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2012-09-26 09:13:42 AM

aintsobad: enderthexenocide: i have a cousin who is about 20 years old now and he must weight 300 pounds. he's enormous. his mother (my aunt) is not the most caring or understanding parent in the world, so i could point to his white trash upbringing as the source of his weight problem. but the thing is, he's not an only child. his sister is about 22 or so and she is thin and healthy, and his younger brother is 18 or so and he's normal size, maybe just a bit overweight. they all have the same mother and father and were raised the same, so why is he so gigantic and his siblings aren't? i don't get it.

The other two are skinny because the fat one eats it all before they get a chance.


I hate to say it, but this is about right. I have 4 kids. The oldest (18) is kinda chubby - but I think we can give her a pass as she has a 4 month old (extremely difficult child - but that's another subject). My 15 yr old son is 140lbs - I was 160 at that age, but I was doing 45lb curls per arm and more active. My 12 yr old daughter is skinny, buy my 9 yr old son is too chubby. He's not technically overweight, but I can see it coming. His older siblings eat Ramen and rice, and he eats multiple hot dogs and all the fixin's. He is active, plays soccer and baseball, but had heart surgery as a baby and has asthma. All the kids know he'll eat anything - which is cool that he doesn't turn his nose up to anything, but I have to constantly remind him before he takes seconds "are you REALLY hungry?"

As a parent it's hard, but one of my good friends has struggled with his weight all his life (hence my lifting weights at 15, it was with him), and my son doesn't look much larger now than my friend did at that age...

Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child already knows.
 
2012-09-26 09:17:54 AM
Whenever I checkout at the grocery store and see a parent with a fat kid, I look at what they are buying and I see why the kid is fat (as well as usually the parents too.)

That being said I don't really feel that it's 100% the parents fault. They are doing the best they can on tight budgets and following lots of BS nutritional advice put out by mainstream news and corporate marketing.

Let's be honest, my kids are not fatties because I have critical thinking skills to actually investigate nutritional myths and studies that are not taught in high school. I let my kids eat whatever and whenever they want at home but my cupboards and fridge is stocked with healthy, real food. I cook breakfast everyday before I go to work for my family, pack healthy lunches for my kids everyday, and I cook simple family dinners almost every night that we sit down as a family to eat. If my kids don't like a veg or something I made, I get them to at least try it because some day they might suddenly like it (This happens a lot)

Start those habits when your kids are young and they won't be fat but in our fast-paced society, what seems normal to me is unreasonable&too much work to most of today's parents.
 
2012-09-26 09:19:56 AM
The problem is that no one feels shame anymore. No one is responsible for their own actions, and calling them on it will get you labeled as a bigot or a "hater" for your "victim shaming".


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2012-09-26 09:22:10 AM

Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...


I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.
 
2012-09-26 09:23:37 AM

Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.


How tall are you?
 
2012-09-26 09:24:12 AM

WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?


WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?


6 foot.
 
2012-09-26 09:24:26 AM
Stupidity and passing along their own bad habits.

I have a great example in my own family. My first cousin and her husband. They're just stupid. She's a dental assistant, he's a McDonald's manager. Their kid is like 16 or 17 now. They live about 800 miles away from me, but I've seen recent pictures of them. She's probably 220, her husband is huge (like 400 huge, easy,) and their son is easily 300.

From an early age, they refused to actually PARENT and let the kid dictate what was fed to him. As a result, at around seventeen years old, he says vegetables and most "normal" food make him gag. My aunt says he literally can't eat vegetables because they make him gag since he was never acclimated to anything but fast food. He won't even eat things like STEAK or ribs. Which takes us to what he's eaten almost his entire life...

This is a very specific list (all this information was told by my aunt, which tells my mother, then I hear about it. My aunt lives right down the street from these fatasses, and she's also to blame because she also buys this shiat and is fat and diabetic herself.)

Chicken McNuggets
Pizza Hut pizza

There it is...two things. That's literally mostly what this kid has been eating since he was a child. His father would bring him home leftover McNuggets from work. His mother works late as does his dad, and his grandmother (my aunt) would also buy him these things when she was looking after him.

Oh, and on the pizza note, it gets even better than that...my parents went up to visit them one summer, and they all ordered pizza. To be exact, my aunt and uncle ordered the pizza for everyone. The pizza arrives, my parents go to get a piece, the pizzas are all plain cheese. My mom asks my aunt why they didn't get any toppings, and she says "Oh, any other toppings make Jimmy (we'll call him Jimmy) gag."

Un-farking-precedented stupidity, if not criminal child neglect. I don't know if he's on any blood pressure meds or anything yet, but he's f'd for life. He'll never lead a completely normal life as a direct result of his parents.
 
2012-09-26 09:24:45 AM
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2012-09-26 09:26:23 AM

optikeye: strangeluck: A woman I work with

Quite a few reasons...first is that women are working, and not spending 3-5 hours a day shopping and making food. Also, fast food is what the parents have been brought up on..and portion sizes have increased. And after a hard days work, the parents don't feel like fighting with the kids or doing the 'fine, you don't like it...off to bed with you---no tv, no snacks. Kids also don't get enough exercise even compared to 25 years ago..where they'd ride bikes in the 'burbs...or mow grass for pocket money. They're on the 'net or plugged into video game pacifiers.


3-5 hours/day shopping and making food? What kind of cooking did you grow up on, upscale French cuisine? Shop for the week on a weekend, cook 5-6 meals, and freeze them. And you don't even have to cook whole meals--cook & freeze the protein & just nuke frozen veggies that night. I do that now--on Sunday cooked up a yankee pot roast, tray of lasagna florentine, veggie burgers, tikka masala (from a Trader Joe's sauce), and cajun shrimp. Froze it all and we just nuke veggies, rice, or whatever & reheat the protein. Took me a total of 6 hours, including the shopping.
 
2012-09-26 09:26:37 AM

Havokmon: WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?

WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?

6 foot.


Your BMI calculations sound about right. I would expect someone who is 6' to weight about 180 - 185.
 
2012-09-26 09:30:11 AM
FTFA: "I constantly asked myself 'what am I doing wrong?'"

In most cases like this, it's because you're trying too hard to be your child's friend and not his parent.
 
2012-09-26 09:32:03 AM

ModernLuddite: Children these days are less and less sexy!


I ♥ U
 
2012-09-26 09:32:11 AM

fisker: [i.imgur.com image 197x365]


what.the.fark.is.that
 
2012-09-26 09:32:40 AM

WhippingBoy: Havokmon: WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?

WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?

6 foot.

Your BMI calculations sound about right. I would expect someone who is 6' to weight about 180 - 185.


Yeah, and I'm not football player (I work in IT), but I haven't been under 200 for 20 years. I wear a 34' waist jeans, and I'm not a muffin top.
I think the better calculation is the wrist test. In high school we were told if you can touch your thumb and middle finger around your wrist, you were ok. I can do that :)
 
2012-09-26 09:33:30 AM

shakespear: My cousins kid is:

12

5'2"

250

on 2 different blood pressure meds

diabetic


I figure he will be blind by 30, dead by 40


They'll chop off his feet by 25
 
2012-09-26 09:35:34 AM

WhippingBoy: Havokmon: WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?

WhippingBoy: Havokmon: Havokmon:
Its easy to look at a picture and say that kis is fat, the parents need to do something. It's really hard to look at your own child and tell them they aren't getting another serving because they'll get fat(ter)- the parent gets the heartbreaking look because the child a ...

I have to add the 'standard' BMI calculators are crap. I just did mine and it says I'm 35 lbs overweight - I weigh 215. Yeah, I could lose 10 lbs, my stomach would be totally flat and I'd have a good set of abs - but at 205 it would still say I'm way overweight.

How tall are you?

6 foot.

Your BMI calculations sound about right. I would expect someone who is 6' to weight about 180 - 185.


It still depends on your body type. I'm 6-foot and big-boned. When I was 188, I looked positively skeletal. Also, when I stood up too quickly, I'd get dizzy. Now I'm 206--cheeks & collarbone no longer protrude as much and I don't get dizzy. 

I don't pay attention to the BMI charts. If you're happy with the way you look and you feel healthy, you're fine.
 
2012-09-26 09:36:22 AM
Step 1: Base your diet on items that provide calories, but are nutritionally void (bread, rice, potatoes, pasta)
Step 2: Body craves vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins that it didn't receive in step 1, signals the brain that it is still hungry
Step 3: Go to step 1

The result is that people accumulate more calories than the body can burn, while becoming malnourished. Eat real meat & vegetables, minimally processed.
 
2012-09-26 09:37:43 AM
Laziness. Pure and simple.

It's f*cking laziness.
 
2012-09-26 09:38:11 AM
I have two kids 8 y/o girl and 10 y/o autistic boy; both of average height with a combined weight of 100lbs. We get fast food more than once a week. They have plenty of snacks available when they want. I cook dinner for them and do so short order, meaning if we have it and they both don't want the same thing, then I make them each something different. I use butter and bacon fat profusely in my food. The difference is that they are active. Yeah, the boy likes his PS3, but only spends about 7hrs a week on it. You gotta be doing something pretty farked up if you let your kids get fat.

It isn't food, it's mindset. I eat when I am actually hungry and stop when I am full. I suppose that is leading by example for my kids, but I kill that example by downing a 5th of vodka on a Friday night. I've been a lazy ass for about a year because I have a tumor in my head and it causes occasional dizziness, but even I haven't packed on any extra weight. Why? Because I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full.
 
2012-09-26 09:38:22 AM
Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.
 
2012-09-26 09:41:02 AM

fisker: [i.imgur.com image 197x365]


Now who the hell would dress up an elephant seal like that? Someone call PETA.
 
2012-09-26 09:41:05 AM

SuperDarly: I have the opposite problem with my kids. They are underweight because they refuse to eat anything. Oh they'll whine for chicken nuggets or pizza when we give them a nice plate of roast chicken, potatoes and veggies but we've gotten pretty desensitized to it and have used the "That's your dinner, eat it or don't eat it." line more times than I can count this month.

/It's all undone when they visit the grandparents though, they get spoiled rotten


I had a talk with my neighbor who loves his kid, but needs to learn discipline.
I told him the things my dad would say, like dress for dinner and eat at the table.
That's what we're having for dinner and you will, too. Or you can have it for breakfast, cold.
No dessert until you finish.
Go outside and play.
One hour of TV a night, choose wisely.
You can be replaced.
You want to run to the store for a candy bar? Go ahead, run.
 
2012-09-26 09:41:28 AM

optikeye: strangeluck: A woman I work with

Quite a few reasons...first is that women are working, and not spending 3-5 hours a day shopping and making food. Also, fast food is what the parents have been brought up on..and portion sizes have increased. And after a hard days work, the parents don't feel like fighting with the kids or doing the 'fine, you don't like it...off to bed with you---no tv, no snacks. Kids also don't get enough exercise even compared to 25 years ago..where they'd ride bikes in the 'burbs...or mow grass for pocket money. They're on the 'net or plugged into video game pacifiers.


This is an example of what a lame justification for bad parenting may look like. As optikeye has pointed out, the only reasonable approach to parenting is to do the absolute minimum for them without letting it interfere with your normal life. Also, having kids is a right and the state should be taking care of them anyway.
 
2012-09-26 09:44:19 AM

KawaiiNot: That being said I don't really feel that it's 100% the parents fault. They are doing the best they can on tight budgets and following lots of BS nutritional advice put out by mainstream news and corporate marketing.


Oh FFS, "Kids should eat Lunchables, ice cream, hot dogs and all the pop they can get their hands on" said no dietician, EVER.
 
2012-09-26 09:44:20 AM
I grew up in a house with two full-time working parents, but my brother and I weren't fat, because our parents didn't feed us garbage for dinner and I learned healthy eating and exercise habits. Now, if you're on welfare, I feel sympathy for you, because garbage food is cheap, but otherwise people who claim they can't feed their family properly because they and their spouse both work are just too lazy/stupid to do so.

There was an article a couple of months ago where this yuppie woman was bragging about her child-raising techniques where her primary weapon against keeping her eight-year-old daughter from getting fat was to not let her eat as much as she wanted at the dinner table. I'd like to tell her "Hey, lady, you're a real biatch for telling your daughter to stop eating dinner when she's still hungry. She's farking 8. If you're 8-year-old is ballooning up, it's not because she's eating too much dinner, it's because you're either feeding her unhealthy crap every night or not letting her run around like an 8-year-old should. Probably both.
 
2012-09-26 09:45:34 AM

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


Healthy? No, but a bucket of pretzels keeps you from starving - just eat 3 mid-morning and 3 mid-afternoon. It's not the healthiest snack, but it's quick and easy and IMHO helps you learn/maintain self control cause they're so damn nummy...
 
2012-09-26 09:47:15 AM
I farking HATE fat people. They smell, they gross me out, and they generally breathe with their mouth open. The sad farking part about it is it is all preventable and fixable with just a little discipline and a lifestyle change. But Nooooooooo, they want to look like shiat because double cheeseburgers are for brefkiss.

Harpoon their asses and sell off their blubber.
 
2012-09-26 09:48:21 AM

006deluxe: Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


That's actually one way to stay thin. If you're tired of it, then you'll only eat it when you're hungry.
 
2012-09-26 09:50:42 AM

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


Dried fruit? It's expensive though. Personally I love yogurt, though you wouldn't be able to leave that at your desk of course. Granola bars? Not the kind with chocolate and junk in them, just regular granola with just dried raisins in it or something.
 
2012-09-26 09:56:54 AM

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


Any kind of fruit/vegetable will do, pretty much. Bananas, apples, dried fruits (be careful though, lots of those get coated in sugar), pears, peaches, etc. You can buy over the weekend and bring in, and your desk will provide a cool, dark environment for anything that needs it.

I'll caution, though - the more variety you have available, the more quickly you'll grow tired of the stuff you do have. When you limit your options, you actually end up enjoying them more and longer.
 
2012-09-26 09:57:36 AM

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


I keep celery & hummus in the fridge at work. If you don't have access to a fridge, miso soup is great (just watch the sodium). If you are stuck at your desk and don't have access to anything, then almonds are good or peanut butter w/multi-grain crackers.
 
2012-09-26 10:01:01 AM
Thanks for the suggestions all!!
 
2012-09-26 10:01:26 AM
It doesn't really help when parents don't instill proper nutritional knowledge into their children from an early age, either. I remember my folks telling me about what vitamins were in what fruits and veggies when I was just a little kid, different kinds of fats and why too many carbs is a bad thing, etc. A sense of balance about what you're eating goes a long way.

Oh, and can't afford decent food for your kids? Get off your high horse and apply for some SNAP benefits. The health of your children should outweigh your inflated sense of pride. Not to mention that it's a bit more money stimulating the economy.
 
2012-09-26 10:03:06 AM

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


I'm currently on Weight Watchers, so I'm all about the healthy stuff to keep at my desk. The Fiber One brownies are really great and they're only 2 points for me (90 calories each). They make a chocolate peanut butter one that is just awesome!

If you want, I can email some snack suggestions when I get home from work this evening (I can look through the WW website).

Also, *high five* for being in West Chester. I went to WCU and I miss that town a lot!
 
2012-09-26 10:09:28 AM

phillyguy1547: I wish someone would do a study to see if there's correlation between parents who monitor/limit their kids TV and video game time and fat kids.

Being sedentary is more of a problem than food intake. If you let your kid sit down in front of a TV or a video game for 5 hours a day they will get fat. If you make them run around and play and be active, I think they are less likely to be fat.

It ain't rocket surgery!


I disagree. It's much more about how much food you eat. It's really easy to eat 5000 calories in a day, but its really difficult to burn 5000 calories a day. Yes, physical activity plays a role (especially when you consider overall health and fitness), but being not-fat is probably 80% what you eat.
 
2012-09-26 10:11:45 AM

Zeno-25: It doesn't really help when parents don't instill proper nutritional knowledge into their children


All that really did in my family is program us to be afraid of nutritious food. The message that junk food tastes good and healthy food tastes like crap is ubiquitous and overwhelming in society. My mother saying "it's good for you" got us to hate all kinds of foods before we'd even tried them.
 
2012-09-26 10:13:27 AM
Your kids are fat because of you and the example you set.

Also add in processed food, large portions and lazy parents.

/parent.
//kid not fat
///cooks everyday because it is time well spent
 
2012-09-26 10:15:27 AM

stonelotus: Oh wait...

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Damn, I'm gonna need more lotion.....
 
2012-09-26 10:19:02 AM

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


I like to munch on dried apricots (5 or so) and mixed nuts. I'm also a big fan of banana and peanut butter. Just don't overdo it on the peanut butter. Look at the calorie count. Mango is messy but amazing. If you drink sugared colas or diet colas, try seltzer instead.
 
2012-09-26 10:19:41 AM
Oh and liquid calories
 
2012-09-26 10:20:20 AM
Because modern mothers think that it is beneath them to cook food for their children to eat.

/Dads should cook too
//but they're usually not the ones who screamed and pushed to have a baby in the first place
 
2012-09-26 10:22:17 AM

jimb213: I disagree. It's much more about how much food you eat. It's really easy to eat 5000 calories in a day, but its really difficult to burn 5000 calories a day. Yes, physical activity plays a role (especially when you consider overall health and fitness), but being not-fat is probably 80% what you eat.


I dunno. 5000 calories is about seven double quarter pounders with cheeseLink. That's a lot 'o eatin.

/I agree with you about not eating like an elephant though.
 
2012-09-26 10:23:17 AM
brap jr. is very sensitive about his body so we've taken to call him morbidly jolly so as not to hurt his blubbery feelings.
 
It's fun to watch him sob into his Dunkin Donut holes and slurp down buckets of  Hi-C Grapesplosion at dinner while wifey and I enjoy a nicoise salad and roll our eyes.  God bless that bag of goo, he's our not so little dickens!  It almost pains me to haveto send him away to fat camp for 11.5 months out of the year.
 
2012-09-26 10:23:37 AM
It`s simple, the hole in your head that you call a mouth is larger than the hole in your ass that you call, well, your ass.

You can fit more in the first hole than you can get out of the second hole.

You have to stop putting as much stuff in the first hole to get less fat.

Can I say this any simpler?
 
2012-09-26 10:24:03 AM

MoeSzyslak: BigBooper: MoeSzyslak: one small post for man: Because they are terrible parents.

This, nothing more whether they like it or not. If your kid is fat it is your fault. Deal with it.

Having a kid is a huge responsibility. If your not prepared to give up pretty much everything you enjoy to have a baby, then don't have kids.
And parents, we have to stop pushing our choice on our childless friends. Just the opposite, let them know the truth. Having a baby consumes your life; your time, your money, your sleep, and sometimes your sanity. Lets not push our choice on our friends.

I concur. This guy is right. Unless you're there, you don't know. And again IF YOUR KIDS ARE FAT IT IS YOUR FAULT. My kid shouldn't have less choices because you suck at feeding your kid. My kid will eat whatever I allow and your bad decisions shouldn't have nothing to do with it. "PB&J all day I don't care what yous say".  Look down at me all you want. At least my kids aren't fat.


Plus, PB&J on toasted multi-grain sugarless whole wheat is awesome.

/I never like it as a kid, oddly enough
 
2012-09-26 10:25:19 AM
You have a fat kid & you don't know WHO TO BLAME? Stop taking your precious fat snowflake to McDonald's & start making home cooked healthy meals.
 
2012-09-26 10:31:25 AM

jimb213: It's really easy to eat 5000 calories in a day, but its really difficult to burn 5000 calories a day.


It's about satiety. You think it's easy? Try consuming 5000 calories' worth of butter, and only butter, in one day.

A 20oz bottle of Coke has 275 calories in the form of 75g of sugar. The calories aren't a HUGE amount, but it sates you about as well as water. You can easily eat your 1500-2500 calories in the form of meals and tack on the sugar like it's nothing. Your body evolved to store extra calories, so the tacked-on calories result in tacked-on fat.

One cup of heavy whipping cream has about 800 fat calories (IIRC), but it shuts off your hunger like lightning tripping a breaker. In fact the effect is so extreme that. . . well, I've tried it once (stupid college stunt), and it was awful. It sat in my stomach like a lump of lead the entire day. Not that I'd recommend to anyone, but I can't imagine gaining weight consuming only 800 calories a day.
 
2012-09-26 10:35:56 AM
I've always found this kind of interesting. For those who are interested in it, read "Mindless Eating". It's a quick book to read, but fascinating (to me anyways).

Kids get cues about what to eat from their parents. If their parents have bad habits, the kids pick it up, from facial expressions, choices in foods, and what is readily available on tables and counters. That's why if the parent is overweight, the kids will most likely be, as well.

On top of that, the cheapness of carbohydrate loaded food and fatty foods compared to fresh produce and the like is also a culprit. I have a sibling that has a family on government assistance, and you can't buy produce without sacrificing in other areas as far as amounts that will see your family through for a longer period of time. So I can also understand that. I wonder what the percentage of obesity in people at poverty level or just above vs those above/into wealthier incomes is... that might be kinda interesting to know.
 
2012-09-26 10:39:05 AM
Really? Why do parents, raised in an age of self entitlement and the first true fast food generation that lack self-control and discipline, reproduce and teach their kids the same set of "values"? Really?
 
2012-09-26 10:41:10 AM

fireclown: jimb213: I disagree. It's much more about how much food you eat. It's really easy to eat 5000 calories in a day, but its really difficult to burn 5000 calories a day. Yes, physical activity plays a role (especially when you consider overall health and fitness), but being not-fat is probably 80% what you eat.

I dunno. 5000 calories is about seven double quarter pounders with cheeseLink. That's a lot 'o eatin.

/I agree with you about not eating like an elephant though.


Yeah, I just pulled some large number out of my butt. But when you add 500 or 1000 calories of soda per day, and maybe a nice piece of cheesecake after dinner, and a bunch of chips between meals, maybe a milkshake at lunch, large fries with each meal... it's really easy to get waaaay too many calories. And to burn a serious amount of calories through exercise, you pretty much have to be an elite athlete and train for hours. 30 minutes or an hour on a treadmill (a fairly typical "trying to lose weight" exercise) will burn the equivalent of a coke or two. To lose weight, it's much more effective to not put those excess calories in your body in the first place. Then use exercise as a tool to improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall fitness.
 
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