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Date Posted: 05:17:14 12/28/12 Fri
Author: Sara S.
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Subject: BMI Page - Harsh reality

I found your website while I was trying to figure out what my BMI is. I've been doing a lot of research regarding my own health and BMI as, at the ripe old age of 21, I am seeing a much stronger connection between the health of my friends and family and their weight and lifestyle. I do not wish to be 45 and on more scripts than I can count on two hands.

As expected, I am at a healthy BMI as I live an active lifestyle and don't eat more than I can burn off but I could do better. I liked your article but was shocked by the fat-America-bashing.

I was shocked because I am used to seeing articles worded much more sweetly, just barely acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, there is a link between being a lazy glutton and being fat. After all, it's no one's fault, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, as well, we, a lot of people living in our country that are so overweight have tried to advocate for it as a norm, "just the way we're built", rather than acknowledging the lifestyle choices that factor into this.

This costs our health care system and government billions of dollars each year and it's a damned shame that many of us are trying to make such a lifestyle seem totally acceptable and beyond our control.

Last night, as I was at the grocery store to get milk, I saw pan dulce. I LOVE pan dulce. I was going to buy it too. I also wanted a soda. I left the store with only milk. Why? Because I had eaten a piece of pie and some ice cream the day before for desert. I had enough sweets. I didn't need anymore. You know what I did just there? I exercised restraint. It's possible. It's possible to eat sweets and fatty foods and be a healthy weight. It takes restraint.

As a lower income individual, I still find it easier to buy foods that I can cook rather than frozen junk, cookies and chips. It's still cheaper for me to cook my meals and it's FUN. I eat fast food twice a month. If I ate fast food more often, I'd be BROKE. Buying ingredients for fettucine alfredo with pan-cooked, white-meat chicken breast is cheaper than buying two combo meals for my husband and I. I bet it won't surprise you that it fills us up more quickly, tastes better, is healthier for us, right?

We need to get real here. Fast food and sweets are great, but if you're not burning off the calories, then you will get fat. If you're not active, you will get fat. There's not much else to it than that. No more of this sensitivity bull-pucky.

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