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While watching a TV commercial for a piece of exercise equipment, one of the participants in the commercial exclaimed the she could burn 800 calories in 30 minutes while using the machine. Tom who was in the room with me exclaimed, “So what? I can eat 1,000 calories in 10 minutes!

Long Ago And Far Away

It was Long Ago And Far Away in a country on the other side of the planet “Earth” that a nutrition concept was reaffirmed.

Physical activity or exercise is not a governing or absolute factor in weight control. As Tom puts it, “Eating is.”

Tom walked into the Company Headquarters’. There he met two gentlemen that were in the process of putting together a detached service team. They outlined what the team was up to and invited him join.  Four or five months of playing football full time and still getting paid sounded like a fun thing.

The work was strenuous and intense getting into shape and learning all the plays. Each day in the morning the team was given a break and Tom would go to a coffee shop nearby and eat some Danish rolls and drink a cup of coffee. It was a good life. That is until Tom and his teammates noticed that Tom’s spare tire was getting bigger and bigger.  Here Tom was doing all of this physical activity training with the football team and he was gaining weight. The coach noticed the weight gain and rearranged Tom schedule so he could not ever get to the coffee shop again.

About a week later (while scrimmaging) a teammate fell against Tom’s leg. The doctor said that it was a “spiral lateral fracture of the tibia and fibula.” This put Tom into the hospital for about six months. This was an interesting experience because it involved lying around in bed with no physical activity. Tom lost about 50 pounds while going from 240 to 190 pounds. Nevertheless Tom still devoured everything he could get his fork into but they didn’t give him anything. There was no way he could get to where there be food.

The answer to WHY may or may not be found at  http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/calories/index.html .

The reason I say, may or may not, is because I’m suggesting that the number of calories you consume is related to your current weight.

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.

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