in on Obesity
by Mad Dog
Americans are putting an unnecessary strain on their hearts, lungs,
feet, and the good nature of those people who have to sit next to them
on an airplane.
|Americans are too fat.
There, Iíve said it. You can use all the polite terms you want ó
plump, hefty, overweight, body mass challenged, over-gravitized ó but
it boils down to the same thing. If youíre a guy and you look like
youíre pregnant, youíre too fat. If youíre a woman who looks like
sheís pregnant and youíre not, youíre too fat. If you think Iím
starting to sound like Jeff Foxworthy, please, stop me now. One is
Should you be thin and reading this,
feel free to move on to the in-depth analysis in People of why
Ashton and Demi are the new J-Lo and Ben and how this will affect all of
their chances at this yearís Academy Awards. Hell, it certainly
canít hurt their chances. At least not unless mathematicians have
rescinded the rule against negative probabilities, which would be good
news for me since it would go a long way towards explaining how I do as,
uh, well as I do in the lottery. Then again, if youíre thin you might
just want to stick around. After all, fat people were thin once, so it
could happen to you too. Think about that the next time you go to
Cinnabon and ask them to supersize it.
The United States is the worldís
fattest nation. Itís true. Government statistics ó and if you
canít believe the government who can you believe? ó show that 65
percent of Americans are overweight. Yes, 65 percent! Thatís more than
pretend they didnít reply to a spam email offering a copy of the
ďPar!s H!lton v!deoĒ yet wonder why their mailbox is now filled with
offers for things they never dreamed were possible, even though we have
a space program thatís constantly developing incredible things like
Tang, ball point pens that write upside down, and foam mattresses which
are hawked on infomercials.
I managed to lose
those excess pounds, which proves that physical baggage can be easier to
shed than emotional
Think about it. This means two out of every three of us are
toting around excess weight, and no, Iím not talking about that
backpack filled with Krispy Kremes, potato chips, and 3-gallon Big
Gulps. No, this excess weight is much more attached to us than that. It
also means two-thirds of Americans are putting an unnecessary strain on
their hearts, lungs, feet, and the good nature of those people who have
to sit next to them on an airplane. And donít blame that on the
airlines, they supply seats which are perfectly suited to fit, oh, maybe
a 4-year-old. A small one.
Now before you go getting your
elastic waist slacks in an uproar, itís okay for me to talk like this.
After all, when I was a kid my mother dragged me kicking and screaming
into the husky department at Euphemismís Department Store to buy my
clothes. Calling them husky may have helped my mother feel better, but
it didnít do a thing for me. They might as well have called them
tubbies. Or blimpies. Actually, they probably would have called them
that were they not so afraid of being sued by the sub sandwich company.
But I managed to lose those excess pounds, which proves that physical
baggage can be easier to shed than emotional. It also proves that
stopping eating can be an effective diet plan, and had I not named my
book The Biafran Diet Iím sure it would have been as big a
seller as the Atkins, South Beach, or Lose Weight While Eating
Everything You Want Because Your Wallet Will Be Lighter Thanks To Having
Bought This Book diets.
Face it, nothing can bring you down as much as knowing you
looked better with a tumor the size of New Hampshire on your back. Okay,
maybe hearing Howard Dean scream with joy at the news could bring you
Trust me, I understand itís easier to put on weight than lose
it. Well, unless youíre Lucica Bunghez, the Romanian woman who
recently lost 175 pounds in 10 hours. Itís true. Unfortunately her
excess weight was in the form of a tumor which the doctors removed. A
tumor, mind you, which weighed almost twice as much as the rest of her
body. The operation went well and, according to the head of Plastic
Surgery and Understatement at the hospital in Bucharest, ďThe lack of
the tumor really suits her.Ē Iím sure if she didnít feel better
after the operation she definitely felt better after hearing this. Face
it, nothing can bring you down as much as knowing you looked better with
a tumor the size of New Hampshire on your back. Okay, maybe hearing
Howard Dean scream with joy at the news could bring you down more. Sue
Itís not surprising weíre a
nation of fat adults since weíre also a nation of fat children. A
recent issue of Time stated that on the average, a child in this
country eats 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they
graduate high school. Well, assuming they complete school in 12 years,
but thatís another problem to be discussed at another time. A few
weeks later the magazine featured a 10-year-old girl who weighed 220 lbs
and developed diabetes. The family was shocked. Uh, exactly what were
you thinking when you kept feeding her and she continued to grow out
more than up? Hey, if you aim your car at a brick wall and stomp on the
gas pedal, donít be shocked when you smash into the wall and get hurt.
To be fair, there are a lot of people
who are trying to lose weight. Unfortunately most of them are anorexic
and donít need to. But not all. In Nevada County, CA (motto:
ďConfused? So are we.Ē) 800 residents have joined a communal weight
loss program called the Nevada County Meltdown. Lets hope no one in the
Three Mile Island area picks up on this idea. The members of the
Meltdown hope to lose 4 tons of fat in two months. Thatís 133 pounds a
day, which is 532 Quarter Pounders with cheese, $240.84
at the current exchange rate, or nearly one Romanian tumor. That
may be a drop of fat in the oversized bucket, but hey, itís a start.
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