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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Obesity Is Now a Disease?

This makes me want to eat a Twinkee.
Obesity must be treated as disease -expert
By Patricia Reaney

ATHENS (Reuters) - Obesity, which already affects more than 300 million people and an alarming number of children, must be recognized and treated as a disease with deadly complications, a leading expert said on Wednesday.

Up to 8 percent of total healthcare costs in some Western countries are attributable to obesity and related problems. It is a leading cause of preventable death -- so shedding excess weight is not just about looking good.

"Obesity is not an aesthetic problem. It is a very complex problem tightly connected to diabetes, atherosclerosis (blocked arteries) and other major health problems and causes of death," Professor Constantine Tsigos, chairman of the 14th European Congress on Obesity, told Reuters ahead of the meeting.

"It has to be treated and confronted seriously." (link)
Personally, I think if we confronted fat people with laughter and ridicule, it would do them a lot more good.

Now, I know there are quite a few of you reading this who weigh more than you wish you did. (That's my polite way of saying you consider yourself a rotund mound of tonnage).

Here's some advice from one who has been there:

About four years ago, I hopped on the scales and, no matter how I tried to reposition my weight on the damn thing, I weighed 217 pounds (I'm 6'0"). I attribute it to the fact that I gave up bourbon whiskey and we all know that consuming great quantities of bourbon somehow brings about weight reduction. Scientists have determined that it has to do either with all the puking or to the long stretches of time when you forget to eat.

Anyway, I reached crisis mode this particular morning when, shortly after I weighed myself (I still think it had to do with the strong crosswind in the bathroom that somehow affected the sensor thingie in the scales), I went to put on a suit.

Now, you should know that Paula and I took a day and went to a men's clothing store in Detroit shortly before Blimpboy-Swells-to-217-Freeking-Pounds Day and purchased some suits. No, they weren't just suits. These were suits. Very expensive, custom-tailored, form-fitting, pectoral enhancing (okay, I embellish) suits. The kind that set you back enough to where you include them in your will.

On the day of inflabby, er infamy, I could barely get my trousers buttoned. My very expensive trousers.

Tears came to my eyes.

If there is one thing that motivates guys, besides buxom women, its money. And I saw that, if I didn't change my eating habits, I was going to be using my nice new expensive suits for Goodwill write-offs.

So. I decided to lose weight then and there.

I researched the Atkins Diet. And I absorbed the finer intricacies of the Pritikin Diet. And I consulted Jenny Craig. And I checked out the Weightwatchers program. As well as the South Beach Diet. What I was able to determine, after exhaustive research, was that each of these diets offered certain advantages. So what I finally decided to do was, I combined all of these diets into one.

I eat less of everything.

And I've maintained a steady 185 ever since.

No charge for the advice.

'The White Burden of Racism'

I encourage all of you to read a column entitled, "The White Burden of Racism" in the Roanoke Times this morning contributed by a nurse psychotherapist in Radford, Virginia named Andrea Kelso. It's a trip down memory lane.

Slavery. KKK. Whiteness. Jim Crow. The ongoing struggle. Apologies. She covers all the bases. Somehow Tawana Brawley even stumbles into her article.

I had almost forgotten how bigoted some people can be.

I guess I should thank Andrea Kelso for the reminder.

Making the Case ... Or Not

I read this header (and subheading) for a Roanoke Times editorial this morning ...
A president at odds with reality
Iraq, Afghanistan and the terrorist threat all contradict Bush's misleading rhetoric
. (link)
... and said, "Hmm. Let's see what this is all about."
What was false in 2003 is now true: Iraq is integral to the fight against al-Qaida and other terrorists.
Hey. I'm not sure why it would have been false in 2003, but I've always said the events unfolding in Iraq are only a battle in the larger war on terror. The Times' editorial staff are making good sense here.

I'm beginning to fear for my sanity.
Iraq is not just where terrorism is burgeoning. It is also why.
I knew it was too good to be true.

So terrorism is George Bush's fault. Had he not stopped the slaughter that ended with a body count of 300,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children by sending Saddam Hussein to his infamous rat hole, there would be no terror problem.

To suggest that is to ignore all the other terrorist movements - and vicious attacks - in previous decades. And in far-flung locales from Madrid to Bali. The Philippines to New York City.

If George W. Bush hadn't attacked Iraq, we might have prevented Khobar Towers, the Beirut marine barracks bombing, and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer. Only if one is sporting blinders can one make the case that Iraq is the problem.

Iraq is one of a thousand problems with Islamists around the world who are hell-bent on murdering Israelis, Europeans, Christians, backsliding Muslims - Americans. Not necessarily in that order.

Anyway, The Times deserves the chance to make their case. Do it.
According to experts such as France's top anti-terrorism judge, al-Qaida is larger, more fragmented and quickly attracting young recruits radicalized by the invasion. "We have a multiplication of all the cells, groups and connections," Jean-Louis Bruguiere, an authority on Islamist militant cells around the world, told BBC Radio.
A French judge.

The BBC.

You lose.

'Deep Throat' Comes Out

This is a flashback to such a profoundly sorrowful period in our history that I'll not dwell on it.

So now we know.

Three decades after Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein first titillated America's imagination with their description of "Deep Throat," the highly placed source who passed on critical information about the unfolding Watergate scandal, his identity is public.

Yesterday, The Washington Post confirmed the claim in a Vanity Fair article that Deep Throat was W. Mark Felt, then the No. 2 man at the FBI. (
There you have it.