Thread: Monday Motivation: Fat America
3/05/2012 9:50am, #1
Monday Motivation: Fat America
Look at that.
If that doesn't make you want to eat a effing salad and go for a jog, then I don't know what to say. Actually, I do:
This isn't just an "America" thing either, the whole "first world" is turning into amorphous sacks of lard. It'd be easy to blame it on diet, but we're also significantly more sedentary than we were 30 years ago.
That's where the "Motivation" comes in. If you do have a job where you're sitting on your ass for the better portion of the day, get up every hour, on the hour, and move If you've got stairs, walk up and down them quickly. Walk around the building, or something.
If you're at home, do pushups during commercial breaks. Stay on your feet while playing video games instead of sitting down. Make sure you do at least one "outdoor" activity on the weekend, even if the weather is shitty (HTFU).
It goes without saying for a lot of us here, but too many kids these days aren't being prepared for a life of activity by their parents; they're being prepared for a life of inactivity; because Xboxes and MTV make for cheap babysitters for parents who'd rather do their own thing than enable their children's success. I see this first-hand, as someone who gets recruits ready to attend Army Basic Combat Training; and these are kids that already pass the minimum requirements for weight.
In short, stay off your ass; asses are for kicking.
3/05/2012 10:13am, #2
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I sooooo read that as:
Today's fat kids become tomorrow's fat adults and the cycle will repeat ad-infatibum.
What can the rest of us do? It's tricky. I try to get fat friends to come and do something sporty with me - badminton or swimming. I've tried to get my son to ask a couple of his fat mates if they'd want taking to judo with him. In both cases I've largely been met with a flat lack of interest.
Sometimes all you can do is look after yourself. As far as motivation goes, the bloke who sits next to me in the office has a waist size bigger than his height. Seeing him wheezing around and doing blood sugar tests for his lard-induced diabetes is enough motivation for me to stay active and steer clear of the pies in the canteen.
3/05/2012 10:27am, #3
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3/05/2012 11:07am, #4
So naturally their abilities for self-control, self-restraint, and acting like responsible people are impaired.
By the way, I say this as one of the accused. I, myself, was 265lbs in 2006 and living quite the sedentary lifestyle. Luckily for me, my father is much older than the baby boomer gen (he's 83, in point of fact). Watching him handle his own body poorly, watching his ability to walk be worn down year after year, plus the work ethic I learned in wrestling all contributed to me dragging my sorry ass back into the gym. I'm lucky though, as I had my best friend running right along side me at every mile.
Anyway, **** the 45-70 year olds. You've ruined the world in more ways than I can count.Originally Posted by Sarcastro
3/05/2012 11:11am, #5
This is another example of our state motto in action. "Alabama: Not quite as bad as Mississippi":Determined:
HTFU and join Bullshido on Fitocracy!
3/05/2012 12:40pm, #6
I blame at least 20% of this problem on the schools, most of which have outright eliminated their P.E. programs. The other 80 is all on the parents. I just don't understand how anyone could let their kids get that way. If you want to **** up your own health that's one thing, but for fucks sake give your kids a chance at a life that isn't lard filled.
3/05/2012 1:00pm, #7
Also you forgot the 2012 childhood obesity example:
3/05/2012 1:00pm, #8
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I'm not going to bother searching for it again because I'm lazy, but I was reading the other day about some study that concluded the father's behavior is the most likely indicator of whether kids grow up to be fatasses. Not the mother's.
Kids whose Dads eat healthy and excercise tend to be good to go. Kids with tubby sloths for fathers are more likely to turn out that way as well.
3/05/2012 1:05pm, #9
I was lucky enough to go to a school which insisted on 2/3 seasons of sports per year as a requirement, and I'm better off for it.Originally Posted by Sarcastro
3/05/2012 1:19pm, #10
In my opinion, playing sports, being on a team and competing on a regular basis is one of the best character building activities available to modern youth.
The physical benefits are nice too.Shut the hell up and train.