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2011-12-31 05:27:44 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Man On A Mission: ...according to outdated and scientifically questionable body mass index charts.

I am 6'3", 44 years old, weigh 210 pounds, ride a bike 10 miles everyday, am a near total vegetarian, don't drink alcohol or soda and quit smoking seven months ago. Most of my friends consider me "slender" (at best). Yet, those same gov't BMI indices say that I am overweight and near borderline obese. Complete and utter bullshiat.

Bingo.
I'm 55 years old, 5'9, 174 (have not varied more than 2-3 lbs in the last decade), treadmill and cycle regularly. Yet according to the BMI foolishness, I'm 'overweight'.
CDC says 'normal' for my height is 125-169. I haven't weighed 130 since basic training. And I was a damn skinny kid,

But hey....if we tell everyone they are sick and overweight, we can increase our sphere of influence (and funding).


Or you could just loose 5 pounds, and all the buthurt
 
2011-12-31 05:28:34 PM  

Sabyen91: gamergirl23: mitchcumstein1: NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.

Yesterday I ate a 3 entree meal, 2 egg rolls and 3 crab rangoon from Panda Express for lunch. A chicken and steak burrito with extra meat, beans, rice, pico and corn salsa, sour cream and cheese, 3 chicken tacos and 3 steak tacos with cheese sour cream and a bag of chips from Chipoltle for dinner. People like me make up for people who don't.

I'm 6'2'' 197lbs, I don't get it either. Two nights ago I got drunk and ate about a quarter of a 13 pound spiral cut ham. You should see me at a buffet, it's staggering.

Yup. I've already eaten my third meal of the day and got up in the middle of the night for a protein shake last night.

Go on...


Damn beat me to it
 
2011-12-31 05:29:31 PM  

NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.


I don't know have you ever seen one of those burritos at places like freebird or chiptle? that's got to be 2-3 pounds on it's own. Then think about the friggen buffets, and I could see 1 out of so many (5, 10?) porking that average way up.
 
2011-12-31 05:29:49 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: That's a lot of food to bring along to Mars...


But Mars is no place to raise your kids.
 
2011-12-31 05:31:04 PM  

mitchcumstein1: NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.

Yesterday I ate a 3 entree meal, 2 egg rolls and 3 crab rangoon from Panda Express for lunch. A chicken and steak burrito with extra meat, beans, rice, pico and corn salsa, sour cream and cheese, 3 chicken tacos and 3 steak tacos with cheese sour cream and a bag of chips from Chipoltle for dinner. People like me make up for people who don't.

I'm 6'2'' 197lbs, I don't get it either. Two nights ago I got drunk and ate about a quarter of a 13 pound spiral cut ham. You should see me at a buffet, it's staggering.


i used to be able to eat like that, but I worked a manual labor job where even if i shut down the buffet I'd have worked it away.
 
2011-12-31 05:34:03 PM  

Mazzic518: Sabyen91: gamergirl23: mitchcumstein1: NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.

Yesterday I ate a 3 entree meal, 2 egg rolls and 3 crab rangoon from Panda Express for lunch. A chicken and steak burrito with extra meat, beans, rice, pico and corn salsa, sour cream and cheese, 3 chicken tacos and 3 steak tacos with cheese sour cream and a bag of chips from Chipoltle for dinner. People like me make up for people who don't.

I'm 6'2'' 197lbs, I don't get it either. Two nights ago I got drunk and ate about a quarter of a 13 pound spiral cut ham. You should see me at a buffet, it's staggering.

Yup. I've already eaten my third meal of the day and got up in the middle of the night for a protein shake last night.

Go on...

Damn beat me to it


Creepy feeder like typing detected. It wouldn't work.
 
2011-12-31 05:37:16 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Man On A Mission: ...according to outdated and scientifically questionable body mass index charts.

I am 6'3", 44 years old, weigh 210 pounds, ride a bike 10 miles everyday, am a near total vegetarian, don't drink alcohol or soda and quit smoking seven months ago. Most of my friends consider me "slender" (at best). Yet, those same gov't BMI indices say that I am overweight and near borderline obese. Complete and utter bullshiat.

Bingo.
I'm 55 years old, 5'9, 174 (have not varied more than 2-3 lbs in the last decade), treadmill and cycle regularly. Yet according to the BMI foolishness, I'm 'overweight'.
CDC says 'normal' for my height is 125-169. I haven't weighed 130 since basic training. And I was a damn skinny kid,

But hey....if we tell everyone they are sick and overweight, we can increase our sphere of influence (and funding).


Maybe the issue is that you are comparing yourself with others in the US, making it seem that you are skinnier than you actually are. Besides, claiming that the entire range is foolishness because you were skinny when you were in the bottom 11% isn't really helping either. That part of the range is where the really skinny, but not yet underfed, people go.

182cm (5'11 and a bit), 75,3kg (166lbs). Quite happy.
 
2011-12-31 05:42:51 PM  

NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.



You sound skinny.
 
2011-12-31 05:46:07 PM  
Your mom eats 5.47 pounds of food each day, fat ass.
 
2011-12-31 05:47:37 PM  
a mere 6 lbs per day? I'm 6'5" (220 lbs) My wife has insisted on taking pictures of my meals before I eat because "nobody would believe it". I massed a plate once, my 10 year old said "Dad, your dinner has a summit"

food is good. Enjoy it but don't be a lard ass
 
2011-12-31 05:48:40 PM  
BBL, have sudden need to go buy pork rinds.
 
2011-12-31 05:48:55 PM  
I hit my 2,000 pound limit 14 days ago. I am so looking forward to 2012 so I can eat again.
 
2011-12-31 05:50:12 PM  
Well if they are going to count lattes, guilty as charged.
 
2011-12-31 05:53:05 PM  
They're not pork rinds, they're chiccarones.
 
2011-12-31 05:53:24 PM  
As you all stuff your faces, please remember that there will be no snow in Africa this Christmas.
 
2011-12-31 05:57:37 PM  

fusillade762: They're not pork rinds, they're chiccarones.


And also chicharrones.

/pet
//peave
 
2011-12-31 05:58:20 PM  
That's, like, 4 times the average American's weight.
 
2011-12-31 05:59:45 PM  

Aarontology:

it takes a lot of food to maintain a three hundred plus pound figure.


Not really. I am 5' 10", 345 lbs. On a typical day I consume:

Breakfast: two packets of instant oatmeal

Lunch: 6 inch sub from subway or similar places (No cheese, light to no dressing)

Dinner: Mostly vegetables, but a 3 to 5 oz portion of meat or chicken

An occasional soda, but usually brewed teas (non sweetened), or water. I rarely drink alcohol.

So I do not buy the "eat a lot of food argument". Now if I could just become a bit more active, I might actually loose a pound or two.
 
2011-12-31 06:02:11 PM  
I gained 15-20 pounds this year but I know why - less exercise. I feel guilty until I have to go to the store and see all the people that are wider than the shopping carts. They must be eating part of everyone else's 5 pounds a day.
 
2011-12-31 06:03:47 PM  

gamergirl23: Mazzic518: Sabyen91: gamergirl23: mitchcumstein1: NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.

Yesterday I ate a 3 entree meal, 2 egg rolls and 3 crab rangoon from Panda Express for lunch. A chicken and steak burrito with extra meat, beans, rice, pico and corn salsa, sour cream and cheese, 3 chicken tacos and 3 steak tacos with cheese sour cream and a bag of chips from Chipoltle for dinner. People like me make up for people who don't.

I'm 6'2'' 197lbs, I don't get it either. Two nights ago I got drunk and ate about a quarter of a 13 pound spiral cut ham. You should see me at a buffet, it's staggering.

Yup. I've already eaten my third meal of the day and got up in the middle of the night for a protein shake last night.

Go on...

Damn beat me to it

Creepy feeder like typing detected. It wouldn't work.



Maybe they just want to hear about the "protein shake".
 
2011-12-31 06:03:58 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Meh, Scotland puts us to shame. With a conservative estimate of 2 babies per day at an average weight of 7 1/2 pounds, they consume a whopping 5475 pounds of food per year. If we assume that babies are 20% fat, 10% protein, and 70% water and other non-nutritive material (estimating here, if anyone has reliable data please chime in) at a caloric rate of 3500/lb fat and 1750/lb protein, that's an average of 13125 calories per day.

Add booze to that and we could be talking six figure daily caloric intake.
 
2011-12-31 06:08:21 PM  
My running stats for December if I didn't run I'd weigh 900 pounds.

171.86 Total Miles 30.24 Total Hours
22 Workouts
20,925 Total Calories

I also walk at lunch everyday

77.12 Total Miles
24.69 Total Hours
31 Workouts
5,531 Total Calories
 
2011-12-31 06:08:31 PM  

Donnchadha: mitchcumstein1: You should see me at a buffet, it's staggering.

You go now! You been here four hour!


I will not be rushed!

The best is a Chinese buffet that has Mexican stuff too, that's the honeypot, or Golden Corral on Sunday after all the Christians come it, then it gets a little hectic.

loonatic112358: i used to be able to eat like that, but I worked a manual labor job where even if i shut down the buffet I'd have worked it away.


When I was still playing basketball I had to activity try to stay at 185lbs.
 
2011-12-31 06:34:09 PM  
FAQ of the source data (new window)

Q: Does the Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System measure actual consumption?

A: No. The data system, which consists of three data series, does not measure actual consumption or the quantities ingested.

Q: Are the food availability data adjusted for food losses?

A: No, the core food availability data are not adjusted for most food losses (only some farm to retail losses have been accounted for at this stage).

So, it's a guess as to how much food is "consumed" but it isn't normalized for how much is lost due to spoilage, waste, etc. It's also only based upon known food stocks and import/exports. Home food production isn't counted either.

The article is a fail.
 
2011-12-31 06:37:25 PM  
Per year? Amateurs. The midwest can do that in a week.
 
2011-12-31 06:49:30 PM  

borg: My running stats for December if I didn't run I'd weigh 900 pounds.

171.86 Total Miles 30.24 Total Hours
22 Workouts
20,925 Total Calories

I also walk at lunch everyday

77.12 Total Miles
24.69 Total Hours
31 Workouts
5,531 Total Calories


Assuming 1lb is 3000 calories you would be almost 9 pounds heavier without exercise and eating the same. I wish I could manage that, twice a week is hard enough
 
2011-12-31 06:49:34 PM  
All those Cheetos explains my bright orange pecker.
 
2011-12-31 06:51:09 PM  
I think they're counting all the food college kids with a meal ticket put on their tray but don't actually eat.
 
2011-12-31 07:08:26 PM  
Not much into pork rinds here....but BEEF JERKY, BACON, yep, guilty!
 
2011-12-31 07:39:48 PM  
I think too many Americans are fooled by utter gigantism of the average obese person today. The people now saying "I'm not fat, the BMI say I'm obese, but I'm normal", 50 years ago would have been called fat.
 
2011-12-31 07:45:16 PM  
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2011-12-31 07:49:16 PM  

hailstorm: I think too many Americans are fooled by utter gigantism of the average obese person today. The people now saying "I'm not fat, the BMI say I'm obese, but I'm normal", 50 years ago would have been called fat.


In some cases it's okay to be above the BMI. If you work out a lot I'm pretty sure it's expected you'll be in the overweight category. It seems to be most accurate for lazy people.
 
2011-12-31 07:57:51 PM  

davidphogan: hailstorm: I think too many Americans are fooled by utter gigantism of the average obese person today. The people now saying "I'm not fat, the BMI say I'm obese, but I'm normal", 50 years ago would have been called fat.

In some cases it's okay to be above the BMI. If you work out a lot I'm pretty sure it's expected you'll be in the overweight category. It seems to be most accurate for lazy people.


Of course, but considering the number of complaints it seems that most Americans are body builders.
 
2011-12-31 08:05:45 PM  
5.47 pounds of food per day?

Hmmm. 2 eggs a piece of toast and 2 strips of bacon, a bowl of soup and half a sandwich, a salad, chicken breast and green beans weighs 5.47 pounds?

Oh wait. I forgot the popcorn
 
2011-12-31 08:21:06 PM  

mitchcumstein1: BKITU: Can you loan me half your thyroid?

If I could figure out how to market my ability to eat and not gain weight I would so do it.


I have a friend like this. It gets disgusting when we hit the fast food joints, but he has a metabolism that burns everything off. Oh, and he's in his early 60s. I SO want to smack him.

My son's the same way. I hate life. :)
 
2011-12-31 08:30:43 PM  

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I've always wondered how you remember your login...

Granted in kinda has a nice ring to it, like 01189998819991197253
 
2011-12-31 09:28:04 PM  

NFA: "Over the course of a year, the average American consumes nearly 2000 pounds of food"

Bullshiat

There is no way the average American eats 5.47 pounds of food each and every day.


That's on average. You have to consider there are fatties who probably account for at least 10 or 15 pounds a day; so they make up for the rest of us who eat 3 or 4.
 
2011-12-31 09:30:52 PM  
They probably base the calculation on how much food Americans purchase and they aren't factoring in the fact that Americans WASTE 25% of the food they buy.
 
2011-12-31 09:45:19 PM  

End_Of_Line: Aarontology:

it takes a lot of food to maintain a three hundred plus pound figure.

Not really. I am 5' 10", 345 lbs. On a typical day I consume:

Breakfast: two packets of instant oatmeal

Lunch: 6 inch sub from subway or similar places (No cheese, light to no dressing)

Dinner: Mostly vegetables, but a 3 to 5 oz portion of meat or chicken

An occasional soda, but usually brewed teas (non sweetened), or water. I rarely drink alcohol.

So I do not buy the "eat a lot of food argument". Now if I could just become a bit more active, I might actually loose a pound or two.



It's all your inbetween snacking that is keeping you fat. There is no way possible to be that high of a weight while having that kind of diet. Unless you did that for a single day, just to try and convince yourself you're making progress...

/5'10 & 345lbs!?
//I imagine you look like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka
 
2011-12-31 11:16:11 PM  
Is that dry weight?
 
2012-01-01 12:51:21 AM  

End_Of_Line: Aarontology:
it takes a lot of food to maintain a three hundred plus pound figure.
Not really. I am 5' 10", 345 lbs. On a typical day I consume:
Breakfast: two packets of instant oatmeal
Lunch: 6 inch sub from subway or similar places (No cheese, light to no dressing)
Dinner: Mostly vegetables, but a 3 to 5 oz portion of meat or chicken
An occasional soda, but usually brewed teas (non sweetened), or water. I rarely drink alcohol.
So I do not buy the "eat a lot of food argument". Now if I could just become a bit more active, I might actually loose a pound or two.


I had an Ex who tried to claim this too. The problem was that I lived with her and saw what was actually happening. While it's true she would eat like this one day. She would then be so proud of herself that she thought she deserved a reward. Her reward to herself was an entire chocolate cake, or a batch of cookies, or whatever unhealthy crap she could find, which she never counted in her daily calorie count because it was "a reward". This happened daily.

She also had a special kind of math, where If she owed me $50 she would pay me back by going shopping and buying something that cost $100. She would then say that since she bought it for "us" we should split the cost, my half of that $100 that I now owed her canceled out the $50 that shes owed me in hear head. But that's a whole other story.
 
2012-01-01 01:11:32 AM  

Bohemian: I gained 15-20 pounds this year but I know why - less exercise. I feel guilty until I have to go to the store and see all the people that are wider than the shopping carts. They must be eating part of everyone else's 5 pounds a day.


I lost 40 by gorging myself on red meat and butter six days a week. The seventh day, I carb loaded.

Excercise has helped too.
 
2012-01-01 01:45:13 AM  

End_Of_Line: Aarontology:

it takes a lot of food to maintain a three hundred plus pound figure.

Not really. I am 5' 10", 345 lbs. On a typical day I consume:

Breakfast: two packets of instant oatmeal

Lunch: 6 inch sub from subway or similar places (No cheese, light to no dressing)

Dinner: Mostly vegetables, but a 3 to 5 oz portion of meat or chicken

An occasional soda, but usually brewed teas (non sweetened), or water. I rarely drink alcohol.

So I do not buy the "eat a lot of food argument". Now if I could just become a bit more active, I might actually loose a pound or two.


Even if you were a 60 year old woman, you would need around 2100 calories a day with absolutely no exercise to maintain that weight. Your list must be off.
 
2012-01-01 03:28:48 AM  
Oh, great. Now I'm hungry...for a pound of steak, a smoked sausage, mashed potat..

Guess I'll have a salad. Happy friggin' new year.
 
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