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Americans still getting fatter and fatter!

Earlier this week, I wrote in my LiveJournal about "Americans getting too fat for x-rays and x-ray machines." Below is yet another article about unexpected troubles with being obese (from Deseret News Publishing Company's Utah News.)

In my opinion, there is a fine line between being a chub and a bear -- you can weigh 150lbs/68kg and still be a bear, but I don't agree with some guys that are obviously morbidly obese (for example, over 350lbs/159kg) that don't have a lick of body hair, act queenier than "Lamar" from "Revenge of the Nerds", as they pile helping after helping of ice cream and Donut-Burgers in their pie-hole without even chewing, mumbling the words that makes their behaviour appropriate in their minds: "It's okay, I'm a bear!"

Don't misunderstand me, I like men with more than a little meat on their bones! I like masculine big guys, and I believe that being a bear is more of a state of mind, "being a gay or bisexual man with an average to large build, body hair and/or facial hair, a rugged (butch) demeanor, temporal maturity, and an optional interest in leather." However, being so morbidly obese that your health is in jeopardy is simply dumb.

Check out some of the hot studs on Big Muscle Bears (see an example on the left), and then compare and contrast with the guys at Chubs N Chasers (see an example on the right.)

Yeah, there is some overlap between the two sites I'm using as an example, but I think you understand what I'm getting at here! Taking pride in yourself as a member of the bear community also means not using the label "bear" as an excuse to allow yourself to get "reinforced bed-frame size." It is not only unhealthy for you physically, how can you expect to have any pride in yourself when you can't climb one flight of stairs without getting out of breath?

* Please note: This is NOT a slam at any community! Only that if you're a "chub", be proud to be a chub, don't use "I'm a bear" as an excuse for being overweight! If you like being a chub, and have self-pride, GREAT! It's not for me though -- I've been there, done that. I currently weigh HALF what I used to weigh a mere eight years ago. (I used to have a 46" waist [and my 46" Levi's were damn tight!], I now have a 32" waist.])

notmypresident is working out like a madman to get his body image in sync with what he wants, and cruisebear replied to his blog entry with:
"You HAVE gotten So Fat:
I ran across one of my old tricks yesterday at the Lone Star and he gained about 40 lbs all in his belly and I was all over him. He wanted me to go to blow buddies but I wanted to yank him back to my SF apartment. He then suggested we go in the bathroom but I hate bathroom sex. I'm going to get him today and rub that belly for about an hour after I get off work and then give him the best blow job. Too bad he lives in Fresno."
... which proves that there someone for everyone...

Soapbox mode off -- on to the article:



Two Units Ease Transport of Obese Patients,
Both Ambulances and Gurneys Wide; Winch Eases the Loading.


By Lois M. Collins

A patient's sense of security and the potential, too often realized, for back injuries among emergency responders have led Southwest Ambulance to include two "bariatric" ambulances in its fleet.

Each unit is designed to make it easier to transport patients who are severely overweight.

The unit, which is wider than a regular ambulance to accommodate the extra-wide gurney and still leave room for emergency crews to work, also features a winch system to simplify lifting the patient into the vehicle, according to Southwest's Rob Lund, an EMT intermediate.

The new gurney, which is about 5 or 6 inches wider across than the standard type, can hold up to 1,600 pounds.

It's not that the old gurneys were too weak to carry the morbidly obese passengers the ambulance service helps, says Southwest EMS administrator Rebecca Merrell. But sometimes the straps were tight or had to be extended. The side safety rails couldn't always be lifted in the narrower gurneys. And patients felt both less secure and embarrassed.

"This really keeps dignity" intact, she says.

The ambulance itself has a couple of interesting features, starting with a hydraulic lift system at the back that will lower the end of the ambulance 8 inches or so. It has a pulley system that relieves the strain on staffers, who must simply guide the heavy-set patient's gurney up the built-in ramp, the work provided by the winch.

The new capability comes with some tricky issues, Merrell acknowledged.

Emergency crews are not going to take the time to wait for one of the units in a dire crisis where every second counts. The other ambulances can carry the load, just not as conveniently.

And they're not going to start asking people who call 911 what the patient weighs. But they hope that learning the unit is available will encourage people who need it to ask for it.

Because so many health problems are related to morbid obesity, Merrell says, emergency crews may respond to the homes of some heavy people repeatedly and it's likely some addresses will be recognized by dispatchers as places where the new unit would be helpful.

Most of the time, she says, the request for that unit comes from the fire department that is already on the scene and knows it would be useful.

One unit is usually at the operations center in case it's needed while the other one's out circulating. And they certainly carry patients who are not overweight, as well.

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notmypresident
Jul. 30th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
I've just been doing what I need to do.

— The Madman
mc4bbs
Jul. 30th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I've just been doing what I need to do.

Good for you! Same here!

One small scoop of Ice Cream, not two containers! ;-)

A handful of peanut M&Ms, not a "big bag"

I'm less guilty about not "cleaning my plate" all the time (thanks for the guilt mum! -- like I needed any more!)

Eating a small container of fat-free yoghurt, rather than a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.

It all adds up.

--

Now that I'm a non-smoker, I use other things to fulfill oral cravings (other than food!) ;-)

notmypresident
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that you mentioned the waist-size reduction. It was the moment that I realized that I needed to buy a pair of 48s because I could no longer fit into my 46s that I decided to start losing. I don't know why that didn't happen at size 44 or 42 or 40, but I guess I'm glad that it did. And as god as my witness I will never be a size 46 again!!!

I'l also never be a size 32 like you. My hip bones are wider than that!
mc4bbs
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that you mentioned the waist-size reduction. It was the moment that I realized that I needed to buy a pair of 48s because I could no longer fit into my 46s that I decided to start losing. I don't know why that didn't happen at size 44 or 42 or 40, but I guess I'm glad that it did. And as god as my witness I will never be a size 46 again!!!

I'l also never be a size 32 like you. My hip bones are wider than that!


That's exactly what happened to me! I was going to have to go up to 48s, and it really disgusted me. 32 is the smallest I can go, also due to my hips. I have a 31" pair of jeans, but it really hurts to wear 'em due to this.

My big issue now has now been weight or waist size, but flab. I need to start working out again -- I've been out of the gym for nine months because of the MRSA I got, then all the bull with them screwing around with the equipment at Gold's. I had a nice workout all arranged, and they got rid of my favourite ab cruncher machine (the one that made me "feel the burn" just right), and they changed a lot of the other stuff too. Grrrrrr.

Besides, chances were high that I got MRSA at Gold's, and they wouldn't "suspend" my membership, and while I was recovering from it, I was still paying monthly dues.

I'm looking into going to a gym closer to home and for less $$$ now.

Starting is the hardest thing.
notmypresident
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Starting is the hardest thing.

Exactly.

I'm curiious as to how you came to "know" what to do at the gym. Did a friend show you or perhaps a trainer? If I had a mentor to get me started on weight training, that would be one thing. But not knowing anything — and books can't really help — I figure my time at a gym would be wasted without guidance.
mc4bbs
Aug. 1st, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'm curiious as to how you came to "know" what to do at the gym. Did a friend show you or perhaps a trainer? If I had a mentor to get me started on weight training, that would be one thing. But not knowing anything — and books can't really help — I figure my time at a gym would be wasted without guidance.

I had guidance from my ex-lover years ago, and when I resumed going to the gym, I simply repeated what I learned before.

A personal trainer would be a good place to start to develop your work-out plan.

I always started with one hour of cardio (treadmill, stationary bike or spinning class), then moved into alternatively upper body or lower body work out (combination of free weights and machines), then on to crunches/abdomen workout (which I believe can be done every day), and then three or four hot steam & cold showers repetitions to clean out my pores.

furrbear
Jul. 31st, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
I maxxed out at a 44" waist (310 lbs) BMI: 40. I felt I looked horrible, but my partner at the time said "I looked fine." I think he said that so that I would be less attractive to other men - he was like that.

Lost, gained, lost, gained, losing again. BMI is down ~30 (240) and my target is 27-28 (210-215). My doc agreed to get off my back if I lost that much and kept it off.

I tend to compare BMIs since someone's appearence at a given weight depends on heavily (sorry - easy pun) on his height. Think 280 pounds on someone 5'6". Now imagine the same weight on someone who's 6'5".

My personal taste is guys in the 25-35 range with a 40 sometimes in the mix. (One of the sexiest men I know is 5'10" 280 lbs - but it's muscle.) My interest rapidly wanes in the morbidly obese (BMI 40+), and is practically unknown in the malignantly obese (BMI 50+).

The thing that absolutely gobsmacks me is the more and more we learn about the negative effects of obesity, I keep running into young adults trying to gorge themselves up to huge sizes because "It's sexy." Huh? WTF?


By the way - HOT BMB example cub. Great profile.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
308 at 44 inches, down to 255 and 40 inches, back up to 280 and 40/42 inches.

When I hit 308 i said to myself, I am not standing for this. Scott and I, at the time, ate WAY too much. Buffets all the time, eating some of the wrong stuff.

I modified my diet - got rid of the fries (for the most part), junk foods, made subtitutes. Over time I started eating salads exclusively at lunch, or at most a wrap, etc... I then had to watch the portions of food I was eating - especially on business trips and still struggling that way, again.
cosmic_coyote
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Buffets can be killers. Even if you're going to a "healthy" place like sushi or the Mongolian Grill, the temptation to overeat is there (at least for me) Fortunately I've been able to say "I've had enough" before I get full.

Chaz, when You memt me last year I was well over 350lbs and a 52" waist. Currently I'm down to about 338 and a nice fitting 48" waist. I hope to be down to about a 46" for the Run.

I've been doing a couple of Aquafit classes each week (for the last two weeks admittedly...) as a change of pace and HOLY! those are good workouts.
mc4bbs
Aug. 1st, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Buffets can be killers. Even if you're going to a "healthy" place like sushi or the Mongolian Grill, the temptation to overeat is there (at least for me) Fortunately I've been able to say "I've had enough" before I get full.


After changing your intake, over a period of time, you get that "full feeling" with a lot less food. Rice used to make Sushi, like all rice, is loaded with carbs -- but rice also tends to swell in your stomach and make you feel fuller; provided you eat at a reasonable pace!

When I was younger, well before the "bear movement", my parents would encourage me to "get their hard-earned money's worth" at restaurants that offered buffets. Little did they know the feeling that I was doing something good to make Mum & Dad proud of me would carry on to situations later in life when I would be depressed and need a little pride in myself and related it to eating large quantities. It took a long time to break this "eat to feel proud" habit.

Chaz, when You meet me last year I was well over 350lbs and a 52" waist. Currently I'm down to about 338 and a nice fitting 48" waist. I hope to be down to about a 46" for the Run.


Losing weight is a tough thing! It's easy for people to shake their finger and be all high and mighty when they're skinny regardless of what they eat (you know the type! -- We all do!)

I've been doing a couple of Aquafit classes each week (for the last two weeks admittedly...) as a change of pace and HOLY! those are good workouts.


... and Aquafit classes are low impact, which is great for your cardiovascular system too! My Mum does them too!
cosmic_coyote
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
I very rarely use food for comfort or feeling better. I admit there are times though.

And that's the thing with the Aquafit classes. It's me and a WHOLE LOTTA older women.

But the instructor's cute in a twinky kinda way.

I do have to say that Aquafit is where circut boys learn to dance....
mathan
Jul. 31st, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
This was me, BTW - didn't realize I was logged out
mc4bbs
Aug. 1st, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Give me the CHOCOLATE and no one gets hurt!

308 at 44 inches, down to 255 and 40 inches, back up to 280 and 40/42 inches.

When I hit 308 i said to myself, I am not standing for this. Scott and I, at the time, ate WAY too much. Buffets all the time, eating some of the wrong stuff.

I modified my diet - got rid of the fries (for the most part), junk foods, made subtitutes. Over time I started eating salads exclusively at lunch, or at most a wrap, etc... I then had to watch the portions of food I was eating - especially on business trips and still struggling that way, again.


Little changes like that can be all you need!

I have carb and sugar cravings all the time.

Ice cream, chocolate, cheese and pizza are my big weaknesses.

jarlsberg71
Jul. 31st, 2006 05:44 am (UTC)
A couple things....
(for example, over 350lbs/130kg)

I hope your math is wrong... I'm 100 pounds less than 350, and I'm 115KG,s so those last 15KG's must REALLY pack a punch ;)

Back in 2000, I collapsed when I had the flu and was massively dehydrated. the firedept/ambulence crew would not carry me down my stairs at 265 pounds then. (personally I thought this was BS) I had collapsed and my back slammed into a corner newel post on my stairs, really hurting my back and making walking not really an option. They did help me down the stairs and put me in a gurney and took me away. It was rough that night knowing I was too big to be moved from the 2nd floor of a brownstone.
mc4bbs
Aug. 1st, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: A couple things....
(for example, over 350lbs/130kg)

I hope your math is wrong... I'm 100 pounds less than 350, and I'm 115KG,s so those last 15KG's must REALLY pack a punch ;)
1 Avoirdupois Pound = 0.45359237 Kilograms

250 x 0.45359237 = 113.398093,
350 x 0.45359237 = 158.757329

350lbs(apoth) ~ 130kg

Yep -- I converted improperly... I was using Apothecary (Troy) Pounds, not Avoirdupois pounds (the ones for general use in the United States) for the conversions. Damn old imperial system!!

Maybe I had stones in my brain ;-)

I only weigh 12.9 stone!!

(One stone is 6.35kg or 14lbs)

Back in 2000, I collapsed when I had the flu and was massively dehydrated. the firedept/ambulence crew would not carry me down my stairs at 265 pounds then. (personally I thought this was BS) I had collapsed and my back slammed into a corner newel post on my stairs, really hurting my back and making walking not really an option. They did help me down the stairs and put me in a gurney and took me away. It was rough that night knowing I was too big to be moved from the 2nd floor of a brownstone.
265lbs (120kg / 19 Stone) does not seem like a hell of a lot for a rescue crew to be carrying (to me), especially considering that we've now got some extremely obese (over 1,000lbs, 457kg / 72 Stone) here in the United States!

Though the average weight for men aged 20-39 years increased by nearly 20 pounds over the last four decades, the increase was greater among older men:

- Men between the ages of 40 and 49 were nearly 27 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared to 1960.

- Men between the ages of 50 and 59 were nearly 28 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared to 1960.

- Men between the ages of 60 and 74 were almost 33 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared to 1960.

jarlsberg71
Aug. 1st, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: A couple things....
Sweet!!! only 18 stone!
bigfootcub
Jul. 31st, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
One thing to keep in mind as well are people who have psych issues. I have dysthimia wich is a constant low grade depression that got recently diagnosed. ( think Eyore from Winne the Pooh)

My point is that sometimes it is more then just choices of food. Sometimes we depressive eat (wich I am guilty of) I am not happy with my body, but trying to work on it. Lost 30 lbs since last year.

hope my 2 cents is constructive
mc4bbs
Aug. 1st, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
One thing to keep in mind as well are people who have psych issues. I have dysthimia wich is a constant low grade depression that got recently diagnosed. ( think Eyore from Winne the Pooh)

My point is that sometimes it is more then just choices of food. Sometimes we depressive eat (wich I am guilty of) I am not happy with my body, but trying to work on it. Lost 30 lbs since last year.

hope my 2 cents is constructive


Absolutely, you're correct; however, it's a vicious cycle!

1) Eat to feel better
2) Gain weight and feel bad
3) goto #1

The same can be said of many other things that are addictions.

In a case where over-eating is associated as a "reward" type system, help from a professional group, like Overeaters Anonymous is a big help! However, substitution of eating with another, preferably healthier habit, such as walking, swimming, working out, would be the best thing to do.

Sometimes, the root cause of the mental disturbance needs to be addressed with pharmaceuticals prior to attempting to diet.

Even in the worst situations, there are food items that can occupy stomach space, providing "full" feeling without adding to caloric intake, such as water, or diet jell-o.

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