The Amish, not a representative sample.
I don’t even know where to begin…. so i’ll start at the beginning:
Maybe you CAN blame being fat on your genes. But there’s a way to overcome that family history — just get three to four hours of moderate activity a day.
Sound pretty daunting?
Not for the Amish of Lancaster County, Pa.,
Seriously, the Amish? I mean, I respect the Amish and their lifestyle. I think there are definetly things to be said in favour of a less disposable lifestyle. This post is not intended in anyway to bash the Amish. (Though it’s not as if they would know….. 😉 )
So yeah, not shocking the fat gened Amish are thin they lead a much more work intensive lifestyle. They actually burn calories while cooking their own dinner. Crazy stuff. Even the laziest Amish person does not get paid to spend 8 hours a day sitting on their ass. Unfortunately, that is exactly what millions of Americans get paid to do.
The study writers even acknowledge how unrealistic this lifestyle is for most americans:
Study co-author Dr. Soren Snitker of the University of Maryland acknowledged that it’s unrealistic to expect most people to shun modern conveniences and return to a 19th century lifestyle for the sake of staying trim.
When I saw this article over someone’s shoulder on the train this morning and I thought to myself YAY. Finally, they realize just how much activity it would take to keep fatter people thin, surely they will realize how difficult it would be for Modern Americans to find 4 hours of activity a day. Surely this study will cause people to day “Hey, maybe we’re placing to large a burden on fat people, 4 hours, that’s a lot of time, maybe they should just be allowed to be fat.”
“But he said every little bit helps, and that adding an extra few hours of activity daily might not be as hard as it seems.
Instead of watching TV for a few hours at night, take a brisk walk, he suggested. Or use stairs instead of elevators, walk instead of driving, or take up a structured exercise such as swimming.”
Can someone please tell me approximately when this whole youthful idealism phase is going to end?
I love how at the end of the article they even shame the fat fat fatties who might think they don’t have this gene variant. (Because obviously, we’ve all had our genomes mapped just so we know exactly how long we’re allowed to be lazy fatties.)
Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, a genetics and obesity researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston, said people should not interpret the study to mean, “I don’t have this gene variant so I don’t need to be physically active.”
He noted that other obesity gene variants might also be affected by physical activity, which has benefits beyond helping people stay trim.
Yeah, whatever you do, don’t interpret this study to mean anything about how it might be unrealistic to expect every person on earth to be thin while living a modern lifestyle. We still expect you to be thin because we’re sick of looking at your fat fat ass. How dare you try to excuse yourself from 4 hours of excersize a day by saying the reason for your fatness has nothign to do with the gene that we’ve mapped. Bad Fatty BAD!
I’m pretty sure I have this gene variant. I spent 2 weeks at summer camp one year doing nothing but walking and riding horses and I lost 30 pounds. So yeah, pretty sure. Since I have “no excuse” here is my new life schedule:
6:30am: Out of bed Lazy
7:00am: Walk, briskly, to bus
7:20am: Walk, briskly, from bus to train
8:10am: Walk, Briskly, from train to office, take stairs 12 floors, arrange to have someone wait at the top to let you out of the locked stairwell.
8:15pm-4:45pm: Do Math
4:45pm: Walk, briskly, to the train
5:45pm: Walk, briskly, home
6:00pm-9:00pm: Walk Dog, briskly (this assumes that an additional hour of activity has been completed between walking to transportation and climbing stairs, if not, extend till 10pm)
9:00pm-10:00pm: Spend time with boyfriend and cats, eat dinner, read, play video games, crochet, practice for voice lessons/show, do laundry, catch up on work, study for GMATs, pay bills, plan financial future, talk to friends on the phone, check facebook, blog, check myspace, go to grocery store, go to pet food store, go to hardware store.
10:00pm-10:30pm: Watch the Daily Show
It is going to be interesting. I have a lot of thin neighbors that I know wont be doing this, you know, they don’t have the fat gene, so they get to spend all of their free time doing what I”m going to have to cram into about an hour. But that’s the price I must pay for being Genetically Evil… I mean Fat.