I liked this article on solitude vs loneliness. I lived alone, or with a cat, for most of 9 years. I learned a lot about self-reliance during that time, and also about how often the difference between solitude and loneliness is attitude. I worked on alleviating loneliness with friends, my cat, and activities — and enjoyed the solitude.
Now I don’t live alone. Avoiding loneliness is easier…but I still seek solitude.
I haven’t seen much South Park, but I know enough about Cartman to enjoy Tom Smith’s parody of the song “Bitch”. It could be interpreted as making fun of him for being fat, but when I’m on the treadmill it’s like “Fat Pride”:
Son of a bitch, I am Cartman, and I am a work of art,
Give me Cheezy Poofs galore, I am BEEFCAKE, hear me roar!
I’m a child of the Nineties, I’ll kick your little hinies,
And I wouldn’t want it any other way.
It’s on the walking playlist I’ve been using lately and it tends to give me enough “umph” to keep going for another 10-15-20 minutes ;)
You probably saw this article on how a bit of extra weight (“but not too much”) is good for you. Sandy Szwarc over at Junkfood Science bought a copy of the actual study and has some interesting notes on what isn’t in the press release:
- [The only risk with a tenable association to mortality was age.] At age 65, the relative risks of dying rose to44.35 times compared to age 25; and by age 75, relative risks are 119-fold.
- Being overweight (BMI 25 up to 30) was associated with a 25% lower risk of dying
- Being obese (BMI 30 up to 35, which includes about 80% of all obese people) was associated with a 12% lower risk of dying.
- And the risks associated with the most ‘morbidly obese’ (BMIs 35+) — the uppermost 3% of this Canadian cohort— were statistically the same as those with ‘normal’ BMIs. [RR=1.09 (0.86-1.39, 95% CI) versus RR=1.0.]
- The most significant relative risk they found was among underweight men (BMI less than 18.5) associated with a 2.5 relative risk of mortality….
Sandy is careful to point out that all the varying risks among the different weight classes are small enough (yes, even the 2.5 relative risk for underweight men compared to normal-weight men) to be attributable to random chance or unknown factors. Why, it’s almost like body size alone doesn’t dictate mortality!