December 2010 Archives

Extreme Weight Loss In the Military

I stumbled upon this link on CNN's website and was quite surprised by how similar reports of extreme weight loss tactics to meet military weight guidelines are to what models use to lose weight. The article states that soldiers are using diuretics and laxatives to lower the amount of fluid weight in there bodies and in some cases even resorting to liposuction to "save their careers." Soldiers resort to such weight loss solutions because of the annual weight tests the military requires and if failed ends with discharge from service. The article states that almost 24,000 soldiers have been discharged because of being too heavy between 1992 and 2007. Although I see the need to have soldiers in top physical condition, after reading the article I'm inclined to agree with Alejandra Lewis when she proposes a need for a change of the way the military regulates body fat in its soldiers. The article references briefly that body fat is measured using a method involving a tape measure. Although it never specifically states what type of measurement is done, I am unaware of any method that actually measures precisely body fat using a tape measure and seems to be an inefficient method of measurement, much like the BMI scale. Instead of measuring body shape, I propose the military use a more exact measure of body fat in order to clearly see who is physically fit and whose not. Also a heavier reliance on actually physical fitness tests also makes sense to me. I would like to mention briefly the solution for weight loss recommended by Dr. Thomas Williams. He advises that in order to lose weight soldiers simply need to start by cutting back 150 calories per day and burning and extra 150 calories. This seems to not take into account different metabolisms that can function more efficiently at different amounts of calories consumed. In order to create the most efficient soldier, it makes sense to me that they should be receiving the amount and types of foods that maximize their physical capability, not the amount of food that keeps them at a weight standard.

Being A Bit Overweight Is Risky?

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I found this article while searching through news articles posted on Yahoo. What mainly brought my attention to this article was its title "Study says even being a bit overweight is risky." The article starts off talking about how being even a little bit overweight puts you at a higher risk for premature death. It talks about how being overweight puts you at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke or cancer. The study used BMI as a form of measurement for the study, and they even said that if you are at the higher end of healthy BMI (22.5- 24.9) you have the lowest risk of death but still have risk. So now they are even saying that people with healthy BMI are at risk as well just because they have a little meat on their bones.

Every time that I read an article that has BMI as a source of calculating the statistics, I question that accuracy of the information. We have learned throughout the year about how BMI is an inaccurate source of determining if people are overweight or obese. Oliver evens dedicates a whole chapter in his book about why BMI is inaccurate. What I don't understand is why do we still use BMI as a form of measurement when it is so inaccurate. This article just made me mad as a read it because they are basically telling people that you can't have fat on you at all. Even though we need a little fat on us to survive. I just wish America could come to terms with this and accept that fact that fat isn't all that bad, and that it's not the fat that causes the health problems. Fat is just an outcome of poor diet and exercise.

Obesity in the Workplace

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This article enforces the ideas of obesity discrimination in the work place. It provides great examples comparing obesity discrimination and racial discrimination, and how they are a lot alike. The difference is discriminating against a person's race is illegal. At the end of the article the author discusses how overweight people having a lower self-esteem may be another cause of not being promoted and receiving wages comparable to non-obese workers. She closes with giving the example of Oprah struggling with her weight but never coming off as insecure. She also provides a positive note encouraging obese workers to be confident in the work place.

World's Best Bodies


I came across this article while surfing through the yahoo main page, and naturally, it caught my eye. It's all about the guy that trains the Victoria's Secret runway models, and how he does it. The trainer, Justin Gelband, talks about how he learns the foundation of the women, and creates a different workout and diet for each one. Using their blood type, he can better understand how they will digest and metabolize different foods. He spends 12 weeks of the year, training 8 different models, for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

This article particularly drew me in due to the idea that all these models have a trainer that helps them keep their bodies tone and fit. With all the recent discussion about anorexia and bulimia, its reassuring to know that some of the most famous, well-known models are on regular diets and exercise plans rather than skipping meals and vomiting all the time. So often people will merely think that these models are just born skinny and look the way they are naturally. They may have the genes that allow them the potential to look like they do, but without a dedication to themselves, their workouts, and their diets, these women would not be the standout models that they are now.

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