Lose some weight, PLEASE!  

smirkingdevil 48M
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8/23/2006 12:49 pm

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Lose some weight, PLEASE!


Back in the USSR...well, at least I'm back in Russia. The US still rocks, but I noticed a very disturbing thing:

OMG, how FAT is the US becoming?! Some women like to call themsleves "BBW" and men are considered "husky", but the sad truth is that peoples' weights in the US are out of control. I saw more 300+ pound people in ONE airport than I have seen the whole time I've been in Russia/Europe. In Dallas' DFW airport, I constantly had to get out of the way of those transport carts hauling old or disabled people to and from gates. When did the US population stop walking to their departure gates? How the hell are these people going to escape an airplane in an emergency? Worse, how am I supposed to get around these people in the same situation?

Is what I just wrote above "insensitive"? Maybe, but it doesn't stop the fact that the US is getting fat.

Good things:

It was nice to listen to sports radio again. I miss US radio. I also loved driving again! If you get a chance, rent a Ford Mustang convertable. But, don't just rent the convertable. PUT THE TOP DOWN! Total blast. One date commented that she liked when other people stopped what they were doing to take notice. Materialistic? Oh yeah, but still lots of fun.

Shopping in the US is still as fun as any place else I know in the world. I had half a day to do all my shopping before returning and I got it all done just because "stuff" was available everywhere. How cool to walk into a music store and exit with REAL CD's from the actual artists. The prices sucked, but at least I got all the music I wanted.

Time for bed, which I am not ready for, since I took a nap earlier and screwed myself in getting over my jetlag. Oh well, maybe I'll go workout so I don't become one of the fat people when I return to the US.



2daycowboywanted 45F

8/23/2006 1:53 pm

Narrow minded - a tad bit huh?

Until later
2daycowboywanted


CB_2 51F

8/23/2006 2:03 pm

Well, smirkingdevil, there are plenty of people who are going to slag you off for saying that, but I won't be one of them. Until each of the western nations (ESPECIALLY the USA) wakes up to the fact that they have a growing obesity problem, we're going to see a hell of a lot more of it.

It's about walking more and generally eating less, not diets and fad reigmes.

A current child's portion in a fast food outlet is supposed to be approximately equivalent to an adult's portion back in the 50s. And as for those obscene drinks buckets... I mean, what the fuck is that all about????

I'm often in France, and places like McDonald's were nothing like so prevalent here until about 8 years ago (apparently the deal was they could open up here as long as they agreed to serve beer and wine. I believe France is the only country in the world where alcohol is served at McDonald's - but don't quote me on that).

And about 5 years ago was the first time I had ever seen an obese French child. I never realised I had never seen one until I did, and thought to myself "fuck, you don't normally see that here".

And then I realised he was carrying a MacDonald's box.

No connection, of course.

Blogito ergo sum.


smirkingdevil 48M
237 posts
8/23/2006 8:45 pm

    Quoting 2daycowboywanted:
    Narrow minded - a tad bit huh?

    Until later
    2daycowboywanted
Narrow minded? Me? I'm the one living in Russia.


smirkingdevil 48M
237 posts
8/23/2006 8:57 pm

    Quoting nightlady1000:
    get out of the way of those transport carts hauling old or disabled people to and from gates........you a healthy man had to get out of the way. what a shame.I won't even post my comments about the rest.
The "disabled" people I saw in DFW on the transport carts did not look like Steven Hawkin. DFW is a huge airport. It has 4 terminal sections, each with about 30 gates. The place looked like the 101 in Los Angeles on a Friday night with all the carts running around.

Besides, last I checked, pedestrians have the right of way in the US (not Europe). Why should I have to get out of the way of some guy yelling "cart coming through", just so people who can not walk to their gates can get there in "comfort". It was annoying.


smirkingdevil 48M
237 posts
8/23/2006 9:32 pm

    Quoting CB_2:
    Well, smirkingdevil, there are plenty of people who are going to slag you off for saying that, but I won't be one of them. Until each of the western nations (ESPECIALLY the USA) wakes up to the fact that they have a growing obesity problem, we're going to see a hell of a lot more of it.

    It's about walking more and generally eating less, not diets and fad reigmes.

    A current child's portion in a fast food outlet is supposed to be approximately equivalent to an adult's portion back in the 50s. And as for those obscene drinks buckets... I mean, what the fuck is that all about????

    I'm often in France, and places like McDonald's were nothing like so prevalent here until about 8 years ago (apparently the deal was they could open up here as long as they agreed to serve beer and wine. I believe France is the only country in the world where alcohol is served at McDonald's - but don't quote me on that).

    And about 5 years ago was the first time I had ever seen an obese French child. I never realised I had never seen one until I did, and thought to myself "fuck, you don't normally see that here".

    And then I realised he was carrying a MacDonald's box.

    No connection, of course.
I can't knock McDonalds. I ate at a Moscow McDonalds (the one near Pushkin metro station) everyday for 30 days when I first moved to Russia. Result? I dropped 10 pounds. Why? I had to walk 30 minutes to get to it from my hotel, then 30 minutes to get back.

I really dislike when people put down the US. I grew up with an immigrant Dad who rarely said anything good about US foreign policies around the world, and especially in the Middle East (he's Iranian). The back of my hair gets raised when I hear ANY critism about the US. What I couldn't ignore this last trip back to the US was how big a people we have become. I remember dismissing when "experts" warned about how obese people were becoming in the US.

While listening to my beloved sports radio in Los Angeles, I was presented with final proof that the US has gotten too fat. Aparrently, a new study shows that there are more obese people in the world than those starving. That can't bode well for all those "feed a child for pennies a day" charities.


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