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2013-11-29 01:47:43 AM
I knew it wasnt my fault.  Thanks Subby.
 
2013-11-29 12:58:35 PM
BS.
 
2013-11-29 01:46:01 PM
Everyone I know who has lots of fat likes cold temperatures. I could happily sit next to a warm radiator on a hot day, I love it hot, and i'm thin.

This one anecdote of pure substantiated hard scientific factual data disproves the article. Good day sir.
 
2013-11-29 02:26:01 PM
Read this last year, has some pseudoscience in it, but if you're fat, you're consuming too much anyway.  Burn more or consume less.
 
2013-11-29 02:44:50 PM
My apt. is about 80 degrees.  I'm not fat.  What do you have next for me?
 
2013-11-29 02:46:19 PM
I've heard the exact opposite, that it was a/c making us all fat.

Whatever. Be comfy and if you want to lose weight, modify your habits not your temp.
 
2013-11-29 02:48:01 PM
I'm fat because I'm lazy.  I probably like to be warm because I was born in the tropics.  Some sort of a Brave New World-like conditioning...
 
2013-11-29 02:49:54 PM
the only reason i may lose weight in a colder house is because I am stuck wrapped up in blankets shivering my ass off and reluctant to get up and actually make food because the pain of being hungry seems like it is less stressful than the pain of freezing my ass off even more.
 
2013-11-29 02:51:02 PM
I'm fat because I'm on my third helping of leftovers today.  My house is cold as shiat.  Although I do have a sweater on and a dog sitting on each foot, so ... maybe.
 
2013-11-29 02:52:42 PM

Lady Indica: I've heard the exact opposite, that it was a/c making us all fat.

Whatever. Be comfy and if you want to lose weight, modify your habits not your temp.


I would think that's more accurate. If you're active, you burn more in warm because you're working harder to keep cool. When it's cold, you work to get warm and stay warm. I guess, at home, if you deliberately sat in cold with no blankets, you might work harder to stay warm, but generally, even a crappy blanket is going to trap some heat, so you work to get warm and you should stay there relatively well with some insulation
 
2013-11-29 02:52:50 PM
I keep the house thermostat set at 66 degrees in winter.
Probably should be 64 or 62, but I had an efficient new furnace installed a few years ago -- replacing the 50-year-old beast that the house originally had -- and am happy to put it to use.

Not coincidentally, I could stand to weigh 10 lbs less.
 
2013-11-29 02:53:18 PM
that would explain why everyone in Africa is so fat.
 
2013-11-29 02:53:35 PM
No it's cold drinks that makes  people fat .
 
GBB
2013-11-29 02:54:13 PM
Great!  Now "Brown Fat" will be the newest diet craze.
 
2013-11-29 02:54:29 PM
I love all the medical professionals here declaring bullshiat like they would know the difference.


/lets see that medical degree, armchair experts
 
2013-11-29 02:54:44 PM
Wrong. Wrongity wrongity wrong. Cold weather signals "hoard calories". Hence the air conditioning arugment might have merit, but not the heat.
 
GBB
2013-11-29 02:55:05 PM

GBB: Great!  Now "Brown Fat" will be the newest diet craze.


Followed closely by a new workout craze: shivering.
 
2013-11-29 02:55:46 PM
No, science makes people fat.

IT'S SCIENCE.
 
2013-11-29 02:56:50 PM
You're fat because you burn fewer calories you eat.
 
2013-11-29 02:58:24 PM
Counterpoint: Fat people spend more time in front of an open fridge door.
 
2013-11-29 02:58:24 PM
I'll chime in:

Warm and toasty by my fire place. 6'1...178lbs.
 
2013-11-29 03:00:01 PM

megarian: No, science makes people fat.

IT'S SCIENCE.


After reading your post, I gained 5lbs.  THANKS.
 
2013-11-29 03:00:04 PM
Fat = too much food+not enough exercise


That's all there is to it.
 
2013-11-29 03:01:05 PM
So it has nothing to do with my "Supersize Me" diet of Big Macs, stuffed-crust pizza, hot dogs (both ON and OFF of sticks), Krispy Kremes, and Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mochas? Good to know. BRB...I'm going to turn down the thermostat a few degrees so I can squeeze in another KFC Mighty Bowl.
 
2013-11-29 03:03:32 PM

real_headhoncho: Fat = too much food+not enough exercise


That's all there is to it.


Substitute food with whiskey and rum and you're onto something there
 
2013-11-29 03:03:41 PM
All I know is that since I moved to Phoenix 5 years ago, I've gained 20 pounds.

My hometown frequently sees overnight temperatures in the teens this time of year and I would open my bedroom windows even when the temperature outside was in the 20's. There were times when my bedroom would be around 50 or lower at night. I loved it.

I would just pile on the blankets and hibernate at night. I know I would burn lots of energy staying warm. Now I don't have that. Yeah, it's been down into the 40's here at night, but the bedroom doesn't get much under 65 with the windows open. Plus now I have a wife and she hates it being cold.

On the plus side I haven't had to turn the heat on in the house yet.

I can't wait to move out of this hell hole.
 
2013-11-29 03:06:15 PM
The only reason your home is too warm, is because you're fat.

Subby had it backwards.
 
2013-11-29 03:09:34 PM
Oh come on No Adipose?

You are all slipping

/leaves thread unhappy and fat.
 
2013-11-29 03:11:30 PM
I think that looking at environmental causes of weight gain is important.  Whether it's warm = fat or cold = fat or neither, the idea that something like the temperature around you can impact your body is one that a lot of people consider.

Fark's filled with "weight gain = calories in minus calories out AND THAT'S IT" people who rant about thermodynamics laws.  It's silly.
 
2013-11-29 03:12:02 PM

blatz514: megarian: No, science makes people fat.

IT'S SCIENCE.

After reading your post, I gained 5lbs.  THANKS.


TURN YOUR HEAT OFF, LARDO!
 
2013-11-29 03:12:04 PM
After yesterday, I'm feeling super fat today lemme tell you.

/turkey coma
 
2013-11-29 03:14:17 PM

RottenEggs: No it's cold drinks that makes  people fat .


NO it's Obamas (THANKS FARTBONGO), Afordable Care Act, The Internet, Al Gore's Global Warming, George Bush (for no reason at all), Billy Mayes, Oprah, The Military Industrial Complex, Congress, The Pharmaceutical Companies, Rising Ocean Levels, The Mayan Apocalypse, The Trilateral Commission/Illuminati/New World Order.

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2013-11-29 03:14:48 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: So it has nothing to do with my "Supersize Me" diet of Big Macs, stuffed-crust pizza, hot dogs (both ON and OFF of sticks), Krispy Kremes, and Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mochas? Good to know. BRB...I'm going to turn down the thermostat a few degrees so I can squeeze in another KFC Mighty Bowl.


As you sort of stare off into the middle distance?
 
2013-11-29 03:15:38 PM
Well, if you are having a BBQ 24/7, guess that is prone to get warmer...

/Trying to lose weight.
//Not doing bad so far.
 
2013-11-29 03:16:46 PM

BigLuca: I'm fat because I'm on my third helping of leftovers today.  My house is cold as shiat.  Although I do have a sweater on and a dog sitting on each foot, so ... maybe.


I don't know about about your weight, but if you're looking for an answer to why your feet smell like shiat, I may be able to help you out.
 
2013-11-29 03:19:42 PM

megarian: No, science makes people fat.

IT'S SCIENCE.


i1188.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-29 03:20:19 PM
So if I'm not shivering like a dog shiatting peach seeds I'm doing it wrong?
 
2013-11-29 03:20:29 PM
People keep their houses and workplaces way to hot anyway, I end up sweating my ass off all winter because I (get this) dress for the weather.

I keep my thermostat and 65 degrees thank you very much, I keep on getting into bizarre circular arguments with people over it, just because someone decided that 75 "should be" room temp doesn't mean you have to adhere to it like a religious doctrine.
 
2013-11-29 03:20:49 PM

kbronsito: that would explain why everyone in Africa is so fat.


and also, why no Eskimos are.
 
2013-11-29 03:22:47 PM
And here I believed that is was due to the wives and girlfriends being frigid and having to drown sorrows in food....(and of course, men being jerks for women)
 
2013-11-29 03:22:57 PM

shortymac: People keep their houses and workplaces way to hot anyway, I end up sweating my ass off all winter because I (get this) dress for the weather.

I keep my thermostat and 65 degrees thank you very much, I keep on getting into bizarre circular arguments with people over it, just because someone decided that 75 "should be" room temp doesn't mean you have to adhere to it like a religious doctrine.


75? Who thinks 75 should be room temp? 90 is nice enough. 65 is the temperature of my fridge you maniac!!
 
2013-11-29 03:23:08 PM
It makes perfect sense if you don't think too hard about it....
 
2013-11-29 03:23:18 PM

big pig peaches: BigLuca: I'm fat because I'm on my third helping of leftovers today.  My house is cold as shiat.  Although I do have a sweater on and a dog sitting on each foot, so ... maybe.

I don't know about about your weight, but if you're looking for an answer to why your feet smell like shiat, I may be able to help you out.


I think he said SITting.
 
2013-11-29 03:24:39 PM

megarian: blatz514: megarian: No, science makes people fat.

IT'S SCIENCE.

After reading your post, I gained 5lbs.  THANKS.

TURN YOUR HEAT OFF, LARDO!


*Spits leftover turkey on computer screen*

HEY!

/waddles away crying
 
2013-11-29 03:24:55 PM

skyotter: kbronsito: that would explain why everyone in Africa is so fat.

and also, why no Eskimos are.


i478.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-29 03:24:56 PM
They should have thrown the word "consensus", you can't argue with those.
 
2013-11-29 03:27:03 PM
Every bit helps.

Consider the math:  a gram of fat is about 9 Calories whether you are eating it or wearing it.

10 grams of fat a day (about one third of an ounce) adds up to 3,650 grams a year not counting leap years. 36.5 kilograms a decade.

That's a lot of fat!

If you start packing on the weight at 20, while a college student or a young man in your Mother's basement, you can easily be 36.5 kilograms overweight by 30 whether the problem is lack of exercise (how much exercise does it take to burn off 9 Calories? or too much food (100 Calories is two Oreo Cookies, not the Triple Cream ones, either, just the tiny regular old cookies) or failure to thermo-regulate correctly (how many Calories can you burn shivering?)

Answer to that last question: Shivering can burn up to 220 Calories an hour.

How long to burn 9 Calories? At 3.7 Calores per minute, about 2-3 minutes. Heck, you could burn that many Calories going out to the mail box or hanging out a couple of sheets on the line.

In short, I don't think this theory is bumpf. True, diet and exercise are the old standbys, but it is really, really hard to permanently reduce your caloric intake or increase the output. This requires a strategy and life time changes to your tastes and habits. Your body tends to react against changes in food intake. Eating less can simply make your body more economical, reducing the weight loss or actually causing weight gain. Eating less with exercise is hard to do because you are under attack from the purveyors of tasty junk food everywhere at all times. Just mentioning tasty food can make you "hungry". Oreo cookies. Two, 50 calories each. Ha! ha! Some of you are now pwned, pwned like whales.

In short, we have done everything wrong over the last century and we can expect to have a really hard time of fixing the problem unless we think and act on all levels from the individual to the global scale.

Governments and corporations, religion and science have all made things worse. They have colluded to over-feed us, under-exercise us and coddle us with technology and comforts and prosperity.

All of these things make us fatter. I have a book entitled 115 Reasons Why it is Not Your Fault You are Fat (Kindle). Not only are there 115 reasons you are fat, but it really isn't completely your fat. If it were an individual problem it would affect indivuduals, not the whole fricking population of the Earth including more and more people in poor countries where a couple of billion people don't get enough to eat and work themselves to death for what they do get.
 
2013-11-29 03:27:22 PM
Quit worrying about the thermostat and go outside for a jog, idiot.
 
2013-11-29 03:30:30 PM
Treehuggers are funny...
 
2013-11-29 03:31:01 PM
Most adults have no brown fat. White fat is what we store, and can't get rid of.
 
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