Monthly Archives: January 2008

Is this really a solution?

Bariatric surgery to cure diabetes. – MSNBC

Two groups.  One with surgery.  One without.  Surgery group lost an average of 46 lbs over the 2 year study.  The control group lost an average of 3!  It is a surprise that the group who lost the most weight had higher incidences of diabetes remission?  NO.

I know obesity surgeries force a life change in the subjects.  But there’s also plenty of evidence to show that people learn to eat around those changes and still be overweight.  Is overweight more healthy than obese?  Yes.  I just don’t think this is a realistic treatment.  Yes it’s hard to lose weight.  Yes it’s harder probably to change your life to be healthy.  And harder still to keep it off (trust me I know, even though I’ve done a fairly decent job of it).  But learning those skills HAS to be better than surgery right?


Story from the LA Times about a Google employee who’s gained a bit of in-house fame for his reviews of their free gourmet food.  He also notes:

He is careful to measure portions and work out regularly at the Google gym. He does that to avoid the dreaded “Google 15” — a reference to the pounds new employees often put on amid unlimited supplies of free grub

Oh god yes.  I’d imagine people put on weight like nobody’s business at first.  I probably would as I have issues with portion control.  Of course maybe if I was eating gourmet food, I’d be satiated quickly and not want to eat until I’m disgustingly full.  Somehow I doubt it.  Haha, just one more reason for me not to work at Google (not that I could).

Google food article. – LA Times

Looking good?

So here are two articles on the new show on Lifetime, “How to Look Good Naked”.  I’m not going to comment on the show as I’ve not seen it.  I likely won’t watch it, especially if what’s written about the show are true.  Suffice it to say, yes media have given women a false ideal of perfection.  Yes, women (and men) as a result suffer from body dysmorphia.  Yes, not hating yourself is a step in the right direction.  But no, some people are overweight and they need to lose some.  They don’t have to be stick thin, but they have to get healthy.  Okay, I’ve already commented more than I wanted to.  The links for you to read and ponder:

TV Squad’s Jay Black’s commentary.

NY Times review.