Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
If you are a woman with a body fat percentage of over 30% then you are clinically overweight. If you are a man with a body fat percentage of over 19% then you are clinically over weight.
The average body fat percentage for American men is 28.1% and for American women it is 40%. Of course this is held down a lot because of younger people in the studies. If you looked at the average for men over the age of 30 it would be much higher. Men with waists larger than 102 cm (40 inches) and women with waists larger than 88 cm (35 inches) have a much greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
The drinks at the movie theatre size-wise are-- I would swear-- come in the same size cup as the popcorn served when I was little. No, America...
You don't need to "upsize" everything.
That being said...
I get equally annoyed by the health nut, granola eating, triathlon running, anti-drinking, anti-smoking crowd. Don't tell me what size soda I'm allowed to buy. I'd like to force feed them twinkles. Or spike the tofu with high fructose corn syrup.
MODERATION is a beautiful thing!
There never was, is, or will be anything normal.
Normal is a figment of our imaginations.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Yeah but I think the point WebMD is trying to make is that fat people generally hang around other fat people because that's their comfort zone, obviously.
I know this is a real phenomena because at work it's obvious these people are insecure when a fit person, not just me but other fit people, start giving their views or talking about their lives. There's definitely tension in the room and then the fit person will just sorta abruptly stop because they sense that tension and realize "ohhh.. we can't talk about this truthfully without you all getting upset" and they stop. It's amusing but very real. Crowd-think is a big part of why people are fat I think. I do think it's that superficial on a ground level.
It wasn't normal to be thin, unless you were so poor you had to be, in pre-60s America. Twiggy changed all that. And it had nothing at all to do with nutrition.
I've been in all 3 facets of weight. I grew up scrawny as a twig. When I graduated high school I was 6'3" and 165. Not an ounce of fat or muscle to be seen, even though I ate like a race horse. When I graduated boot camp I was still only 170. Through the years in the Marines, I bulked up a little and filled out to about 195-205. After I got out and worked in insurance, I ballooned up to 265. No medical reason or excuse. just a desk job and a never ending stream of McDonalds, dougnuts, soda, deep fried food etc....but with a 6'3" frame, I "carried" it without appearing obese, even though I was and felt awful.
When I went to school for physical therapist assistant program I was around 255 lbs. I was always a fast runner in the Marines, and I totally got my ass kicked on a 4 mile run by a 55 year old classmate. That moment "sobered" me up. Over the past 4 years I have been an active lifter and runner. I'm 215 now, wanting to be 205, but my body always seems to plateau at 212-215 no matter my diet or training regimen. But while I am not going to impress any powerlifters or bodybuilders with my bench press, nor will I beat the 145 lb guy in a race, I take pride in the fact that I run relatively fast for my size (usually place or sometimes win in my age group running) and can move appreciable amounts of weight in the gym. Really, I'm out to prove that you don't have to be 145 lbs to run fast, and you don't have to be 300lbs to be strong.
Training for my first full marathon (I've run plenty of half marathons). Up to a 20 mile long run right now. And where I run, it's all hills.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
There is one thing about fat, it is easy to maintain.