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Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Quit Yer Whinning and Move Around Some

By Steven Taylor @ 2:08 pm

This post at OTB elicits the following responses:

1) I am living proof that fast food is not addictive-you can say no! How do I know this? I worked at McDonalds for about three years-and even ate free as a shift manager for about a year. These days I only eat at McDonalds when we are on a long road trip and the kids need a playland in which to expend some energy. I could never eat at McDonalds again and be perfectly happy. And let’s face facts: in general fast food isn’t very good.

And since I reject the argument that since nicotine is addictive that smokers can’t help themselves, you can be guaranteed that I don’t buy the argument that people are helpless before the might of tv commercials for fattening foods. Please.

2) The secret to losing weigh is simple: activity. When my wife and I lived in Bogota, Colombia for a year in 94-95 as I was doing my dissertation research we did not have a car. As a result, we walked a lot. I was just looking through a photo album last night and man I was skinny back then-yes, I was younger, but the main thing was all the walking. I easily weighed twety-five pounds less then than I do now. And we hardly watched our diet. For one thing, Colombian meals are often quite starchy: rice, potatoes and yucca, so they’re carb-o-rific. Further, we lived around the corner from a nice bakery that made great cookies and wonderful bread-which we often partook of. And I recall that one of my favorite breakfast spots was the Downtown Bogota Dunkin Donunts…

The inspiration for the entire discussion is this week’s issue of Time, in which blogger and freelance write Radley Balko has a brief piece.

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  1. I’d love to see a study on the eating habits of workers and former workers in the fast food industry. (After my stint at Dunkin Donuts one summer way back when, those little greasy fat blobs never looked the same again.) So, perhaps, your work experience makes you atypical?

    Comment by Brett — Tuesday, June 1, 2004 @ 2:59 pm

  2. Perhaps-although my wife is the same way, and she never worked in fast food.

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, June 1, 2004 @ 3:06 pm

  3. I worked in a coffee shop for about a year and had all the free coffee drinks I could handle for the rest of my life…

    I can also relate to the fact that walking everywhere does wonders for weight loss. I spent about 4 months in Russia, walking most everywhere I went. My diet consisted of the normal meat and potatoes fare coupled with A LOT of coke, cookies, cakes, and yummy sweet rolls. Even with eating arguably more than I normally would at home in the States, I dropped from about 200 to about 175-180. Quite impressive for a non-diet.

    Comment by Rick — Wednesday, June 2, 2004 @ 2:00 am

  4. Think simple. Learn different. Macinstruct.net

    Comment by Heneage — Monday, July 5, 2004 @ 5:13 pm

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