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Oct 25, 2009 06:32 AM

"Size Matters" on CBS Sunday Morning

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  1. I'm watching Monique at this moment. A very svelte 217 lbs!

    1. "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can EAT for your country!"

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Hilarious! And Mickey "D"s sales are up 11% in France - whoda thunk it.

        1. re: Veggo

          As I know you've lived in Colorado, is what they're saying now true? "Thin City" out there--and that Colorado is the least obese state in the county? Gotta say, it makes it easier to stay active when surrounded by others who are doing the same. Donuts are 65 percent less popular...whoa, imagine that happening in New England (NOT!). Maybe I need to move. ;)

          1. re: kattyeyes

            I lived on the High Line canal in Arapahoe county. I could leave my house by car, bicycle, running shoes, or kayak. Colorado is a magnet for world class athletes: rock climbers, kayakers, skiers, cyclists, and training at altitude. It is definitely a wholesome and infectious atmosphere.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Don't know about donuts... Seems there is a disproportionate liking for pizza, anything sausage-like and hamburger-like in CT. And pass me another cannoli!
              Then there was this comment:
              "And now, there is no bbq in the city, because Bo's went out of business. It was usually empty, I suppose because there was little demand for Texas-style BBQ in health-concious New England."
              Obviously, some see it differently.

        2. My favorite Sunday early AM indulgence and the Texas State Fair piece by Bill Geist was a gem. The segment showing Abel Gonzales and his "deep fried butter" was over the top.

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          1. re: Servorg

            I lived 8 years in both Texas and Colorado. The food at the Texas State Fair is the cosmological equivalent of anti-matter.

            1. re: Veggo

              I agree. But they did have Red Hots...

            2. re: Servorg

              Loved it. Admit it--you wanted to try it, didn't you? Or maybe the deep-fried cookie dough? I sure did. It might be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but hey, why not? And my first thought, seeing it was the TEXAS State Fair was, "Oh, boy...Scargod is gonna be mortified!" ;)

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Oh, I have no problem admitting that I want to go and sample most of what they have to offer. Hell, after I finished watching it this morning I told my wife that I felt a strong need for us to visit Texas for the fair. I'm not sure she believed me, but I was only half kidding. Although I am almost smart enough to realize it would probably kill me... ;-D>

            3. I am disgusted by what food has become in the U.S.: eat all the time, any crappy food you want. That's your right, , yes? Well heads up, folks, unless you are very tall, if you're female and weigh more than 150 pounds, or male and weigh more than 200 pounds, YOU ARE FAT, and heading for high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, arthritis, kidney disease, and on and on. This is not my personal opinion, it's scientific fact. Why on earth do we let the big food producers market their crappy processed food products to a vulnerable population?

              Big agriculture pumps so much cash into the political system that consumers don't have a chance. The true dietary information that should be available to American consumers is not there. Instead, there's a steady drumbeat to EAT MORE OF EVERYTHING. We should be demanding the heads of those responsible on pikes. Unfortunately, they just seem to get richer.

              Sorry I don't have a strong opinion on the subject.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                I am sympathetic. In a wealthy country where excess is within easy grasp, whether it be Twinkies or credit cards or mortgages, personal responsibility has to trump temtation.
                Teach...your children well....

                1. re: Veggo

                  Unfortunately, it's a rich country where the poor are the targets. Very, very sick. The rich don't eat Twinkies.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Not so! They eat whatever the hell they want to, because they can afford Lipitor and all those quadruple bypasses.

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      Yes, the poor are 'targets', as is everyone. But no bullets fly; injury arises from diving into the barrel of the gun. A beautiful thing is that we engineer our own destiny. It's palpable, and it's in our hands.
                      Teach....your children well....

                  2. re: pikawicca

                    "if you're female and weigh more than 150 pounds, or male and weigh more than 200 pounds, YOU ARE FAT"

                    Tell that to LaDainian Tomlinson, the San Diego Chargers running back. 5'10," 221 pounds. He's "obese" according to the BMI charts. Problem is, his total body fat is around six percent. An extreme example to be sure, but it goes to show how the obsession with caloric intake, weight, and, more recently, BMI, is complete nonsense.

                    The problem isn't that food is too cheap, it's that we've coupled cheap food with a sedentary lifestyle. You're absolutely right that big Ag continually makes it easier and cheaper to get low-quality food. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

                    Historically the problem hasn't been access to quality food, it's been access to food. Refined flour, unconverted corn, white rice, and other fairly empty calories have sustained (and still sustain) much of the world's population.

                    The problem is that people used to work for a living. My grandfather was 5'8" and 250 pounds. But he was a blacksmith. He spent his day swinging a big ol' hammer, and his weight was mostly upper-body muscle. A modern-day desk jockey or couch potato of the same height and weight is very likely to be a waddler.

                    The "food" industry has managed to do a good job of providing nutrition for the cash-strapped, physically-active population of the 1930s. But here in the 21st century we're neither cash strapped nor physically active. So we can buy as much crap food as we crave, and deposit it to our rapidly spreading collective ass.

                    Think about it - if your output is 1750 calories per day, you need to have the same input, and you'd better make the most of it. Whole grains, leafy greens, lean proteins, lots of fiber. But if you're burning twice that amount, you can eat all the ice cream you want. (Just ask my #*&$@ elder daughter - 5'7", 110 pounds, ~3500 calories/day - what I wouldn't give to have that metabolism back.)

                    What we need is balance. That was a lot easier when calories were scarce and physical labor was the most likely way to avoid starvation. Now starvation isn't an issue - that's a good thing - but there isn't much to tell us how we should handle a new set of challenges. Like, how do we stay healthy when there's too much food?

                    1. re: alanbarnes

                      "Like, how do we stay healthy when there's too much food?"

                      Let's just say for arguments sake that there is too much food. What happens if we don't cram just as much of it down our pie hole as will possibly fit on a daily basis? Do we still get fat?

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Sure the solution is simple - eat less, exercise more. The problem is implementation. As a society, we haven't figured out how to do this. And we're paying the price.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          This is an unanswerable question. Some have hollow legs; others do not.
                          One that is answerable: the excess food will probably rot unless you give it to somebody.

                        2. re: alanbarnes

                          I totally agree with you...

                          The reason obesity is a problem in the US is we have a lot of food and a sedentary lifestyle. A lot has to do with our wealth. We've moved from a lifestyle that was fraught with famine and hardwork (working to survive) into a lifestyle that's leisurely where I see leisurely = pleasure seeking.

                          It's easy to blame the food producers/manufacturers for pumping out "crap", but when it comes down to it. People have to control their own lives.

                          Fat people know they're fat. All they (myself included) have to do is eat less and exercise more.

                          Also, I don't buy into the conspiracy that big business and politicians push bad food on us. Often the simple answer is probably the best answer. "Lots of food and a sedentary, pleasure seeking lifestyle."