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Not Doing Anything – what would you not do anyway?

Look at it this way. You are sitting there doing nothing because you don’t have anything else to do. You’re bored out of your gourd. Why not snack on something? You know if you do you’ll get fatter. But you’re hungry!

Wait a minute. There is a treadmill over there. Why don’t you get on that? Of course, that’s even more boring. You’ve done that before and you’ve came to the conclusion that it takes more effort to stop the treadmill and get off of it to go to the refrigerator to pilfer something to snack on before coming back to the treadmill to continue being bored.

Why bother? You could just sit looking at television or playing computer games and maybe you’ll get a chance to sneak in a snack or two. At least it is not as boring as the other things.

So you decide to look at television or play a computer game. So what. It is something to do. Isn’t it something to do? At the very least, it’s not as boring as some other things you could be doing. Before television, radio produced an effect on the human psyche similar to that of television and computer games. It was an alternative to doing nothing.

While looking at television you become aware that the television activity is frown upon by the federal government because television viewing and computer game playing is thought to contribute to obesity! Actually it does not contribute. It is physical inactivity that is the prime instigator. Sedentary activities contribute to the individual’s obesity.

Obese is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.

  • Underweight BMI is less than 18.5
  • Normal weight BMI is between or equal to 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight BMI is between or equal to 25 to 29.9
  • Obese BMI of 30 or greater

So there you have it. If a person has a BMI of 30 or greater they can be classified as being obese. It also follows that you can’t be an obese person unless you have a BMI of 30 or greater. Isn’t science wonderful?

Of course with all the physically inactivity around maybe you could conclude that the treadmill may factor into the solution to enable control of the individuals’ body mass index problems. At the very least you should give it a try and verify that some treadmill-based solution will realize your expectations.