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Our Lady of Weight Loss

Who will get the FAT Vote? Let’s talk politics!

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The Pontificating Pundits
I’ve been paying close attention to the news coverage of this primary season and listening to the pundits pontificate on the same points over and over again.
They talk of exit polls as they do the breakdown dance of statistics in a variety of ways. Male, female, white, African American, Latino, the boomer vote, the youth vote, economic groups, blue collar, white collar, high school graduates, college graduates, religious affiliation. You name it. They have a statistic on how the group of the moment votes.
And how about the debates?
The candidates have been asked questions ranging from the heavy topic of war to questions about the wearing of lapel pins. However, I’ve yet to hear the candidates queried on their position on trans-fats or high fructose corn syrup. Not one word about the obesity problem in this country.
Who will get the FAT Vote?
How will those of us who have experienced the ups and downs of the scales of injustice cast our vote? When and where will the FAT Debate take place?
Before I ask the candidates the hard questions, let’s look at the statistics.
The Stats.
58 million Americans are overweight; 40 million obese; 3 million morbidly obese
78% of Americans are not meeting basic activity level recommendations
25% completely sedentary
76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-50 years old since 1990
What is the cost of overweight and obesity?
Total Cost: $117 billion
Direct Cost: $61 billion
Indirect Cost: $56 billion
The cost of lost productivity related to obesity among Americans age 17 to 64 is $3.9 billion.
Workdays lost: $39.3 million
Physician office visits: $62.7 million
Restricted-activity days: $239 million
Bed-days: $89.5 million
And now, some weighty questions for our candidates.


1. What’s your stand on High Fructose Corn Syrup? Figures from the USDA show a steady growth in consumption of high-fructose corn syrup: from zero pounds in 1966 to 62.6 pounds per person in 2001. These statistics correspond with the rapid rise in obesity. Coincidence?
Many nutritionists explain that the body processes the fructose in HFCS differently than it does table sugar. Unlike sucrose or dextrose, fructose does not ‘ breakdown’ before it reaches the liver. It arrives almost completely intact. This changes the way metabolic-regulating hormones function and is called “metabolic-shunting.” A strain is put on the liver, causing it to kick out additional fat into the bloodstream. (Not the kind of KICK we’re looking for.)
2. How much of NASA’s Space Program budget is allocated to getting those of us who suffer from SCALE-O-Phobia to Pluto? Are you a scale-o-phobic? Every object in the universe with mass attracts every other object with mass. Therefore, there is a pull, a force – an attraction, and that force is called your weight. The numbers on the scale are about gravitational pull. For those who get weighed down, depressed, and feeling defeated by the scales of injustice, a trip to Pluto is in order.
3. It seems walking is our patriotic duty. Do you agree? Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, believed that “of all exercises, walking is the best.” Do you log in 10,000 steps per day? What type of pedometer do you recommend?
4. How will you bring more laughter into our lives (and I don’t mean by making major blunders that give the late night shows great material for their opening monologues as the current administration has so brilliantly managed)? Laughing 100 times is the equivalent to a ten-minute workout on the rowing machine or fifteen minutes on an exercise bike. Kids laugh four hundred times a day, on average, while adults get in just fifteen chuckles.
5. As President, how many hours of sleep do you intend to log in per night?? According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2002 Sleep in America Poll, “. . . . as many as 47 million adults may be putting themselves at risk for injury, health and behavior problems because they aren’t meeting their minimum sleep needed in order to be fully alert the next day.” Sleep deprivation can undermine all areas of your physical and mental health. It causes confusion, memory loss, irritability and mood swings, in addition lack of sleep causes hormonal changes that cause one to eat.
May I make an observation? With all due respect, it seems to me that you are all already exhibiting signs of sleep deprivation.

6. How will you get portion control to be a part of every Americans lifestyle? Will you put an end to super-sizing? In a survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research, 78 percent of respondents said that eating certain types of food while avoiding others was more important to their weight –loss efforts than eating less food. WRONG!
By all means, make healthy choices, but … effective weight loss plans place equal importance on both the kinds and amounts of food ingested. Portion size most certainly matters, because weight loss is based on how many calories you take in and burn off.
How do you get a handle on portions? How many calories does a deli muffin contain? (Answer: 600)
7. Do you adhere to the guidelines of the U.S.D.A. food pyramid? How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? How many fats? Have you studied other food pyramid models?
Mediterranean food pyramid
Asian diet pyramid
Vegetarian diet pyramid
8. And speaking of fats … let’s get straight on who the enemy actually is. What are the good fats? (Peanut butter, Olive oil, Avocados, Soybeans Nuts, Canola oil, Corn oil, Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seed) What are the bad fats? (Marbled meats, Organ meats, (including sausage), Butter, Ice cream, Mayonnaise, Whole milk, Cream Cheese, Palm kernal oil, Coconut oil) How many trillions of dollars will be allocated to the War on Bad Fat?
9. The Battle of the Bulge has been raging on for at least 100 years. I am curious as to how the candidates propose to put an end to it– without bringing the pharmaceuticals into it? Without pills that cause bowel leakage and surgeries that do not guarantee that fat once lost won’t be found again?
10. In a letter received on November 21, 2006, Governor Mike Huckabee writes, “[Our Lady of Weight Loss] offers very creative, humorous solutions to a major problem in America. Getting healthy can be fun … and you’ve proven it. Kudos!” And you, candidates, what words do you have for Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal?
Personally, I miss Governor Huckabee. He not only lost over 100 pounds, he’s kept it off. He ‘gets’ permanent fat removal. No easy feat when on the campaign trail.
Talk about making choices while dining out! Geeze, these candidates have downed shots of whiskey with beer, eaten numerous hot dogs, fries, pies, deep fried Oreos – to prove that they are hard-core patriotic Americans. Huh?
Where did you say you stood on health? Is that part of your health plan?
What would you like to ask the candidates? Leave your comment below!

  • aaron

    What is the cost of overweight and obesity?
    Total Cost: $117 billion
    Direct Cost: $61 billion
    Indirect Cost: $56 billion

    Dear candidate, if you are advocating a National Healthcare plan, why should the American taxpayer pick up the $117 Billion burden just because people can’t stop stuffing twinkies in their faces?

  • cat

    It’s about taking care of the people who need our help the most. I recently read in a magazine that more and more big companies are helping their employees quit smoking…they recognize that this is how we help each other…there’s caring involved. We also need to do something about the weight issues of this country. While no one truly needs to smoke, we DO need to eat. Incentives need to be put in place and be readily available to the public. After all, they’re voters, aren’t they…?

  • ChatteringMind

    It’s hard to beat Al Gore on this subject. I’d trust just about anything he’d say, given that he’s had his own ups and downs. He’s also joked about his weight gain on Saturday Night Live.
    Barack Obama has had his struggles with addiction–he quit cigarettes, but weight doesn’t seem to be his issue. Do you know what politician has been particularly progressive on diet- and health-related issues? Out own mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City! He outlawed trans fats in restaurants, taking an historic leap into new legislative terrain, pissing off many! I think it’s great.

  • Amy

    No child left behind? What about physical activity in the schools? Raising generations of couch potatoes because physical activity isn’t given a place in schools anymore—That truly is a political issue…

  • Lutie

    Cost of obesity – The problem with obesity as an economic issue is that some of the health problems caused by obesity can also be caused by other things. Thin people get cancer and diabetes, too, just as non-smokers can get lung cancer. So who would you blame, and where would you draw the line as to what health insurance or government benefits should pay for?
    Portion control – Individuals must take responsibility for portion control. It should not be the government’s business to micromanage stores and restaurants – I think that would lead to an unacceptable level of government control, and would have other consequences that we wouldn’t like. Just don’t order a Supersize anything or a 24-oz steak. If a restaurant does not have any fresh items on the menu, just don’t go there. Our economy is market-driven; if we made our voice known by our buying habits, we’d see amazing changes in the choices available to us and in our health as a nation.

  • Robs rowing machine

    Overweight can be reduced if you do exercises regularly. You must burn those extra calories stored in your body by playing different kinds of games, swimming, bike riding, jogging or doing workouts etc physical activity that you are interested.

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