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ferny
04-25-2005, 04:39 PM
Living Longer Is the Best Revenge
By DAVID BROOKS

Published: April 24, 2005

The release of a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicating that overweight people actually live longer than normal-weight people represents an important moment in the history of world civilization. It is the moment when we realize that Mother Nature - unlike Ivy League admissions committees - doesn't like suck-ups.

It turns out she doesn't like those body-worshiping, multi-abbed marvels who've spent so much time at the bench press machine they look as if they have thighs growing out of either side of their necks. She doesn't like those health-conscious rice cake addicts you see at Manhattan restaurants ordering a skinned olive for lunch and sitting there looking trim and fit in their tapered blouses while their buns of steel leave permanent dents in the upholstery.

Mother Nature, we now know, is a saucy wench, who likes to play cosmic tricks on humanity. If the report from researchers at the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is correct - and it is the most thorough done to date - then it seems that Mother Nature has built a little Laffer curve into the fabric of reality: health-conscious people can hit a point of negative returns, so the more fit they are, the quicker they kick the bucket. People who work out, eat responsibly and deserve to live are more likely to be culled by the Thin Reaper.

In reality, life is perverse and human beings don't get what they deserve. The people with the worst grades start the most successful businesses. The shallowest people end up blissfully happy and they are so vapid they don't even realize how vapid they are because vapidity is the only trait that comes with its own impermeable obliviousness system. The people regarded as lightweights, like F.D.R., J.F.K. and Ronald Reagan, make the best presidents, while you - so much more thoughtful and better read - would be a complete disaster.

Life isn't fair, logic is of limited value and, as Woody Allen observed years ago, everything your parents once thought was good for you turns out to be bad for you: sun, milk, red meat and college.

The chief moral lesson I take away from this report is that Mother Nature is happy to tolerate marginally irresponsible misbehavior. She doesn't want you to go completely to seed. If you're truly obese and arouse hippos when you visit the zoo, you could still punch your ticket at any moment.

But she does want you to eat the occasional Cinnabon, so long as it isn't bigger than Delaware. She wants you to have that fourth glass of wine, and lecture the dinner table on the future of the papacy based on your extensive reading of "The Da Vinci Code." She wants a little socially productive mediocrity.

Darwin was wrong when he talked about the survival of the fittest: it's really the survival of the healthy enough to get by. As it says in the Good Book, the last shall sometimes be first, the meek shall inherit the earth, and the chubby will get extra biscuits at the breakfast buffet.

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Was I EVER happy to read this article!! :ee:

Muuuuhahaha...adios...gonna get more donuts!! :cool:

Ferns

BTW: was that my 1000th post??..and what a happy post it is! :ee:

coolian
04-25-2005, 04:52 PM
Sure was! Congrats for having survived till now!

butterfly
04-25-2005, 04:53 PM
This indeed is asurprise Ferns :)


The shallowest people end up blissfully happy and they are so vapid they don't even realize how vapid they are because vapidity is the only trait that comes with its own impermeable obliviousness system. The people regarded as lightweights, like F.D.R., J.F.K. and Ronald Reagan, make the best presidents, while you - so much more thoughtful and better read - would be a complete disaster.
Very True...ppl who are very easygoing get to Live longer than ppl who worry for anything & everything

SideTrack :Congrats on ur 1000 post :sm08:

vasan
04-25-2005, 07:18 PM
Darwin was wrong when he talked about the survival of the fittest: it's really the survival of the healthy enough to get by. As it says in the Good Book, the last shall sometimes be first, the meek shall inherit the earth, and the chubby will get extra biscuits at the breakfast buffet.

Yahhooooo !!! Ferns, you are the bestest girl in the whole wide world.. (WWW!!) :P :P I know chubby kids have extra biscuits in the breakfast table.. :P :P (or more idlies at my home.. :wink: :wink: Always had... :dance: :dance:)

Gotta try that six-dollar burger, right this minute.. :P :P

Vasan

ps: Teenaaaa...... Neenga rendu varushamaa paarththu paarththu potta topics ellaam, Ferns changed it in one minute.. :P :P Don't worry, I still won't eat chocolates.. :wink:

Bluelotus
04-25-2005, 08:11 PM
right, okie and sure ...

but they live longer cos they're on so much medication....
I think all this article is saying that deprivation is just as bad as excess/overindulgence. So a balance of both shoudl keep you in betetr health than both sets.

so do have that dounut but accompany it with an apple and a cup of sugar free coffee :ahha:
have that cream cake with green tea :wink:

congrats fern babe :sm08:


thatthaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,
Teena is going to come and send you to diet school :sm12:


blue.

vasan
04-25-2005, 08:36 PM
cup of sugar free coffee :ahha:

Atta Girl !

Why spoil a perfect brew with wile white cubes.. :evil: :evil:

Coffee ellaam appadiye kudikkalam.. :P :P

v- :wink: