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brian


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Post: #1
11-03-2008 03:51 PM

I went into Lewisham Borough Council's Health web site yesterday. I was shocked to discover that over 19% of the good citizens are obese. Am I alone in being shocked.

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hilltopgeneral


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Post: #2
11-03-2008 04:27 PM

No. Do you not see them all waddling around?

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Londondrz


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Post: #3
11-03-2008 04:50 PM

Seems fairly low to me.

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nevermodern


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Post: #4
11-03-2008 05:02 PM

What? The percentage, or the comments?

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Londondrz


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11-03-2008 06:05 PM

The percentage but now that you meantion it.........Laugh

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roz


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Post: #6
11-03-2008 06:59 PM

What category are you in, Brian? The 19% or the 81%?

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Perryman


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11-03-2008 07:12 PM

You are not alone.
Electro-shock is the latest in pie-aversion therapy.....

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thenutfield


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11-03-2008 11:47 PM

does that mean 81% are the right size - you could have fooled me!

and how do they know anyway? As far as I can remember, no council officer has ever weighed meSmile

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michael


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Post: #9
12-03-2008 12:08 AM

The UK obesity rate is 23%*, so Lewisham is thinner than the rest of the country. Statistics without context is like a cheeseburger without a bun.

*Source http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_ob...th-obesity

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brian


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Post: #10
12-03-2008 08:36 AM

Hi Roz
I think most people would put me in the 81% . I realise there are more large people arround these days but did not realise it was that bad.
I remember thinking back to the days of Hattie Jacques ( not sure how many of you will remember her ). Her main claim to fame was her size as she really stood out. I doubt if anyone would notice her today .

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Londondrz


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12-03-2008 08:39 AM

I have to say that I find the methods used to judge obesity odd. Whilst in my dotage I am well over weight I can still tie my shoe laces (no slip on's for me yet). When I was in my prime and playing rugby at six foot two and sixteen and a half stone of pure brawn I was considered obese??

You are only as fat as you feel.Thumbsup

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roz


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12-03-2008 11:46 AM

I love the sketch in Little Miss Jocelyn with the obesity nurse and her range of charts- very funny.

When we went to the States a few years back we were amazed to see so many hugely overweight people, and I mean very large indeed. I have rarely seen this here.
It is not very hard to qualify as ' obese' in the UK with the one size fits all ( Ha ha) BMI charts which dont really adjust for muscle or bone type. I know women who seem thin to me but who are deemed obese or overweight. But them I am probably deceiving myself about a lot of things...

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