Posts Tagged ‘Body mass index’

Did ‘Biggest Loser’ champ shed too much weight?

Did 'Biggest Loser' champ shed too much weight?

Did ‘Biggest Loser’ champ shed too much weight?

Please, make it stop.  The show awards a quarter million dollars to the person who loses the largest percentage of their weight.   Period.  There are no constraints on that.  Period.

Her ending weight of 105 pounds is at the bottom of the healthy weight BMI for someone 5′ 3″.  Which happens to be Jillian’s height and she’s taller than Jillian (thank you, Google.  I can’t validate that, you are free to compare and see how they look on TV).

Should there be constraints on that to insure that anyone who gets to thee bottom of their healthy body mass index automatically wins?     I’ support some way of declaring that someone must stop when they reach a particular preset weight, and automatically gets at least a share of the total winnings, but that would make it less of a down-to-the-wire game … and apparently she lost a lot of weight the last week of the contest.

For a cool quarter million, perhaps she work-work-worked and starve-starve-starved the last week.

She looks very thin in the extremities.  She looks like she needs a cheeseburger. And honestly her begining photo looks like she may have tanked up tremendously for her initial weigh-in.   But that’s the way the game is played out on the show.

My main issue with the show is that it leads people to think losing a couple pounds a week for a year is way too slow to lose 100 pounds or so.  Which is too bad, really. Because that’s where most of us are or have been.

Not going to draw conclusions or make specific comments here other than — this is what you get when you reward only on a basis of weight lost over a short period of time.

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How your company is watching your waistline | Reuters

Employers are getting much more aggressive about punishing workers who are overweight or have high cholesterol. A study released on Wednesday by the Obesity Action Coalition, an advocacy group, covered workers at more than 5,000 companies who must participate in their employer wellness programs to receive full health benefits. Sixty-seven percent also had to meet a weight-related health goal such as a certain body mass index.

Almost 60 percent of these workers received no coverage that paid for fitness training, dietitian counseling, obesity drugs or bariatric surgery to help achieve a body mass index under 25, which is considered healthy.

via How your company is watching your waistline | Reuters.

Look, obese people cost a lot more over their lifetimes.  We knew this was coming when smokers started having to pay more because they cost more.  Now it’s turning toward costing you to remain large.  Looks like it will cost a LOT.

Long time readers of this blog will remember our predictions this was coming.

It’s here.

You’ll have to get into a weight control program and show good progress or … pay.

Help! I’m on a diet and I’m STARVING all the time!

Let’s assume for the purposes of the question being asked, that you’re eating more than 1300 calories a day for a lady and 1600 calories for a guy — plus about 200 calories if you have more than 100 pounds to lose.


Here’s an odd thing. You will eventually get used to eating less than you used to eat.

When we were going through my grandma’s things we found her good china, 125 years old, and thought someone had STOLEN her big dinner plates. Come to find out when we looked it up online, people did not used to eat so much and the plates we thought were large salad plates were the dinner plates!

Part of our problem has been ever expanding intake. Did you know the reason a small Starbucks coffee is a Tall is that they used to have only the Short and the Tall, and the Tall was the BIG size? Also the size McDonald’s fries that used to until recently be in the kid’s meal were actually the Regular adult size a generation ago? Coke used to come in cool little 6 oz bottles and now it’s in 64 ounce Big Gulps. We eat too much!

Over a period of time it will feel like your stomach is shrinking, almost like having gastric bypass surgery — you’ll feel too full when you eat more than what NS gives you in a day. Wait for it, it is worthwhile! Just an aside, if you overeat in a big way, the feeling of being really hungry comes back quickly. Got to eat consistently just enough to fuel your body without being enough to get stored away as fat, which is your body’s way of preparing for the next famine (which never comes!).

What’s the fastest way to lose weight?

Have a couple weeks to lose several pounds?  Or several months to make a really deep cut? Here’s a sane solution.


  1. Set a goal.  Look up the number of calories it takes to sustain the weight you WANT to be.  First , Google up a Body Mass Index calculator and see what you would weight if you were right in the middle of Normal.  Now Google up a Basal Metabolic rate calculator and see how many calories you need to eat to stay at that weight.   Add 10% if you’re mildly active, all the way up to 40% if your all-day job is extremely physically difficult.  There’s your daily caloric intake.    Stay above 1500 calories (women) to 1800 calories (men) per day unless you’re seeing a doctor quite regularly for weight loss assistance.  Whatever you do, have your doctor approve what you’re doing.
  2. Count calories.  Stop when you’re done for the day.
  3. Eat specifically.  Protein, vegetables, and if you’re doing well with the weight loss, fruit.  If you do this step really well, you can pretty much dispense with #2, calorie counting.  If you dip into other foods often, you’ll have to count calories, no exceptions.
  4. Move your butt.  Whenever you can.  It’s hard to eat while you’re out walking the dog.  30 minutes a day of intentional exercise, and whatever other kinds of movement you can produce the rest of the day.  Movement produces optimism.  Being outdoors produces optimism.  Moving, especially outdoors, is an actual anti-depressant.
  5. Hang out with people who look like you want to.  Not exclusively, of course, but enough to know what they are doing.
  6. Track.  What gets measured, gets done.

How long to continue?  Till you get where you’re going, and then since you’re eating just enough to sustain that (refer to #1), just continue that right on out.

A breath test might show it’s not your fault you’re fat?

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat s...

The team tested 792 volunteers, dividing them into four groups – those with “normal” levels of gases in their breath, those who had more methane than average, those who breathed out more hydrogen than average and those who produced extra amounts of both methane and hydrogen.Those in the last group, exuding the highest concentrations of both hydrogen and methane, also had higher body mass indexes or BMI, the standard measure of height to weight that doctors use to determine obesity. They also had more body fat than the others.

via A breath test might show it’s not your fault you’re fat – The Body Odd.

We really hate to burst their cute little not-my-fault bubble on this.  Really, really do.

But it’s just hanging there waiting for somebody to do it.

They didn’t check to see if the obese people were eating more than the thin people.

Blink. Blink blink. Really?

Yup.  The largest single predictor of body weight.  The amount that goes in the pie hole is the single best predictor of what you weigh, and it was overlooked.  Maybe, just maybe, people who eat more, weigh more.  Come back with another study, controlled for dietary intake and amount of physical activity, and then see if it still holds true that gassy people still weigh more, even though they don’t eat more.  Because until then, all you’ve proven is that people who eat a lot, might be gassy, and we know that already.

Vitamin D Loss Attributed to Obesity

“The findings suggest that a higher BMI leads to lower levels of vitamin D circulating in the body, while a lack of vitamin D has only a small effect on BMI …Previous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency with obesity, but it wasn’t clear whether a lack of vitamin D triggered weight gain or whether obesity led to vitamin D deficiency, the study authors noted”

via Vitamin D Loss Attributed to Obesity – Health – MSN Healthy Living.

That’s quite a mouthful of a quote, so let’s break it down.  It’s already established that obese people are more likely to be vitamin D deficient, and vitamin D is essential for bone development.  Also it’s widely observed that obese people tend to have skeletal issues usually attributed to hauling your heavy weight around on a skeleton meant for a much lower weight.  But now there may be more to it.  Vitamin D transport through the body appears to be negatively affected by being fat, to the point of being a true issue for large people.

One more reason to lose the fat.

Extra pounds may put you in the hospital, study finds


Regardless of lifestyle and other health-related factors, heavier people were more likely than lean ones to be hospitalized for a variety of conditions, according to an Australian study.

What’s more, this was the case not just for obese people but also for those who were merely overweight as well, the researchers wrote in the International Journal of Obesity.

Among middle-aged adults, researchers found that every extra body mass index (BMI) point – equal to about 2.7 to 3.2 kilograms (six or seven lbs) – was tied to a four percent higher chance of being admitted to the hospital over a two-year period.

“There is considerable evidence that severe obesity is bad for your health, resulting in higher rates of disease and consequently higher use of health services and higher death rates,” said lead author Rosemary Korda, from the Australian National University in Canberra.

“What this study shows is that there is a gradual increase in risk of hospitalization as BMI increases, starting with people in the overweight range. In other words, even being overweight (but not obese) increases your risk.”

via Extra pounds may put you in the hospital, study finds – Vitals.

Here’s one more reason to get all the way down to a normal weight.