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I do like music that was released in this century, I swear, but still:
I am hoping to address one of the many unfinished posts I have saved around here, and maybe even present something of substance, for those of you keeping score at home. I seem to be suffering from a tenacious sinus-related malady that is draining my energy, which I must conserve for the Ceremonial Rewatching of the Entire Battlestar Galactica Series in preparation for the forth and final season, which airs on (OMG!!!!) April 4. I am hoping that the arrival of Spring brings me good health and renewed vigor so that I can blog AND watch BSG at the same time, but only time will tell.
We all know that losing weight is merely a matter of exerting sufficient will power and self control, right? And that any failure to do so is our own moral failing? Well, quel surprise, perhaps not:
Focusing attention and using one part of your brain against another part, that takes significant energy. The brain is already our most energy-intensive organ, so adding the demands of “self control” on top of that is likely to have presented some adaptive issues in the past. Put differently, it’s unlikely to expect that we’ve evolved to be able to maintain self control over extremely long periods of time (say, months), simply because such problems rarely presented themselves in the past (there were few adaptive benefits) and because the energetic costs of doing so would have been quite high.
And as for losing weight?
Diets are often marked by periods of effortful weight loss, followed by a slide back, where weight is regained. That pattern is not simply a matter of mind over matter, of willpower so we can match a cultural and cognitive ideal. It’s hard for people to maintain sustained mental efforts, it costs energy, and there’s little evolutionary reason to expect everybody’s brains to suddenly begin cooperating with what our culture tells us we should be able to do.
I’m way out of my depth here, but if focusing attention towards will power and self control uses a significant amount of energy, wouldn’t it follow that a human being needs to take in more calories to make up for the additional energy expenditure that it costs to diet? Now put that in your Points (TM!) slider and calculate it.
David Sedaris delivers a pizza.
Also: Oh CPD.
Honestly, the moronic puns in the headlines make it sound like Weis intends to implement a more hardcore weight restriction on officers, but then the article itself says that he plans to “pay closer attention to body fat content as opposed to weight to judge if an officer is fit” which means… what? BMI? Calipers? Waist to hip ratio? It’s pretty clear that Weis (like the rest of the fucking planet) doesn’t know how to make people lose weight, but he’s damn well willing to try… things! If I were that faceless fat cop on the front page of the Sun Times, this would make me consider a transfer to building security (emphasis added):
“We need to develop a mind-set that taking care of yourself, being fit, being nutritionally sound, being as healthy as you can be is what you need to be a police officer,” said Weis, who is a body builder and is married to a trainer.
Because we all know that you can’t be fit, nutritionally sound, or healthy as you can be if you’re fat, right?
Also? I seriously love the Sun Time’s front page weather blurbs:
You know, I always thought it was normal, even desirable, to feel full after eating. That’s how you know you did it right! But I guess in this time of rampant, world-destroying obesity, we’ll pathologize anything related to the consumption of food. Witness this call for volunteers for a medical study at Northwestern:
“Do you have stomach problems? Many people have stomach discomfort, stomach pain, feel full after eating and other problems will meals. Researchers at Northwestern University are conducting a research study using two FDA-approved medications to treat stomach symptoms that occur after eating. You may be eligible to participate if: You are 18 to 75 years of age; You experience stomach discomfort or pain, or other stomach problems after eating.” (Emphasis added. Also [sic].)
Note: I looked up the study on-line and what they are actually looking for are “patients with chronic abdominal discomfort, bloating, or early fullness after eating a meal,” which makes me think that one, they ought to hire somebody from the English department to write their “Participants Wanted” signs, and two, they are going to get a lot of unqualified people signed up for this particular trial.
Thanks to the husband for pointing me to this post on Chicago Metblogs.