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Old 09-24-2005, 12:55 PM   #1
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Guess Who Is Fat and Won't Admit It? - Discuss

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At first, I agreed that men are less concerned or in denial about being overweight than women. IMHO, when women gain five pounds, they are more self-conscious about it & will address it right away - or just feel badly about themselves. Seems that I hear/read more about women having eating disorders, than I do men.

On the other hand, while in a strip mall one day, I observed dozens of men going into Gold's Gym - all body builder-type looking men - huge muscles & washboard abs. (Sorry girls, couldn't help noticing ). Noticed a few women, but mostly men. I knew one gal (early 50's) that spent at least 3 hours a day at the gym every day. She was so obsessed with her looks & age, she whited-out her date of birth on her driver's license & put in a younger year.

So, what do you think?

Guess Who Is Fat and Won't Admit It?


The answer: Men. Fully 25 percent of men are in denial about their weight problem, reports Reuters of a new survey conducted by Cancer Research UK. The overall number of overweight and obese people in the United Kingdom is similar to the United States with some 65 percent of men tipping the scales too high for their good health. But even so, a quarter of them refuse to admit they need to lose weight.

While it's easy to smile at the thought of men refusing to admit they're fat, what's not amusing is that 65 percent of those polled had no clue that being overweight is a risk factor for cancer. "In men who don't smoke, obesity is one of the biggest known causes of preventable cancer," Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK told Reuters. Obesity is also linked to a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, strokes and certain cancers. Amazingly, a whopping 75 percent of those polled in this British survey had no idea of the benefits of exercise.

It's important to note that men are not the only ones who are overweight. "Women are overweight too, but our research shows that more of them know they have a problem and that's the first step in putting it right," Jane Wardle of Cancer Research UK told Reuters.

How do we get fat? In most cases it's pretty simple and preventable. We eat too much unhealthy food and we don't exercise.

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Old 09-24-2005, 01:00 PM   #2
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Interesting.

I can't say I am surprised though. IMHO it seems that most people look for a quick fix to being overweight; forgetting how long it took them in the first place to get to where they are right now. There is really only one healthy way to lose weight and that is to eat well, but burn more calories than you take in. Simple, effective, and it doesn't mess with your kidneys or liver enzymes.

Having said all that, I have to say that I also believe women are sometimes oddly fixated on their body image to the detriment of their health. You can be somewhat overweight and still be in excellent health. Some women also have grossly skewed ideas of what "overweight" looks like.

Again folks, all this is JUST MY OPINION.
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Old 09-24-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Also - just a personal observation about weight/dieting women vs men -- All the tv commercials (I've noticed) for weight loss programs i.e. Jenny Craig - are all women. Think we've all seen the commercials for Fat Actress. I've never seen one for Fat Actor.
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Old 09-24-2005, 01:50 PM   #4
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I suppose women worry over their weight more. Many men seem to think if they were the same size waist (no matter how much further down it is) they are ok. I'm thinking about joining the Y and take exercise classes. A couple of my friends have really done well with that.
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Don't make come over there . Maybe I should explain. A strip mall (for lack of a better description), is a very small outdoor mall on the street with lots of various little stores side by side. Hope that makes sense.

Now, I wanna see all you guys throwing out those Hawaiian shirts (unless you live in Hawaii). j/k
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mish - did you really fall into his little web????
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mish - did you really fall into his little web????
Nah, I just play along with it

BTW, that's "Ms. Goober Doodle Chicken Pervert" to you.
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MISH! You are going to be responsible for a new keyboard at this rate! I keep spewing tea when I read your posts!
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MISH! You are going to be responsible for a new keyboard at this rate! I keep spewing tea when I read your posts!
Forget the keyboard! Girls I'm going over to Gold's Gym to hang out in the parking lot. Wanna join me?
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