The state of the National Herd
The Healthy Ireland survey has been published.
It states that 60% of the population of Ireland is overweight or obese.
I have a pair of eyes. Two of them to be precise [though I don’t like to brag] and I have been using them on and off for most of my life. Now in the course of my travels you would imagine I would have seen these porkers waddling around? After all, three out of every five is a lot so I must have seen them all around me? But I haven’t.
Is it possible that all those fatties are confined to one county and that’s the county where they took the survey? That would certainly explain things, though I would imagine the island would be in great danger of capsizing.
Or maybe there is something wrong with my glasses and the lardarses are all around me but I see them as normal? I’ll check that one out when I visit the ophthalmologist next week.
There was a bloke on the news last night discussing this report. He was happy with the decrease in smoking levels [which apparently is entirely down to the “plain packs”] but was horrified that we just aren’t taking enough exercise. Did we not realise just how unhealthy that is?
We need to do so much more for the sake of our health. We must become a healthy country otherwise we will a die in screaming agony.
We need to be leaner and fitter. Our diet must change and we must get more exercise.
Nag. Nag. Nag.
On second thoughts though, maybe he was talking about the National Beef Herd?
Well overweight probably means heavier than average, you've got 50% of the population before you start. And overweight includes obese. So probably nothing to see here.
I swear they just pluck figures out of the air. The problem with "startling" figures is that instantly they lose all credibility.
All those overweight Irish type folks must have moved to Vermont. I swear 90% of the population of this state, no matter what age, are large to huge as far as being overweight is concerned (except me and mine of course). Now I haven't been "down country" for a long time now so I don't know if this "largeness" has spread to other surrounding lands but it sure is prevalent here.
Want 'em back?
It's all right thanks. You can keep 'em.
Probably because they keep forcing peeps (not me of course, cos I couldn't give a shite) to quit smoking, and we all know that when you give up, to cant stop scoffing.
They used the BMI, with a score of 25+ defined as overweight & 30+ as obese.
These made-up limits bear no relation to health or fitness, as they take no account of height, occupation or any other meaningful data – idiots!
You can be obese without being visibly overweight
Or so some moron in the comments in my local paper told me, when I said that all the schoolchildren don't look obese
Lose weight and live forever, seems to be the message.
Of course, before you try to lose weight you should ask yourself, do you want to live forever????
I recently picked a new GP. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing 'fairly well' for my age (I've nearly reached seventy).
A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, 'Do you think I'll live to be 85?'
He asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?
'Oh not much grog these days and don't smoke' I replied. 'I'm not doing drugs, either!'
Then he asked, 'Do you eat rib-eye steaks, fatty roasts, and barbecued Ribs?’
'I said, 'Not much; my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!'
'Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, surfing, hiking, or bicycling?'
'No, I don't,' I said.
He asked, 'Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?'
'No,' I said…
He looked at me and said… 'Then, why the fuck do you want to live to 85?’
Two pairs of eyes. That must come in handy. 😀
That depends on where the second pair are located.