Saturday, January 17, 2015


I wrote a piece for PJMedia a while back about gluttony, but they never used it.  This 1/15/15 Telegraph article about gluttony and the welfare state should scare you:
A mother and daughter who get £34,000 a year in handouts because they are too fat to work say they'd rather be happy and on benefits than depressed and thin.
Janice and Amber Manzur weigh a total of 43 stone and are so overweight they have to use mobility scooters to get around.
But both women refuse to diet and mother-of-two Ms Manzur, 44, insists: "I'd rather my daughter live life on benefits being fat and happy than depressed and thin."
Ms Manzur lives in a three-bedroom house that has been customised by the council to accommodate her disability and drives a Fiat Quibo disability car worth around £15,000.


Jim Horn said...

For those on this side of the pond, a stone is 14 pounds, so 43 stone is 602 pounds, or 301 pounds each average. Not enough that it should qualify as disability - I know many folks that are heavier but still pull their weight, so to speak...

Mauser said...

Kind of a false dichotomy there too. I bet thin and happy would be even better than the two alternatives presented.

Jeff Dege said...

The critical point:

"There's no point in dieting, it doesn't make a difference."

Which is true of almost all overweight people. We've all tried to diet, and to exercise. We've tried to get healthy, using the low-fat, low-calorie, high-carb, diet, along with endless hours of cardio exercise in the "fat burning zone", and it never worked for us.

Because the advice is simply wrong. Calorie restriction does not work. Low-fat is not healthy. And hours of moderate exercise makes things worse, not better.

What people like this need, and what I needed, was simple - giving up carbs. After a while, I started looking to eating real food, and to engaging in a regular program of resistance training, and I feel a lot better, but the big change was swapping out my high-carb junk for low-carb junk.

And recognizing that the standard dietary and exercise advice is based on some very poor quality science that has been solidly refuted in the 40 years since it first became our official recommendations.

Clayton Cramer said...

Jeff: absolutely.