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theatlantic:

This is the Average Man’s Body

Todd is the most typical of American men. His proportions are based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. As a U.S. male aged 30-39 his body mass index (BMI) is 29; just one away from being obese. At 5 feet, 9 inches tall, his waist is 39 inches.

Don’t let the hyperrealistic toes fool you; Todd is an avatar. I gave Todd his name, and gave his life a narrative arc, but he is actually the child of graphic artist Nickolay Lamm as part of his Body Measurement Project.

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And just earlier this week we learn that American adults are falling behind other countries on reading, math, and technical skills. Yeah, things are really looking up around here. U-S-A! U-S-A!

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Tired of the expected static responses, designer Lih Chen decided to turn obesity into pies.
Oh har-dee-har-har, Fast Company, very funny.

nationalpost:

‘Damage control 101’: Coca-Cola addresses obesity for first time in new ads
Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it’s taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.

The Atlanta-based company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda. (Scott Olson/Getty Images files)

Oh, Coke, already out with the “spreading the blame” tactic, eh? Let’s just see how the ads work out.

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Doctor said, to control your Cholesterol we can do two things. One is to try a new pill that’s more potent but has more side affects. Two is…you know what it is…loose weight. I said, give me the pill.

— Guy at Work

I overheard this guy at work telling this in the break area. I wanted to turn around and kick him in the nuts. If life or death can’t motivate you to loose weight…

Stupid SOB…

(via breakingthebike)

Never underestimate the inertia against changing one’s lifestyle. To this person, it’s not a question of life or death, it’s a question of two equal (to him, apparently) options, so of course he picked the one that allowed him to keep his old habits. Which is why Lipitor has been such a cash cow for Pfizer, and why drug companies keep trying to come up with “new and improved” versions of it.

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bundlehq:

So, Americans really seem to love when baseball stadiums offer all-you-can-eat ticket packages. Don’t believe me? The all-you-can-eat section at the Texas Rangers’ stadium routinely goes through 1500 hot dogs, 260 pounds of peanuts, and 62 pounds of popcorn (that stuff’s light — so you know 62 pounds of it is a LOT of popcorn).

This is why you’re fat.

bundlehq:

So, Americans really seem to love when baseball stadiums offer all-you-can-eat ticket packages. Don’t believe me? The all-you-can-eat section at the Texas Rangers’ stadium routinely goes through 1500 hot dogs, 260 pounds of peanuts, and 62 pounds of popcorn (that stuff’s light — so you know 62 pounds of it is a LOT of popcorn).

This is why you’re fat.

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