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Curing obesity requires rejecting AMA calling obesity a disease

Curing obesity requires Americans  become proactive and reject the American Medical Association’s contention that obesity is a disease.

Put bluntly, the AMA is endorsing fatness as a way of life and what Americans should settle for.

I strongly suggest that in most cases  laziness, stupidity, obesity and lack of self respect causes obesity.  I also believe that the AMA is no  better than a tribal association of witch doctors.   So you might as well call me  Dr. Corbett and listen up.  If you care about curing obesity.

Let me guide you out of your fatness.  Stop believing all  this bacterial and virus nonsense the American Medical Association keeps spouting as the reason for your looking like a buffalo.  Come exercise with me, watch what you eat, and see who’s really right on this one.  The AMA or Dr. Corbett.

These are the elliptical machines and stair climbers I use at the Centara Grand Mirage Resort’s Fitness Center. I bring my own music on a usb and plug it into the machine. The music really pumps me up. On the elliptical machine I’m sweating like a mongoose in the first 10 minutes. But I’ve still got another 50 to 60 minutes to go.

Get on the elliptical machine for six days a week for an hour.  Or if you are slow, two hours a day until you exercise off 750 calories. Do it for a few months.  Watch what you eat and drink.  And keep score of  how many unnecessary calories you eat and drink.  Then come back and tell me whether or not I’m  right about curing obesity.

Think I’m off base? Consider that on February 21st, 2014 Sunday

the New York Times stated: “In June 2013, millions of Americans contracted a disease.  They developed it not because of some pathogen or illness, but thanks to the American Medical Association’s decision to label obesity a “multi-metabolic and hormonal disease state.”

Which means the AMA was telling fat Americans: “Accept your being an overgrown hippopotamus because there is nothing you can do about it.” There’s a lot to the article, which is well worth reading. Where the editorial falls short is it doesn’t provide any answers.  It  only poses the dilemma that it is difficult to make a choice between making people feel good about their obesity and inspiring them to actually do something about it.

Americans today weigh 25 pounds more than they did in the 1960’s The reason is Pizzas and McDonalds, a sedentary lifestyle and unwillingness to exercise did it.  And certainly not an incurable disease called obesity.

I am currently visiting Japan and I can guarantee you that neither the bacterial form of obesity or virus carried mutation has made any serious inroads here. For the most part I’m not seeing many fat people here in Japan.    So it’s important to look at what the Japanese are doing about  curing obesity.

A few days ago I asked my Japanese friend, Takoi, why Japanese women weren’t fat like American women. He replied: “Because Japanese women see thinness as the best way to be.”

That was in Tokyo, but now that I’m in Kyoto and have been here a few days longer, I must say that obviously the Japanese must be doing a lot of things right when it comes to being slender as opposed to the American approach advocated by the American Medical Association of “Don’t rock the boat. Feel good that you look like Jabba the Hut.”

The situation has gotten so bad that a good friend of mine who lives near me in Thailand told me, “I never want to bang another white woman ever again.” My friend is 71.

The truth is that most people can do something about their elephantine figures.

Here’s the Dr. Corbett secret.  Americans must use their brains and have the will power to do what must be done.  This is the only alternative to being ugly and fat for the rest of their lives.

Viewing themselves as victims of an incurable disease called Obesity as recommended by the AMA only serves to create an acceptance that being grotesquely fat and ugly is unavoidable.

Once again, I’m not the AMA, and I’m not about to tell you to feel good about yourself. So let’s just face the facts. Americans are not the same race of people they once were. Just keep in mind that

the average American soldier during World War II weighed just 152 pounds and that today the average American male weighs 194.7 pounds according to Wikipedia.

Whereas American females weigh 74.7 kilograms or 164.7 pounds. Good God, I’m 66 years old.  I am five foot eleven, and I still weigh only 75 kilograms,.  This is the same that I weighed in college.

So there is no excuse for  the rest of you.  I’m ashamed for my fellow Americans. The United States has become a hog farm for humans.  And I’m not afraid to say what the American Medical Association is either too gutless or too much into the profit motive to admit that Curing obesity requires Americans to actually do something about it.

Did I say profit motive?  Damn right I did. It’s either that or that  the AMA is dim witted. It all boils down to this. Fat people have a lot more health problems than thin people do. To begin with the typical American male’s heart was designed to support a body weight of 152 pounds.  This is the typical body weight of a World War II soldier. The heart was not designed to pump blood for a 195 pound body.  The human heart cannot keep supporting all those extra arteries,veins and tissue for nearly one third more body mass.

So to begin with Americans can expect a lot more circulatory problems and that means more profits for the doctors.

On the other hand, perhaps doctors are not really that greedy.  So then it’s gross stupidity that causes the AMA to lull Americans into acceptance of their corpulent bodies. And if it’s not stupidity, then it’s simply that the AMA is too gutless to tell the truth.

The truth is if you are American, chances are you are grossly overweight.  So you now have two choices. Either accept the fact that you are destined to being a fatso for the rest of your life.  Or  decide that you are going to conquer what the AMA chooses to cause a practically incurable disease called Obesity.   No matter what it takes.

The key to curing obesity is Americans must quantify how many calories they are putting into their bodies each day.  And then make sure that they burn off more calories than they consume.

For example, one bottle of lite beer contains around 110 calories. To burn that off I need to run one mile.  Or do eight minutes on the elliptical machine until the machine’s digital readout gets to 110 calories.

Centara Grand Mirage Hotel is where I have my fitness club membership. It costs a lot. But it’s got the best equipment and facility I know of. And if I am not exercising here, I am swimming for an hour a day or running 14 kilometers from Nakua Soi 16 to Walking Street and back.

I exercise very hard for one hour a day six days a week. In that hour if I’m on the elliptical machine I will burn off 750 calories which is good enough for 7  bottles of lite beer.  But if I’m drinking a non lite beer, that’ll come out to 160 calories so in that same hour I will burn off approximately 5 beers. Since I am undergoing so much pain during that hour, I favor drinking the lite beer over the higher calorie regular beer.  This means I am getting a lot more out of my one hour’s exercise.

Curing obesity at the Centara Fitness Center
It will set you back around $1000 a year and up for a fitness membership here. But figure it this way. My neighbors who play golf need a car to take them and their golf clubs way across Pattaya to the golf courses. And the fees they pay must run into the thousands. Many of my neighbors drink in the afternoons and they are going to pay a lot more for their drinks than I’ll ever pay here.  Many of them are obese, but I suppose Curing obesity is not relevant to them.

So what about one large piece of cheesecake? I’m not sure on that one, but I’ve read that an average size serving is 257 calories. This means 2.6 miles of running, fast walking, or over 20 minutes on the elliptical machine just for that single slice.

So what about those 14 beers I had last night? Yeah, I know, I know. I’m quite the derelict. 14 beers if they are lite beers comes out to around 1400 calories.

So if I am burning off 750 calories during one hour’s exercise session, it’s going to take two days in a row to burn all that beer off, which comes out to 1500 calories.  But only if these are lite beers. However I do not drink in the afternoons so a martini lunch is not in the cards.

I’ll usually have one big night out a week. But suppose I have two big nights out when I get sloshed to the gills? This comes out to 3000 calories. So I must keep in mind that 3600 calories equals one pound. If I keep that pace up for a month I’ll be gaining 3000 times 4 or 12,000 calories in that month. That means I am apt to gain about 3.5 pounds a month on account of the beer alone. However, I am hitting the exercise hard six days a week so that must be put into the equation. Six times 750 calories is 4500 calories that I’ve burned off. So that has to be balanced off against the 2800 calorie gain from  two nights beer drinking.

What all this boils down to are two words, Quantify and brain. That is one must use one’s brain to constantly quantify how many calories are being consumed versus how many calories one is burning off.  This is what it takes for curing obesity or at least to keep from becoming fat.

So what does it really take for Curing obesity?

A lot more than you think, and certainly a lot more than the doctors are telling you.  Who are recommending three days a week of exercise.  Which is complete  bull. When I work out on the elliptical machine I maintain a pace that most 30 year-olds are unwilling or unable to attain.

Perhaps I’m lucky and have been blessed with much better than average genes. But if that’s the case, there’s still hope for you.  Even if you think you have been victimized unfairly into suffering a lifetime of being fat and unsightly.

A big man often exercises next to me at the health club. Once I’ve done one hour’s torment and pain he’s just starting to hit his stride. The man will exercise for another hour. He’s British and I suppose he weighs over 300 pounds. He travels incessantly all over Southeast Asia, but when he does, he chooses hotels that have exercise rooms.  I’ve heard he’s lost at least 20 kilograms or over 50 pounds. And he’s still losing weight. But he’s got a long way to go still. His business keeps him working over 60 hours a week, yet he still manages to do two hour exercise programs.

This man knows what it takes for curing obesity. He’s an inspiration to me because I can tell you this….he’s undergoing a lot more physical pain and challenge than I’m having to overcome at just 75 kilograms. Compared to him I’m just another wimp.

You might also want to read “Centara Grand Mirage Resort (When it comes to exercising, I want the best facilities I can get.  The way I figure it, is if a lot of my friends spend thousands of dollars a year playing golf, I can justify a health club membership here.)

Views from the Exercise Room

Doing one hour straight on the elliptical machine here at the Five Star Centara Hotel, I’m nearly 100 percent focused upon my exercise. This is because there’s only one way to do certain things–the right way. I have my own USB device in the slot which means I’m listening to my own music instead of the hotel’s which is pretty awful. I’m not learning Thai–I have another USB device with thirty half hour Pimsleur Thai lessons which I used to listen to whole doing my workout. The reason I’m not is I get too focused on the Thai lessons so when I finish my hour on the machine I use up only 600 calories if that much. It’s also a letdown so trying to learn Thai on the machine makes me less motivated. If I play the right kind of music, I’ll get 700 calories out of the machine. That means theoretically in five sessions, if I don’t eat or drink too much I’ll lose 3500 calories, and it takes 3600 calories to lose just one pound. I’m doing 5.5 exercise sessions per week, so if I can lose 1 pound a week or four pounds a month. And I’m probably hitting the machine harder than anyone else in the room unless it’s Lutz the East German who sometimes works out on the machine next to me. What this place really needs, and what every similarly equipped exercise in the world needs are specially engineered machines that operate a lot like slot machines.

The principal behind such machines would be the same whether the exercise machine is an elliptical machine, which is my favorite in the whole place, a treadmill, bicycling machine or stair climber. The Centara has USB slots in most of these types, most of which retail for $10,000 each. But then the Centara is a five star hotel, I pay a lot of money to be a member of its physical fitness center, and the equipment alone here costs a fortune to buy and maintain. You get what you pay for. And I get a body that weighs just 75 kilograms which is the same I weighed in College which is not bad considering that was over forty years ago and much of the time I was on the college cross country running team. I have a pretty good idea of what I’m doing. But most people don’t which is perhaps the main reason why Americans weight twenty-five pounds more than they did when I was back in college. And that is the whole idea behind the slot machine like exercise machines I have in mind.

When I think of that article Newsweek printed several years ago suggesting that exercising did not help Americans burn off calories because it tended to create an excuse for snacking afterwards, I keep thinking of all the dumb people I’ve met in the gym over the years including this one. The gist of the Newsweek article went like this. A person goes through his/her exercise routine, and after completing it, feels good about himself/herself which becomes reason enough for having a couple of drinks or having a piece of cheesecake or other desert. So whatever calories one’s consumed by exercising is now more than made up by the extra food intake, beer, coca colas or other soft drinks. When I read that article I felt Newsweek was being extremely irresponsible because the message I was getting was, “Why exercise. It really doesn’t do any good.”

I’m still going to get to my idea for a new line of exercise machines. It’s just going to take a little longer to explain. When I go out at night, I might drink as many as 14 beers. After all, I live in Pattaya which is the most fun city on the planet. I really enjoy the comradely of my friends who come from all over the world–countries such as Germany, Norway, England, Austria, and even in my home country, the U.S., the place hardly ever closes, and the women are the most beautiful in the world. The problem is it’s so much fun here that men have major problems keeping out of the bars. Realizing this, I will go out and try to have a great time, but I will also limit such fun times to a manageable level. Say I drink 14 beers. What that means is I must exercise like hell the next day for an entire hour, and I do mean hard. Weight lifting, leg lifts, chin ups and all that doesn’t even count. I need to be going flat out without let up as hard as I can for one whole hour straight, and all that intermittent activity is simply not going to do the job. As for strength and muscle tone, doing the elliptical or rowing machine is going to give me all the muscle I’m going to need, especially when I am also doing the 45 minute swimming sessions. Even at that, I’m still deceiving myself. I just remember that I drank 14 beers so exercising flat out for an hour the next day is only going to get rid of seven beers, so I will still have to come out to do another hour’s exercise the next day to get rid of the remaining 700 calories. And that’s only if I”m drinking San Miguel Lights which according to San Miguel contain only 100 calories each. If I had been drinking Heinekens or Singhas at 160 calories a bottle I’d would have only exercised away 8.75 bottles of Heineken after two nights of pummeling my body on the elliptical machine.

What I have in mind for those who cannot figure all this out are slot machine like displays. The way it works is this: Say it takes a person fifteen minutes to do 160 calories. That’s one beer whereas a light beer runs around 100-110 calories. So whenever someone’s exercising does 160 calories an icon of a beer bottle comes up. Suppose then that the same person does 320 calories and it takes him half an hour to do it. A new icon comes up with two bottles of beer on it.

But there’s got to be a lot more to it than that, even though the exercise machine is getting the right message across. But think about what’s happening so far. Whoever’s exercising on this machine has worked out pretty hard and it’s taken him half an hour just to balance out two beers he’s consumed the night before or the six beers he’s thinking about drinking tonight. After forty-five minutes have passed, chances are he’s starting to feel the strain of so much exercise, and yet, an icon for just three beers pops up. So far, the machine has shown him just where he stands by introducing the Jack’s Corbett’s Theory of Relativity. Which is: it’s easy to down three bottles of beer but it takes considerable effort to eliminate their fattening effect on the human body.

The machines need to be programmed to do a lot more than just showing how many beers a person’s balanced out through his exercise program. I suggest showing light beers as well. And that one never knows ahead of time if his progress will be measured in light beers or regular beers. So when the icons come up for the number of light beers a person’s removed from his growing beer belly, two light beers will equal 220 calories. But…to make the program even more informative and effective we need to throw in Coca Colas and other soft drinks such as Sprites, Orange Fantas and so on. What most Americans don’t realize or want to conveniently forget is that a single one of these soft drinks will be roughly the same as a bottle of regular beer—160 calories.

Getting back to that old Newsweek article, whoever wrote it, suggests that most Americans who exercise use whatever exercise they do at the health club as an excuse to get an ice cream, a piece of pie or something else that’s full of empty calories. So the exercise machines need to also be programmed to pop up icons of pieces of pie, ice cream sundaes, etc.

Things are now starting to get very interesting for whoever’s using the machines. Still, we haven’t gone far enough. What we really need is a computer program for the exercise machines that will successfully compete with the entertainment provided by video games, text messaging and Facebook. So what I suggest is that just as Centara’s exercise machines are currently doing by asking users to key in their weight, age, and exercise goals, that they build into that a feedback system. Suppose for example that a man takes fifty minutes to do just 320 calories on the machine. When he finishes his exercise a message can pop up that reads something like, “You Lazy Sloth. My grandmother can do better than that.” Or a 16 year old male gets off an exercise machine after exercising for just fifteen minutes. For the sixteen year old a message might pop up that reads, “For a 16 year old you are very soft. We doubt that the Army would ever accept you and if it did, you’d be sure to fail basic training.”

For a young woman who gets off an exercise machine after just ten minutes a message might pop up that reads, “You will soon become a fat cow if you keep such a lazy performance up.” Or say a man who’s keyed in his weight at 95 kilos puts in a bad performance on the machine will be prompted with a message that reads, “You really are a sad tub of lard. Be content with remaining fat for the rest of your life.”

I know all of this sounds harsh, but people need to know the truth and the truth is the world as we once knew it is rapidly becoming a world of fat. Even the Chinese are getting fat due to their becoming more affluent and being able to adopt an American diet of Kentucky Fried Chicken and fries, McDonald’s, Pizza, and Burger King Whoppers.

Believe me, I’m not just picking on Americans. As a German doctor once told me, “I don’t care what country the young people are coming from but when you look at World War II and what we Germans, you Americans, the Russians, English, etc went through none of us would be able to endure what all those soldiers survived. People today have gotten so soft.” Americans are still among the hardest working people on earth. Their problem is they’ve just gotten way too fat.

But Americans, I noticed a long time ago, have adopted an exercise system of their own. It goes like this. An American man or woman age 16 to 50 goes to the health club. He/she now runs around the track for a couple of minutes or uses a weight machine and then this individual heads to the drinking fountain. It’s now time to take in everyone who’s nearby who’s also going through the motions of exercising. Our busy walker now begins to talk with whoever else is around that he or she knows. After a few minutes it’s time to do another set of weights or whatever the person is doing. Perhaps even a minute or two of running around the track. But two minutes will be pretty extreme for such a person. The key after all is to check out who else is there, to engage in a little idle chit chat and then to run off to the sauna or Jacuzzi in order to find even more people to gossip with. The presence of a sauna, steam room or a Jacuzzi is very critical in a decent exercise facility because our stalwart exercise afficionado cannot manage all this self deception forever. Only by spending at least ten minutes in the hot tub/Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room can the self-deluder have the slightest excuse for believing that any meaningful time was spent at any of the health club’s facilities.

Okay…it that’s the American style of exercise, what’s the Asian way? Thankfully I’m in a very good position to answer that one because when I’m over exercising at the Centara Fitness Center I’ve got a lot more Asians exercising around me than Americans. I’ll have to say roughly half the Asians who come here on a regular basis actually do spend a little time at it. All of these would be Thais, however because if they exercise on a regular basis week in and week out, then they have to be residents of Pattaya. I’ve heard from the employees here that twenty of them are doctors. But there’s a lot of Asians who exercise who are hotel guests at the Centara who are paying $150 to $200 a night to stay here and many of them a great deal more than that. These are the least committed of all. They are also the fattest. Most of the young ones will get on the elliptical machine for about five minutes and that’s about it. And very few of them will do the rowing machine on account of its being too difficult for them. If they were Americans I’d really be embarrassed for them, but they aren’t. Then there are the older ones and they are from all over Asia be it from Thailand, Korea, China or wherever. Oftentimes I’ve seen them answering calls on their cell phones while going through the motions of exercising on the elliptical machine or treadmill. The Koreans in particular have a particular affinity for completely ruining an exercise session because their cell phones were more important to them than staying trim and fit. But the High So’s from Bangkok also appear to be pretty competent with their cell phones.

And then there are the Iphone worshipers. These might be the most pathetic of the entire lot. I keep wanting to ask them: “How can you do any kind of a job exercising while you are playing around on your iphone?”

And then there are the swimmers. Now don’t get me wrong, there are actually Thais who take their swimming seriously. On the other hand, this hotel gets extremely crowded with rich people staying here who are from Bangkok. I wind up oftentimes seeing a young guy bring his girlfriend or wife to the lap pool which is right in front of the elliptical machines. So I am able to observe their exercise methods thoroughly. In most cases the women do a lot more swimming than the men, with most of the mean appearing rather soft in their bellies. The woman might actually swim two or three laps in the twenty-five meter lap pool while her boyfriend or husband meanders around for a few feet, and walks halfway down the length of the pool before ascending the ladder so that he can get his rest, or immediately retires to one of the recliners so that he can watch his woman swim a couple of times around the pool. Once in awhile a young man might bring his woman to the middle of the lap pool where he starts making out with her while being completely unaware of the other swimmers trying to get around them.

The Norwegians and the Swedes, the English, and the Germans, Dutch etc are usually health club members paying a princely sum for a year’s membership, and being on the whole a frugal people such Europeans are pretty serious about their exercise. And then there are the Russians, some of whom undoubtedly stay here full time like myself. But a large portion of the Russians are hotel guests who do not have annual health club memberships. Most Russians are pretty serious about their exercise programs. However, most of the Russian men seem to go out for the weight lifting and the hotel’s ample lineup of strength building machines. Having huge muscular bodies seems to be a pretty macho thing with such Russians and I’ve seen a lot of the Russian women about as dedicated as the men. There’s more Russian women than men, however, who go for the aerobics machines such as the elliptical, stair climbers, treadmills and so on. Some of these Russian women are very dedicated and they have the bodies to prove it. I remember one attractive Russian woman in her middle twenties to early thirties who’d exercise nearly every day for three hours straight. But I think I’ll call her, “Icy Eyes” because not once over a two month period did she ever smile at either me or any of my friends nor did she so much as say hello even after she was spoken to first. I heard she had taken a room for two months for herself and one of her children. So figuring $200 for the room over sixty nights that would come to $12,000.

But once again, as I’ve said before, the entire world is turning to fat and even though the Russians have more than their fair share of exceptions, the average Russian belongs like his American or European counterpart in the confinement pen on a cattle farm. I really should be getting paid very well for writing this article and divulging the concept for a lot of future profits for whatever company develops, then implements the software for the exercise machines I’m describing here. Potential profits can easily run into the millions, perhaps billions of dollars while saving the entire planet from its present course into non stoppable obesity.