|God Bless America|
|God Bless America|
As we are reminded regularly, much of America is overweight or even obese, and this is bad, bad, bad. Not only is it unhealthy for our bodies; it means our pants are uncomfortably tight. But beyond that, a certain pride in human life is being able to give your physical specimen away to science when you shuffle off this mortal coil, whether that's so you can help others, feel better about the life you have led, or maybe, have something positive-sounding about yourself to offer up at the gates of Heaven. But now, it seems, science doesn't even want your corpse. Science is turning up its nose at your corpse. Because your corpse is, well, fat. Science is rude.
Good morning! Are you enjoying a delicious donut with this blog post? Do you have full-fat milk in your coffee? Did you get your full intake of pizza-as-vegetable last night? Maybe so! According to two new research from the American Heart Association, Americans are getting fatter and sicker faster than you can say "Extra cheese." (But, really, let's not blame cheese here.) Researchers estimate that by 2020, the "vast majority" of American adults -- 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women -- will be too fat, and 77 percent of men and 53 percent of women will have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
A report by a couple of fun-loving sociologists in Germany may have you concerned. They say that happy couples get fat because there is no longer the same pressure on them to look good. Thus, when your wonderful boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband announces he or she is only eating egg whites, and spending a lot of time in the gym, and how about this raw food diet program he or she has heard so much about?, you should be very worried that they're not going to be much fun to go to dinner with. And also, they might want to ditch you for someone else. (The alternative, non-science view: They may just want to get healthy so as to enjoy life with you as much as possible for the rest of your glorious years, and you should really stop being so irrationally paranoid.)
Today in news you can use to remind yourself that you're not in college anymore (unless you are, in which case, hooray!), MSNBC reports that the cursed, vile freshman 15 is actually not true, at least, so says a new study, which found that most college students don't actually gain 15 pounds in their first year at school. More accurate would be a freshman 3, but what happened to the old college try?
"The 'freshman 15' is a myth," said Ohio State research scientist Jay Zagorsky, co-author of the study that is believed to be the first nationwide look at the purported phenomenon. "There is no 'freshman 15.'"More »
Rockland County resident Martin Kessman is suing White Castle under the Americans with Disabilities Act because he was unable to fit into his local establishment's booths. Forbes reports that Kessman, who is 290 lbs., is filing the suit after two separate trips to the Nanuet, New York White Castle. Mr. Kessman says he is being discriminated against because of his Rubenesque frame. Litigious and obese? Let's put this man on the dollar bill.
New Yorkers are known for many things, some true, some not. Like, being rude (even though, really, on a one-on-one basis we're quite friendly, as long as you don't stop us on our way to work with some idiotic question). And, being skinny (because we walk so much, and so fast, that we don't have time to answer your idiotic questions). Except now we're not so skinny, are we? According to the latest "Hey Fatty, You're Fat!" study that we've grown to love and expect on a biannual basis, New Yorkers are fat! Well, one in four of us is fat. Raise your heads on their chubby necks to peer above the walls of the cubicle where you've sat upon your ass for the last 2 hours and check out your portly neighbors. Point fingers! It will burn calories! So does a great, big belly laugh!
If you have a spare $4.3 million to throw down, you could buy the most adorable, extremely thin house in New York City, 75 1/2 Bedford Street (1/2!), which has recently come back on the market, reports Curbed. Despite it being a mere eight feet and some inches across at its girthiest point, it continues to increase in value, or at least asking price, from $1.6 million in 2000 to $2.75 million in 2009, to almost doubling that today.
It's the one in the middle. Via Curbed.
• The mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "love child" has been named as Mildred Patricia ("Patty") Baena, 50, a housekeeper/assistant for the family for more than 20 years whose jobs included cleaning, laundry, cooking, and other chores. According to Radar Online, Baena threatened to go public with the details of their affair after Schwarzenegger fired her. [NYDN, Radar Online]
Gather round, children, and listen to a tale of the evil New York City Council attempting to take your Happy Meal toys away. Yahoo reports that the dastardly City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, who comes from a magical place called "District 27," has introduced a bill that aims to ban fast-food toys and, as he says, will "empower parents by making it harder for the fast food industry to target children with predatory marketing techniques." What can you do to save your fun toys from being banished to the land of restricted personal freedoms? Nothing, you're just a kid.
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