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(Some Guy)   Richard Simmons trying to shame U.S. into funding weight loss   ( divider line
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2569 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Jan 2002 at 10:32 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-11 10:35:22 AM  
Does anyone care what this stupid looking freak has to say?
2002-01-11 10:36:02 AM  
Not really.
2002-01-11 10:37:00 AM  
But Americans clearly have no shame...
2002-01-11 10:39:02 AM  
here's a weight loss idea:

Put the f'n cake down you fat bastards
2002-01-11 10:41:21 AM  
*blinks* someone beat me to posting all the ncbuy news of the weird articles
AND the good ones got posted!
2002-01-11 10:42:22 AM  
Goatman, Richard Simmons is about as good a representative for America as "The Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin is for England.
2002-01-11 10:45:34 AM  
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2002-01-11 10:46:55 AM  
God help me, my job is translating Richard Simmons' Slim Cooking into Japanese.
2002-01-11 10:47:53 AM  
Adambomb: Stever Irwin's Australian, and I wasn't talking about Richard Simmons.
2002-01-11 10:51:59 AM  
the really amazing thing is that he's a billionaire.
2002-01-11 10:52:03 AM  
Where's the nut shot of ol' Dick Simmons? Anyone?

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2002-01-11 10:53:30 AM  
Goatman:Stever Irwin's Australian...

2002-01-11 11:03:34 AM  
Goatman is an anti-america troll. Ignore him.
2002-01-11 11:08:23 AM it's the gov'ts responsibility to get your fat ass trimmed down...
2002-01-11 11:08:37 AM  
Sorry, I just don't see where the gov't should shell out bucks for another useless project.
2002-01-11 11:14:37 AM  
Actually I was explaining today to someone who wrote me an interesting note of support how I am not anti-American. I think much of the culture and attitudes leave much to be desired, but I don't hold it against each individual I meet unless they prove worthy.

I do, however, find the blind patrotic flag waving attitudes held by some fascinating.
2002-01-11 11:14:56 AM  
someone needs to do something, seeing as how America has the highest population of obese people on the planet.

At least hes trying.
2002-01-11 11:23:08 AM  
Why was this marked asinine? I realize Richard Simmons is some kind of farked up alien, but he's got a point.

Anyone remember the old cliche "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?

It has a special meaning in this article.
2002-01-11 11:27:51 AM  
Why is this asinine? I wish there were less of you farking porkers...

You sweat too damn much.
2002-01-11 11:30:21 AM  
adambomb: the crocodile hunter wouldn't be much of a representative for england as he's from australia.
2002-01-11 11:31:25 AM  
Why the hell should I pay because some weak willed fat ass can't stay away from McDonald's?
2002-01-11 11:32:46 AM  
girlygirl: advice from somebody that uses the alias 'girlygirl' on the internet should never be taken lightly.

if anybody cares that they're fat because the 'united states' ranks #1 with most fat people in the world, they should seek some sort of spiritaly help. richard simmons helps fat asses because (it seems) he cares for their health. bringing up the 'united states'' fat rank in this sort of article is not only 'farking' moronic, it's also completely 'asinine'.
2002-01-11 11:32:59 AM  
I'm a filthy ignorant American, and I like cake and ice cream and fried chicken and lots of food. But I'm not fat. Or ignorant. *sniff sniff* Maybe a little filthy though.
2002-01-11 11:37:30 AM  
Actually, I think that this is smart. Obesity is the biggest health problem in the US, ask just about anyone. Why not be (to use a Dilbert term) proactive about it and nip the problem in the bud? While I agree that the obese person is probably responsible for their obesity (and all that Libertarian jazz) that's never stopped the government from protecting people from themselves before! Look at the tobacco settlements, "attractive nuisance" laws etc, etc. I say, if the US govt. is already spending billions on helping overweight people lose weight, why not spend money funding programs that stop them from getting fat in the first place? Hell, I'd like to have my gym membership federally subsidized.

Makes sense to me.
2002-01-11 11:38:03 AM  
I am begging someone to post the "nut shot" and the extreme close up too! I need some hillarity today!
2002-01-11 11:40:39 AM  
Yo! Richard Simmons your 15 min were up ages ago!
2002-01-11 11:41:49 AM  
Brandanbragg I'm not exactly sure if i understand what your trying to say, but just to clarify, the only reason i brought up the US is because thats where Richard Simms does this kinda stuff, all i was saying is that at least he is trying to make a difference here where it is needed most because the US has the highest Obese population its not moronic or asinine its the truth.
2002-01-11 11:42:06 AM  
Ack,GirlyGirl, you replaced your pics with the boobies in it! Your face is even cuter close up, but I miss the boobies.
2002-01-11 11:45:21 AM  
i was trying to figure out how to put them both in as to keep the masses happy :)
2002-01-11 11:45:32 AM  
CaseyPie, and other who think this is a good thing:

The problem, IMHO, is not that he's trying to get people to lose weight. My problem is that he is lobbying the government into trying to help people lose weight. This will only lead to a lot of the same problems we have now. The government trying to run our lives for us, raise our kids for us, etc etc. The last thing I need is for the government to tell me that I'm too fat or too skinny and that I need to eat more/less and hand me my government endorsed diet, and tell me that I can only eat those foods listed. I doubt it will get to that extreme, but I think I made the point. Too many people are relying on the government, schools, other people, more or less everyone but themselves for not doing stuff that they should (eating better, excercising, raising their kids, etc).

If Dick here wants to lobby the government for something useful, how about lobbying the government for some kind of financial relief for the younger people of society who are trying to start out in life but can't due to the asinine prices of realty and rent. Or how about channeling the money that would go to the 'Get people slim' action over into education, or something that will affect EVERYONE, not just the people who are too lazy to get off their ass and put down the double whopper with cheese.
2002-01-11 11:47:04 AM  
Anybody that is ignorant enough to eat crap all day long deserves to get big and fat and die.

That little freak does have a point though.
Maybe schools should stop serving Hamburgers and Milk for lunch everyday, and remove the soda machines from the hallways.
The school system teaches you that you have to drink Milk and eat meat to be healthy, meanwhile the only countries that don't have osteoporosis are the countries that don't drink milk. Kids that don't drink Milk never get ear infections. The American diet is deadly.
2002-01-11 11:49:43 AM  
JMT - Exactly. I pay enough in taxes as it is (~28% of my paycheck). I've got no problem with my weight. I've got the ol' 'Desk Job Gut', but that is it. There is no reason that I should have to pay for these overweight people to lose weight when the problem doesn't affect me at all.
2002-01-11 11:50:29 AM  
Simmons' beef is that the U.S. government spends $11.3 billion to help obese folks lose weight but hardly anything to prevent people from packing on the pounds.

sounds to me like Simmons has a god point. the gov is already spending absurd amounts on trying to help ppl lose weight, and apparently its not working, maybe they should try a more preventative approach.
2002-01-11 11:51:50 AM  
$11.3 billion to help obese folks lose weight???

WTF is this? Even if $200 went toward this cause from federal grants, why should my hard earned tax dollars go towards 'assisting' some weak-willed overeater to drop a few pounds. It's a DIY endeavor. All it takes is a mirror, some pride, regular exercise and godd_amned discipline. How can Congress provide this? It's simple, they can't. Want to trim down, then put down the Funny Bones and give me some wind sprints.
2002-01-11 11:54:28 AM  
Hell, the government shouldn't be spending shiat on this. Now, if this went to AIDS or Cancer research or something similar, that's one thing. But this is going to people who are fat lazy slobs with no will power or drive. Stop the funding and give me my farking money back.
2002-01-11 11:58:49 AM  
GirlyGirl, if want to keep the masses happy, uhm, you could, uhm, well you know...
2002-01-11 11:59:44 AM  
bring back McSalad
2002-01-11 12:01:05 PM  
the U.S. should fund shaming obese people into not eating 5000 donuts.
2002-01-11 12:01:36 PM  
Maybe we should focus our energy on shaming this clown back into the closet... No offense to those of that persuasion.
2002-01-11 12:01:52 PM  
Simple way for fatsos to lose 50 pounds: cut your fuggin head off.
2002-01-11 12:04:10 PM  
Hey, Ive been having touble getting laid, lately. I wish someone would lobby the government to waste a ton of money on the administration of a program to get me laid, that wont work anyway.

Do you realize millions of people are not getting laid everyday? Had enough?
2002-01-11 12:04:58 PM  
Wow, despite Dick being a fruitcake and all, this seems like a very good idea. What he needs for this film though is an interview with a greasy-fat congressman (preferrably with a bigass cowboy hat) with his arms elbow-deep in a bucket of KFC.

2002-01-11 12:07:23 PM  
Has anyone else noticed that fat people are the last group that it's ok (according to the psyco PC attitude of the public in general) to make fun of?
2002-01-11 12:07:50 PM  

There is such a program - AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children.) Have more kids and you get more money, as a parent. I'm sure you can find a recipient for your 'donation' to the cause.

Hump away.
2002-01-11 12:08:17 PM  
Girlygirl, thanks for stating more clearly what I couldn't.

My point (and I think RSimmons') is that if the govt is spending the money anyway, why not spend it where it would do the most good?

Also, obesity is a societal problem. Like it or not, we live in a society. This means that if the government does help these people, we're all going to end up paying other ways anyway (increased insurance premiums, lack of pharmaceutical research into other areas, shortened life expectancy etc). This is also a much bigger problem than cancer or AIDS because it affects many, many more people (something like 60% of the populace). For these reasons, I don't buy the "they brought it on themselves so screw 'em" argument. If the government didn't get involved, they'd be ignoring the largest public health crisis in the country.

The funny thing is that I'm staunchly Republican.
2002-01-11 12:08:20 PM  
perhaps you should lobby the gov't into funding this service (safe for work).
2002-01-11 12:10:18 PM  
Richard Simmon's must have serious ego problems if he thinks he is the sole being that should determine that America needs all skinny people, and no overweight people. It's thinking like this that got the Nazi regime started.

Who the hell is he to determine what America needs to be like?

People can't afford gyms? Fine, then don't work out. Why should the government fund people going to the gym, when they won't fund buying me a new car every other year?

Richard Simmons is a jackass. Nuff said.
2002-01-11 12:10:54 PM  
Adambomb - There are lots of groups of folks who are still fair game. Men, blondes, Canadians, the French, etc. Persons of sizeable carriage, thanks Homer, are in good company.
2002-01-11 12:11:44 PM  
Money is always nice. But I think more than that, people need time.

I have a free gym at work. No time to use it.

Course I am not fat. Just flabby.
2002-01-11 12:14:10 PM  
Rtreynor, wow, a professional stalking service!
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