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User currently offlineSonic99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsAr...l&WTmodLoc=NewsArt-R1-MostViewed-2

Whoa, that's really a growing concern for the health of a nation. Fast foods? Eating habits? All the chemical junk in foods now (aka preservatives)?

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Let me ask you this. Why are you so concerned with Americans being fat? Who cares? Americans not being able to fit into a CT Scan Machine doesn't effect you at all.

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 1):
Americans not being able to fit into a CT Scan Machine doesn't effect you at all.

Unless he manufactures CT Scan Machines in Canadia and wants to build a machine with full customer satisfaction for the future!



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 1):
Americans not being able to fit into a CT Scan Machine doesn't effect you at all.

It does if you're next in the queue and they can't get the bugger back out...  Wink



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

Quote:
their fat is too dense for X-rays or sound waves to penetrate

wow! It must be as dense as lead irked 
It doesn't effect me so I don't care. It's their fault anyways.



Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineSonic99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 1):
Why are you so concerned with Americans being fat?

Ok, here's one: Because if it's some kind of disease, I don't want to be affected because of this "porous" US border!

What cynicism.

I posted that because because it raises valid questions and issues regarding our food sources, food preparation and this affects not only Americans but others around the world as well.

Why respond with such cynicism?


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Was this study conducted using A.netters as guinea pigs?

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 2):
Unless he manufactures CT Scan Machines in Canadia and wants to build a machine with full customer satisfaction for the future!

So the machines makers in "Canadia" get to charge MORE money for making a bigger machine.

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 2):
It does if you're next in the queue and they can't get the bugger back out...

 knockout 


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 7):
So the machines makers in "Canadia" get to charge MORE money for making a bigger machine.

Hey your neighbours across the water are smart. Their development of regular machines for the fat ass American is going to cost your economy bad. You're going to be forced to buy Canadia's products and before you know it you'll all be called Norm and eating at Timmy's. Sure.

Blame Matt.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 8):
before you know it you'll all be called Norm and eating at Timmy's. Sure.

I can live with Norm. However if we start getting called Gord, then its on!


User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

I'm an American and I'm not fat.

I don't make stupid generalizations about Canadians, i.e., "They're all moose-fornicating flannel wearers named Doug who drink Labatts and smear each other with maple syrup while watching hockey and smoking pot," so why do you?

Yes, some Americans have weight problems. Yes, it's their own fault.

Again, how does this affect anyone who isn't an overweight American?



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

"With 64 percent of the U.S. population either overweight or obese, the problem is worsening, but it represents a business opportunity for equipment makers and hospitals"

That's the American way! Seeing a problem as a business opportunity!  rotfl 


User currently offlineYeahitsK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1348 times:

Actually I think it's a reasonable generalization- 66.3% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight or obese, while 32% are obese.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm

But of course, some people will fall into the remaining 33.7%.


User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1283 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 10):
"They're all moose-fornicating flannel wearers named Doug who drink Labatts and smear each other with maple syrup while watching hockey and smoking pot,"

Damn, he's certainly got our number!  Wink


You guys are making this into way too much of a US/Canada thing. Most of the time the term "American" in the media can be interpreted as "North American" - Canada has an awful lot of obese people too.



You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 13):
got our number

Thanks for having a sense of humor, Dude.

No, I know the rest of the world likes to make fun of us for being fat, but to tell you the truth, most americans I know are completely embarassed that the image projected across the pond is that the average American looks and behaves like a guest on Jerry Springer.

I can't state this as fact, but from my experience, walking around NYC and Philly, I don't see too many overweight people. Now, travelling to the middle states, I can't say that. Are the fatties staying inland?

Do people in metropolitan areas stay more fit over the world?



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

Quoting Sonic99 (Reply 5):
What cynicism.

Sonic - Meet KROC.  duck 

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

The one thing I don't get about this whole overweight classification system is the concept of one's Body Mass Index (BMI). I'm about 5'9", and I weigh 154 pounds - I don't have much fat on my body at all; in fact, my doctor said that I shouldn't really go any lower in weight. Yet, according to the BMI scale, I'm a 24.3 (or something in that range) - just below the border of 25 for "normal" and "overweight". What am I supposed to do to fall lower into the normal category - eat 800 calories per day for a month?

I really don't think that the categorization system is fair nor accurate; just because you're a certain weight doesn't mean you're fat, particularly for people that are muscular. Someone with a lot of muscles can weigh a lot (muscles weigh more than fat), but according to weight alone, they'd be "overweight."


User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1807 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 14):
most americans I know are completely embarassed that the image projected across the pond is that the average American looks and behaves like a guest on Jerry Springer.

They dont?
 Wow!



rolf
User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

It's not only the US.

Danish hospitals recently had to buy a sh*tload of lifts- you know, the ones used to lift obese people into a hospital bed from ie. a wheelchair/operating table- as well as larger beds. We've never been a "fat nation", so this is scary.

Why do I care? Because healthcare is paid through taxes here. So because SOME people feel like overeating, I, and other danes, have to pay for their extra healthcare and this new equipment!

Obesity must affect the economy in the states somehow too.

Sure, some obesity is caused by genetics and other healthproblem, but this is only 1-4 percent. Of course it's their body and they should do what they want to- but it's kinda like smokers- WE have to pay for it in the end because THEY can't contain themselves...


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