Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New York was pleasant, but I'm glad to be back in Dallas

Fulfilled an obligation and read a lot. Spent a lot of time on layovers, waiting on delays for closed runways, lightning storms, etc.

New Yorkers that I met were friendly and polite. Not at all as the stereotype goes. Had drivers from three foreign countries: Brazil, Ecuador and the Bronx.

I did a lot of reflecting. But right now I'm glad to be home, so very glad to be with my family, to sleep in my own bed.

I wish you all the same.

BTW, quoting from the SLD boards, the real source of obesity in the United States:

TV makes you fat.

Studies have shown that TV viewing is directly associated with obesity and weight gain likely because of less physical activity and higher intake of calories. Also, the participants in the study who watched more TV also tended to eat more red meat, processed meat, snacks and sweets, and fewer fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This eating pattern, the authors state, which is directly related to advertisements and food cues appearing on TV, may adversely affect diabetes risk.

How much TV children watch accurately predicts whether they will go on to become overweight, a study suggests.

Here is a link to the video of the show I was on in New York (it is very short)
-- it was nice to meet Seth and I've thought a lot.

And some comments on the show: comments (e.g. the publication the doctor cited is a student journal, some other things I did not know).

As for diets, how well do they really work: Alas, a blog, the truth ... (the number of successes looks more like 60% of 2.8%)

But what about the most successful group of dieters - those who managed to obey the seven separate diet restrictions this study called for, for all three years? (That’s a grand total of 198 dieters out of the initial group of 6,857, or 2.8%). Of this tiny, select group, 40% failed to meet this study’s extremely forgiving standard of “successful weight loss.”


adamf said...

Just caught the clip from this morning online. Nice work! The "medical professionals" came off as a little proud, but then again, I suppose that's what they were there for.

Stephen said...

The doctor was quite jovial about it afterward. The dietitian / personal trainer was thinner than many anorexics I've met, and seemed almost compulsive about how she talked about food, though she was polite.

If they had only been really rude, it would have been easy to ask him why he was forty pounds overweight if he was right.

As it was, the lady had to admit that diets fail. She knows the numbers. Neither wanted to talk about the fact that my results are not isolated.

I've replicated them with other people and none of us are fighting food, exercising much (I'd like to, but the way time goes I end up with forty minutes of weight lifting a week) and many have long term weight loss.

Which was the real point. Lots of diets produce temporary losses, especially at first. But my mom, for example, is a lot thinner years later, I am, Seth is, etc.

If we had had a longer segment, well, I'd have done better than just hold my own -- in a polite way. Since I would be trying to persuade rather than "win."