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  • Heh, I was going to say something similar, Ann (except I usually do eat kind of low carb). I don't like most bread much and certainly don't have an urge to overeat it, and the breads I do like (like naan), I eat rarely. Yet I got fat and I lost weight all without changing my bread consumption (which was limited for…
  • I disagree. From experience on this forum, "we" don't all know it, many people deny it or don't believe it, and think there's something wrong if they "eat healthy" and don't lose. I myself managed to gain eating pretty healthy (and in a somewhat neurotic way for some time similar to what is called "clean" by some). Once…
  • I am lower carb and recommend the low carber daily forum group linked above (although I can't seem to log lately and have not been participating). If you want a thread with ideas for carb subs or how to lower carbs some, I'd be in. Tonight I'm having salmon, broccoli, and beets instead of a starch, for example -- I really…
  • So sorry! Did they not give you the option to medicate him? My cat is hyperthyroid, but also has a severe vet fear, so I was doing pills (2x/day) and then switched to this option you rub in the ear. He's pretty good about pills, though, so I might shift back -- he also has asthma which requires a pill for now so I was…
  • https://www.covid19.nh.gov/ Positivity rate is 2.3%, so it's not just people not getting tested. Only 20 current hospitalizations. NYTimes says 75% over 18 are partially vaxxed and 68% fully (the vax numbers on the site I linked are for everyone, including kids under 12 who are not eligible).
  • Yes, the link I included about the silly lawsuit said as much, although it also said it was shown as part of a breakfast that actually would have been fine. For some reason, I've never had a huge interest in trying it.
  • Interesting--I find many people I know in the US have never tried nutella (I haven't), and I've never seen an ad for it. I mostly know of it from Europeans, although it's not a surprising thing to find on the menu as part of some dish in a brunch restaurant (there's a Nutella Cafe here, although I've never been). Never…
  • Why we have the insurance model (although it's not really much like most other kinds of insurance): during WW2 the gov't was controlling wages to limit inflation and companies wanted to compete for workers (scarce due to the war) and so started offering health insurance benefits. It didn't count as wages to the worker so…
  • I think this fits better in the obesity epidemic thread, but I do think that healthcare providers and insurance can maybe be a piece of the puzzle such as through the incentives I mentioned. I would also say (as that thread's OP was discussing) that having coverage that would aid with nutrition and weight issues would be…
  • It really doesn't (and I would expect a referral to a dietitian if that kind of diet evaluation was needed or if I'd wanted weight loss help). Example of what my doctor does is in the thread already, but I'll repeat. Doctor: technically you are a bit over the healthy BMI (I was around 26.5) but seem fit, your blood…
  • Just for the record, I think this is way too much of a generalization about doctors. A doctor who relied on assumptions like that and didn't have an actual conversation and assessment about fitness is IMO a bad doctor. Also, it can't be just relying on BMI, since the BMI was nowhere near overweight. If the doctor was used…
  • That's truly insane. I would have questioned why he thought that, and what his understanding of a healthy weight was based on. (It's not BMI, as 130 and 5'6 is 21. Nor is it because he's not a bodybuilder, as I don't think only bodybuilders would consider someone 5'6, 130, and with a low BF% to NOT be near overweight.)
  • I suspect the RDA is based on someone who needs a 2000 cal diet, as that's how most else is calculated, but I don't know for sure. I would think someone maintaining on 1500 and someone maintaining on 4000 would have different needs, but haven't researched it. (The average US male is eating too many cals for his healthy…
  • Yes, it's very easy to eat a generally healthy diet in terms of nutrients and to be relatively active and yet be overweight in our current food climate. Sure, but that doesn't mean calories don't matter and that doesn't explain the BMI gain over time -- which is one f the most useful ways to employ BMI. If the average…
  • Yes, I understand you are talking about foods culinarily classed as veg (some of which are actually fruits). Depending on one's overall diet and calorie needs, as well as RDA needs based on size, it may well be possible to get 100% of everything we now are aware of without veg, but I think it would be a lot harder and if…
  • Sometimes, and I agree with those who see no reason not to. I enjoy diet coke, but even more diet ginger ales and various other rarer options. I drink mostly water and coffee and when I remember make iced tea from herbal teas, but there's a place in my life for diet soda.
  • That's usually the case in Chicago as well. It's also why public transit is normally preferable to driving for a commute IME.
  • I believe the strange part wasn't the 0 out of pocket, but the $8K total cost, which does seem so low as to be strange, but I would guess that Tricare negotiated a good deal for themselves, as they may have the power to.
  • If using the information on the package, it's raw weight (without bones) except bacon typically is cooked weight. If using the good entries (from the USDA), they specify raw or cooked and cooking method. So long as you choose one that is consistent with how it was when you weighed it, doesn't matter.
  • I don't think it would cause weight stigma inherently, but it would make getting insurance more difficult (do you have to be weighed first?) and seems like it could be logistically difficult if you have workplace insurance (for example, does someone in admin have information about who is classed as obese?). I also wouldn't…
  • What are the accurate measurements in this case you think we are missing? Re the doctor question, I went to my doctor when I was in the midst of losing and was 26.5 BMI. My dr said "you are technically overweight but I see no issues, tests seem good, you seem healthy, how do you eat and how do you exercise?" I explained I…
  • Morbidly obese is a technical term and you are not (although you are close to the lower edge). It means either BMI of 40+ or 100 lbs over your ideal weight (which is not defined subjectively). At 5'5 and 240, you are 39.9 BMI, so at least obese, technically (which just means over 30 BMI). Yeah, muscle mass may make that…
  • Our small stores are the most likely to still require masking, and their limits are quite small, way lower than normal customer #s pre covid. Most larger stores are 100% back to normal but for the "please mask if not vaccinated." I think most would mask until about 3 weeks ago, and then people just stopped and now most are…
  • Yeah, I bet we could map age by that. We got Ethiopia too, or more generically Africa. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123124017
  • Yes, it's completely true. I wanted to get vaxxed to protect myself, sure, and same with most people I know, but I also think vaccines are important (and would get vaxxed even if I thought there was no risk to myself from covid) bc it has helped things go back to normal (and thus the economy), and bc I think the more…
  • It's definitely a new policy in that store, and not something that's required in all groceries here. (Groceries in IL sell all kinds of alcohol and it's not new. Laws relating to alcohol sales are state-specific in the US, though.)
  • I've told this story before, but I was helping card people for a church Oktoberfest one year and we were told they could get in trouble if we didn't card everyone, so at times I was asking people who were probably in their 80s for ID (one had to have someone go back and get it), and getting laughed at. Most people…
  • Yeah, common in US. You are right about what it means, usually related to buying booze or cigs. Re Quebec, seems clear its a plan if things get out of control from the Delta variant due to the vaccination levels (which are way better than many US states).