Monday, July 28, 2008

The blame game!!!

The best part about google news is – it accumulates all kinds of news without any geography bias, area of interest bias or intellectual bias. The news might not be as timely or relevant as on some other news specific sites but the accumulation does manage to cover the plethora of news. Sometimes you bump into some news article which you would not have read otherwise like this one - Are you overweight? Blame your friends

To avoid your trouble of going through the entire page, this entire article says is – in case you think you have some extra KGs of flesh at wrong places, look for your friends having same plight and blame them for your overburden. After all, it’s the company one keeps which shapes him.

All my life I have always wondered the existence of this problem, being overweight. I have always been on the other side but entirely alone. All my friends have always been on the other side ridiculing me, I have always laughed at them knowing they envy superhuman metabolics of my body.

Coming back to the study, it says

People are influenced by the weight of those around them without being aware of it, leading to a "spiral of obesity".

Hence the only way to get out of this vicious cycle is, leave your fat friends and come in the slim company of someone like, yours truly. Someone must have done this study ages ago and shared it with the un-fairer sex, men. Now I realized why the fairer sex was never interested in my company. Not that the females thought they were clearly out of this vicious cycle – every female thinks she has some extra flesh at wrong places. It is because that very someone deprived the fairer sex of this vital information. Damn, it’s not only gender bias but someone has always been conspiring against me.

It further says

Using data on 27,000 Europeans from 29 countries, the researchers find that nearly half of European women feel overweight.

Does it mean more than half of European women feel they are either right-weight or underweight? Existence of the first type is as unlikely as a lack of news on IndiaTV. Existence of second type is as unlikely as sensible news on IndiaTV. All it means that more than half European women are overweight which completes the pie in one color. And we Indians, complaining of disfigured Indian beauties, go to Goa in search of 34-26-34 white skinny beauties clad in a two piece bikini just to wait for the change over time.

Overall, the researchers believe that a person’s "utility" (an economic term roughly meaning satisfaction levels) depends on their own weight relative to the weight of those around them. They suggest that it is easier to be fat in a society that is fat.

Now I realize why England keeps relying in so many “utility” cricketers like Mark Ilham or Robert Croft. Mike Gatting would have wanted them to give some obese comfort from the company surrounding him. For those who may not remember, he was the very same English player to complain of terrible treatment given to visiting teams in India when he was food poisoned due to “poor quality of prawns which were picked from Chennai gutters” in England’s tour to India in 1993. Hotel staff, when questioned about the quality of food, told that Gatting looked like a hungry kid who was eating as if they don’t feed him at all in his home.

However, the authors also found a significant gender split. Females were much more prone, for any given BMI value, to feel overweight.

Precisely, but why do you need a survey based research to prove that how many people think that Himesh Bhai has artificial hair (on his head i.e., rest could well be real but I am not interested), Ajit Agarkar has always been India’s best potential all rounder (Just that potential has always been, well potential), Noida Police is the most imaginatively intelligent Police in the world (In fact they should be signed by Abbas-Mastan for some original thriller stories) or Mayavati is the best possible prime ministerial candidate available ( I have never ever so desperately wished for my country – “definitely not the best wishes). These are gospel truths.One does not need a research to prove them. Anyhow, when was the last time a female asking you about her figure said – “Hey, don’t you think I have become really slim? May be I should eat a bit more.”

Professor Andrew Oswald at the University of Warwick, one of the researchers, says

Consumption of calories has gone up but that does not tell us why people are eating more. Some have argued that obesity has been produced by cheaper food, but if fatness is a response to greater purchasing power, why do we routinely observe that rich people are thinner than poor people?

Assuming Professor Oswald would love to find a global fit for the patterns he has researched; let’s try fitting it in India. Perhaps he hasn’t seen the affluent Gujju uncles taking to royal rides in Mumbai locals (in Mumbai, being affluent doesn’t mean you can avoid the royal rides, you need to be super-opulent) who carry tyres around their waists which are as heavy as my entire body. Or he would need to be shown rickshaw-pullers or the laborers on a construction sites who have perfectly fit bodies.

How many rickshaw-pullers or labors or washer men or fishers have you seen who would fall in overweight category, leave aside obese? Primarily, weight is a function of how much you intake and how much you offload. Yeah there could be other health reasons but they form a smaller part of the reasons. Such researches are a mean to earn one’s intake and generally generate a lot of offload. All most none of my friends are completely happy with their jobs. May be next research will reveal that education leads to job dissatisfaction.

P.S.: To all my overweight friends (actually all of them are) – read this article. I am your true friend to inspire towards a healthier life. Please pay my fee.

P.S. again: The article may mean differently also but I tried to make fun of this research without thoroughly reading it. After all, it’s my blog and I will do what I want.

Last P.S.: Okay, enough of P.S. No more now.

1 comment:

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