:42 PM

I can't believe that people (not you Jed) seem to want to keep this thread alive. It upset a lot of people at the time and in fact proved to be the last straw for one regular poster here.

Just my opionion but isn't this one just best left to disappear again?

Jon


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 02:34 PM

Not sure if any one mentioned conditions like thyroid disease and depression, etc...to be fair some are fat because of that. I know that doesn't really answer the question about why Americans are so fat...


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: Ely
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 04:05 PM

I don't understand SUV's. My parents shuttled two kids (plus friends and camping gear) in a Toyota Tercel for 12 years. Nobody killed anybody else--my parents talked to us and played music on the tape player to keep us entertained and there were never catastrophes. And, we can now sit in the car for 14 hours straight and not lose our minds (well, it's a handy skill in Texas).

Actually, soda is bad for you, period. I don't mean just the sugar, either. It causes osteoporosis. I forget the exact mechanics of it, though (something to do with the carbonation?). Colas are supposed to be the worst.

I like chicken fried steak on occasions (in general, I rarely eat meat) but even the 12 & under kid's portions were so big I stopped ordering it. I am not a small person but I just couldn't eat it (and I don't care for cold white gravy!).


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Subject: RE: Why are Americans so fat?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 03:14 PM

As Katchoo said, click on the hunger site - and do it every day, and stick it on your e-mail signature. It's not a lot, but it's something. If we all did it, it'd be quite a big little something.

I'm still puzzled why anybody found this question and this thread particularly offensive, but since they did, let's tiptoe quietly away and let it fall off the page.


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