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Old 08-10-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
Katherine Derbyshire
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Why Americans are fat

Or at least one of the reasons. WFS graph from the New York Times showing how Americans spend their time:
http://www.nytimes.com//interactive/...raphic.html?hp

Note the enormous red blob that is TV time. See if you can find the thin gray line that is sports.

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Old 08-10-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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that totally just went up on my facebook status!
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:50 PM   #3
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Re: Why Americans are fat

here is a better article.

http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...4857-1,00.html

We really need to stop buying into the notion that cutting calories and exercise is the key to losing fat. Eat the right calories to burn fat, exercise to re-shape your body and exercise to build and maintain healthy lungs, joints and heart.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:07 AM   #4
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Smile Re: Why Americans are fat

And that is why I am glad I found crossfit.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:27 AM   #5
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Re: Why Americans are fat

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here is a better article.

http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...4857-1,00.html

We really need to stop buying into the notion that cutting calories and exercise is the key to losing fat. Eat the right calories to burn fat, exercise to re-shape your body and exercise to build and maintain healthy lungs, joints and heart.
I mostly agree. Also, 70% what you put into your body and 30% what you do with your body. Most Americans believe the FDA and consume over 50% of carbohydrates in their diet. That in turn with NO activity = faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

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Old 08-11-2009, 06:35 AM   #6
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Re: Why Americans are fat

Interesting how there only appears to be two meal times, lunch and dinner.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:35 AM   #7
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Re: Why Americans are fat

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I mostly agree. Also, 70% what you put into your body and 30% what you do with your body. Most Americans believe the FDA and consume over 50% of carbohydrates in their diet. That in turn with NO activity = faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
Yep...but I would say its more 80/20.
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Re: Why Americans are fat

Interesting how there only appears to be two meal times, lunch and dinner.

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here is a better article.

http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...4857-1,00.html

We really need to stop buying into the notion that cutting calories and exercise is the key to losing fat. Eat the right calories to burn fat, exercise to re-shape your body and exercise to build and maintain healthy lungs, joints and heart.
It amazes me how something as simple as dropping a few pounds of fat is so confusing to the general population. Eat less, manage insulin, eat protein= success.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:34 AM   #9
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Re: Why Americans are fat

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here is a better article.

http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...4857-1,00.html

We really need to stop buying into the notion that cutting calories and exercise is the key to losing fat. Eat the right calories to burn fat, exercise to re-shape your body and exercise to build and maintain healthy lungs, joints and heart.
I respectfully disagree. At least to the extent of my experience where I have never been able to lose weight by diet alone. I may be the exception and I understand in theory, what you are saying is certainly correct. But in practice, I don't think one without the other can be effective long-term.

Turn off the TV, move your arse, eat real food and you will be much healthier. (Hell, that's the kind of health care reform we need around here.)
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Re: Why Americans are fat

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that totally just went up on my facebook status!
+1

I will guess that the questionnaire was relatively thorough because of the depth of the chart. I certainly hope it wasn't something like I'm used to filling out:

How long would you say you (watch tv, exercise, work, walk, run, etc etc etc) everyday?
0 hours
1-3
2-5
5+

Sure, it makes the results easier to quantify, but for a portion of the population who fall well between those ranges (say, 15 minutes of tv per day) it could skew the results for the whole.
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