Jason Long sturmvogel66 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 14:20:41 BST 2019

The definition of obese has changed in concert with the method of measuring
it. It is always a PitA to accurately measure body-fat percentage (usually
involves dunking tests or electrical resistance) and the medical industry
decided to switch to body-mass index which is a simple calculation using
only height and weight to define obesity. Said calculation ignores body
types (mesomorph, ectomorph, etc.) and activities like weight lifting which
create a lot of dense muscle mass. So a guy with 4% body fat is judged as
obese as a couch potato who is genuinely obese with 32% body fat simply
because they're the same height and weight.

On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 12:37 AM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> I know it exists. I just need to see Hazel on a day when a parent has
> forgotten her medication. Or late afternoons when we got up at 3:00 am for
> balloons and her medication wore off.
> Then there are the meltdowns. Not good for her or anyone around her. In
> the bad old days, they just said it was a bad kid.
> However, schools drop recess and PE and then wonder why kids (mostly boys)
> have trouble sitting still. Or why more kids are overweight.
> I do have some problems with the statistics I keep hearing, namely that
> 30% of the children are obese. I spend a lot of time with my granddaughters
> and their classes and while one or two kids are what we used to call
> “chunky” none are obese. Now part of that may be that the school system or
> parents here are doing a better job but that would be a first. It seems to
> me that either their methodology is wrong or their definitions.
> Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can
> do no other. God help me.
> William A Wenrich
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> Subject: [LMB] On ADHD
> A lot of those who claim that sincere cases of Attention Deficit
> Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder do not exist cite the
> lack of occurrence in the Good Old Days.  I take it as given that many of
> those written off as "incorrigible" had medical issues we would note today.
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