Obesity affecting Californians

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  1. Eevee macrumors 6502a

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  2. ilifecomputer macrumors regular

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    Im in california, and yea its pretty outta control. On the other hand, I'm vegetarian and I encourage you all to consider :rolleyes: . (and by consider i mean looking up facts and studies and making your choice)
     
  3. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    It's happening all over the world including Australia. Currently the rate is 50% of the population is obese. The premier of Queensland is on a diet and urging people to do the same. While PM John Howard is asking people to get out and walk, which he does every day. There even a huge amount of money being funded in school canteens, new foot paths and etc. It's pretty crazy down here, with the issue.
     
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Why single out Californian's? This is a global issue, but prominent in my area sadly. I admit, I could shed a few. ;)
     
  5. jamdr macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I can vouch that there are still a lot of beautiful people in California, too :p But obesity is really beginning to become a serious problem not just in CA, or the United States, but all over the world. It's not good at all. People should stop eating fast food. Vegetarianism is a good alternative, but at least cut out the fatty red meats. I still can't believe that article that showed up on Macrumors the other day about those fast food burgers that have like 1400 calories and 100 grams of fat :eek:
     
  6. Eevee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ds1, thanks for the info.

    Guess it's a serious problem world wide.

    ilifecomputer, can't...must have meat...
     
  7. jamdr macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, it is a little odd to talk about how fat Californians are, when three CA cities are actually on the top 10 fittest cities list (SF, San Diego, Sacramento). It's really serious in places like Detroit, Philadephia, New Orleans, and pretty much all of Texas.
     
  8. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    I can vouch for the Texas part of this quote. I work out religiously and even I could stand to shed a few pounds. But practlcally everything served in this state is deep fried, well at least it seems like it anyway. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Careful there buddy! :D

    As a person that loves Mongolian BBQ, I fit your profile. I have gotten better at watching what I eat, but there are multiple reasons for overeating. And the lack of will power is not the sole reason.
     
  10. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    The problem isn't just what we eat, but the lack of exercise. In LA, at least, you have to drive everywhere. Public transportation is a joke. That means the only exercise one gets in the day is walking to and from the car, unless one joins a health club or has some other exercise regime. Yet when I lived in Seattle, I would walk everywhere and I probably weighed ~40lbs less while eating more.
     
  11. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    yeah, down here in Texas we don't know what public transportation is either, for the most part.
     
  12. AlaskaAUG macrumors newbie

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    When I lived in Los Angles for two years I noticed that poor and middle-clase neighborhoods had the fatties, while the Bel Air and Beverly Hills type neighborhoods had hot women and healthier population.

    An Alaskan 10 is a Bel Air 5.
     
  13. craigdawg macrumors 6502

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    Moo.

    I wouldn't say Californians suffer from obesity any more than Kansans or Floridians, etc. All people need to take responsibility for their own health.

    We may have fewer excuses not to eat right (we grow a lot of fruits and vegetables) or exercise regularly (it was a perfect 72 degrees yesterday).

    But don't be fooled into thinking everywhere in California is overflowing with beautiful people. There are some straight-up cowtowns out here. :D
     
  14. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    Haven't boeing created new jets for this crises.
     
  15. billyboy macrumors 65816

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    Steady on there. Global, as in worldwide? 70% of the world probably eats less than their counterparts in the US throwaway.

    Without wishing to sound fattist, but I just got back from San Diego and as an outsider looking in, I was staggered by the number of huge as in cuboid people there. There have to be a few contributing factors, and eating too much is probably a symptom of lifestyle?

    Everything seemed to be served big, fast and often. And snacking. Wow, it was like there was little self control.

    There seemed to be hardly any opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside, so many freeways. And the driving mentality is unbelievable. I saw a pedestrian twice I think, and she stood out like a sore thumb. What is she thinking walking along there!. Going to the park was an excuse to fire up the BBQ and eat and drink some more.

    Live in a more rural culture where you walk and dont snack all day and have set meals and you get a different people profile. I can think of one person in the town I live who would qualify in that "enormous" category. (Unless there are armies of hugely overweight here who cant get out.)



    I am just going to go back to the monastery I live in and pig out on a lettuce.
     
  16. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Yes, obesity is a mystery. Here's what we do know:

    1. People eat way more than they should, cramming just one more huge 800 cal portion down their bloated gullets without questioning why they feel "stuffed" afterwards, and

    2. They don't get their fat asses off the sofa even once a week for even light exercise.

    Then they constantly ask me how i stay so 'thin' or even better, call me anorexic. can't go through a day at work without at least 2 people mentioning how I "look too thin" even as they bitch about how their latest fad diet hasn't worked after 3 weeks.

    </venting>

    But yeah, it's a mystery.
     
  17. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Fat people associate exercise as being unpleasant. Exercise to a fit and lean person is actually pleasurable.

    Maybe that's one reason fat people are getting fatter.
     
  18. billyboy macrumors 65816

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    I think it is a mind thing, not a fat thing.

    As a fairly lean and well above average fit person, I can assure you there was nothing pleasurable about getting back on a bike yeaterday after 2 sedentary weeks living the American way! Looking after yourself is a mental thing, and luckily I had a mate who ignored my bitchng and moaning, and kept me cycling when I really didnt want to. I woke up today feeling a lot better about myself and I will have no problem getting back in training this week.

    So, if you have a good mindset and a realistic gameplan to regain your health, I would have thought exercise for an overweight person would be even more appealing than someone like me just topping up?
     
  19. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I have always been on the thin side. Just had a dietitian check on my BMI last Fall, "You are still of a normal weight." I used to enjoy going to an all you can eat bar. Considered it to be a lot of fun. Just can't eat that much. Now my eye is bigger than my stomach. End up feeling stuffed and then feel miserable.
     
  20. Lacero macrumors 604

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    People eat because they are bored, sometimes. And other times, as we know, they eat because it fills them up emotionally. So that's why for fat women, it's a vicious circle. [​IMG]
     
  21. narco macrumors 65816

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    I live in Los Angeles and rarely see any "obese" people. When I visit my parents who live in the suburbs of LA, then THAT'S when the obese come out of the woodwork, or the McDonald's -- whichever.

    One of the "problems" is that there are just too many fast food places. Everywhere you look there is a McDonald's or Burger King. It's not a problem for me because I simply choose not to eat there. It's much more satisfying to buy and make your own food, plus it's a lot cheaper.

    Exercising is a big problem as well. Maybe the 80's band Missing Persons was right: nobody walks in L.A.

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  22. Lacero macrumors 604

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    [​IMG]Actually, they did a study and found that making your own food is actually more expensive. I don't remember the details of the study but they looked at the time spent shopping/preparing/cooking/cleaning, etc and it was cheaper to just eat out.
     
  23. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    That's assuming that time = money, right? But if you have the time to cook, in general I would guess it's cheaper. Unless you go to really cheap fast food like Taco Bell.
     
  24. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Similar here - I can't fill up my stomach, otherwise I'll be in for a night of hell. I used to get nausea, diarrhea and all that hell every other night back when I was young. Learned to pay attention to what my stomach says - it doesn't matter what I'm eating, when my stomach says to stop, I stop, period. I don't understand people who quite literally just ignore it and continue eating and eating.
     
  25. narco macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I don't consider my time=money since I do have time to cook. It's actually nice to take time to cook since I rarely take breaks throughout the day.

    And my old diet was a lot cheaper than eating fast food. I used to live off of 7-11 hotdogs and coke. Then I wised up and bought my own pack of hot dogs, and a case of coke -- saved a ton of money since 8 hot dogs cost about 25¢ when you buy them at the grocery store, compared to ~$2 at 7-11.

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