Your Questions About Obesity Epidemic Causes

Mark asks…

What is a reason other than hepatitis for liver enzymes to be elevated in the blood?

I had a blood test done, and my liver enzymes were high. However, they were no higher then they were four years ago, when they tested me for hepatitis.

I’m not a drinker, or a smoker, and I’m wondering what else could possibly cause this.

admin answers:

Hi Accalia

Some of the other reasons for elevated liver enzymes are obesity, elevated triglycerides, overuse of OTC and prescription drugs, iron overload, gallstones, fatty liver (NASH and NAFLD) and cirrhosis.

The most likely reason may be Metabolic Syndrome, the constellation of conditions related to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar. Fatty liver diseases, NASH and NAFLD, are related.

Adopting a diet that includes increased leafy green vegetables, moderate lean protein and reduced sugars and starches is recommended. Some researchers believe that they have evidence that suggests the insidious use of high fructose corn syrup in so many products is creating a kidney and liver disease epidemic.

Here’s a list of non-HFCS products:

Exercise is also extremely important.

If you have a family history of liver disease and diabetes you might consider getting your storage iron tested for iron overload.

Please also check out my other answer about fatty liver here:;_ylt=AkEhdcMtesw.oasTVpT2flnty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090104031733AAqozea&show=7#profile-info-oAyfPk2oaa

Hope this helps some!

Good luck!

Helen asks…

What are the main dangers of childhood obesity?

What are the dangers of childhood obesity? I see kids getting bigger and bigger every day and apparently fatness and obesity are causing major diseases later on in life.

admin answers:

It is being described as an epidemic now as the number of children suffering from overweight and obesity has increased immensely over the last thirty years in the western world: doubled among children and tripled among teens in United States.

• If your child is overweight now, s(he) is a lot more likely to become overweight as an adult: 50% chance if one of the parents is obese, up to 80% chance if both parents are. And the extra weight they carry can be extremely damaging in the short and long term.

• When they are adults, losing weight can become extremely difficult for obese children as the weight gain has to do with increased size and number of fat cells, and they will not be able to reduce the number of fat cells when they lose weight as adults. Getting leaner will require a lot more effort for them!

• A new study suggests that the best way to find out if your child is on his / her way to suffer from obesity and its complications is to measure the BMI- body mass index as some children at risk don’t even look overweight and the body mass index for children changes with their age unlike adults.

This is from

Physical Dangers of Childhood Obesity:

• Pre-diabetes and type II diabetes.

• High cholesterol, particularly triglycerides and LDL- bad cholesterol.

• Early hardening of arteries.

• Hyperlipidemia- too much fat in blood that may lead to clogging of arteries.

• Cardiovascular complications.

Susan asks…

should the government regulate the food we eat to prevent obesity?

Should the government regulate the food we eat to prevent obesity? i’m pro, but can’t think of a lot of ideas.

admin answers:

Interestingly, the U.S. Federal government already does the exact opposite via the Farm Bill. I don’t think it was their intention, but today this bill has become a primary factor in america’s rising obesity. It subsidizes specific crops, in particular corn and soy. This makes it difficult for fruit and vegetable farmers to compete in places like your local supermarket. Ever wonder why that bag of chips (soy) is .25 cents and the 1L soda is only a $1 (corn), but that banana is $1.25? Ever wonder why there are so many chip and soda choices in the corner convenience store, but little more than apples and oranges in terms of fresh produce? The farm bill holds the answers. Did you know 50% of all of the fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. Are grown in California’s Central Valley? The bread basket of American meanwhile? It’s one giant basket of corn and soy fields. Two crops!

As evidenced by the Farm Bill, the federal government does a lousy job regulating food stuffs. I don’t think it is in our interest as a people to give the federal government an opportunity to do further harm. The only opportunity we should give them is one that undoes the farm bill. After that, change should really begin at the level of the local community & state government.

People need to start demanding parks where their children can play and fresh produce from their local farmers and grocery stores. Local communities need to come together to be a voice for the poorest demographics…these are often the places with NO parks and NO grocery stores and the HIGHEST obesity & LOWEST life expectancy. We need to educate each other on healthy eating habits, the tricks that advertisers and restaurant menus play on us, and the consequences & struggles that come with obesity. Employees need to start demanding that their companies provide them with wellness incentives – a full hour of lunch so they can actually fit in a work out, gyms in the buildings, sit-stand desks, health care credits for maintaining healthy numbers, work-life balance.

Our country is massive in scale. Assuming one policy will work everywhere isn’t the solution and that’s exactly how Congress would approach this problem. They may have played a large role in causing this epidemic, but it’s up to us, as a people, to create local solutions that work for our communities and our neighboring communities.

Ken asks…

Is it healthy to use a Rice cooker?

Is it healthy practice to cook rice in rice cooker? My mil says the starch is absorbed in water so it is not good for health and leads to obesity and diabetes. If i boil rice normally i will throw thr starch and it wont b harmful that way. Does anyone of u agree to this?

admin answers:

It’s fine. Yes, it’s a very healthy way to cook rice. A good quality pan with tight-fitting lid would do the same thing as the rice cooker, hold in the water & nutrients, & that’s what is supposed to happen. The rice absorbs the water & retains all the nutrients, including the starch. The only difference I’ve heard is that the rice cooker either times it for you or detects when the water is all absorbed, so it’s less likely to scorch in the pan. It cooks perfect rice every time, or so I’ve heard.

I wouldn’t worry about the starch. There are so many other things that are worse that might cause obesity & diabetes, that the starch in our rice is the least of our worries. If it were a big problem, then there would have been huge epidemics of these problems in all the countries that use rice as the basis for their ethnic cooking. Instead, what we see is problems among children of immigrants eating American food & developing typical American health problems. I seriously doubt if their problems begin with the starch that they’re getting from the rice that their mothers cook in rice cookers at home.

Just say “mmm…interesting. There always seem to be so many opinions & statistics on all of this stuff,” or “Good grief! What next?” kind of non-committal whenever your mil comes up with these things. Tell her you’ll think it over, but continue to do as you please. Maybe ask her from time to time for one of her recipes that you like. I’m just saying, there are other ways to maintain a friendly relationship than to take what she says as the final word in nutrition & cooking.

Since you do seem to find it interesting, you might also enjoy doing your own reading & note taking on other nutrition topics, sharing them with her, & asking her opinion, all the while under no obligation to accept those opinions. Discuss the Mediterranean Diet or whatever. If it always leads to strong disputes, then avoid the subject after that.

Lisa asks…

What is the relationship between obesity epidemic and diabetes epidemic?

admin answers:

Insulin resistance. The increase in mass requires the pancreas to pump more insulin. If that person is also inactive and eats a lot of carbs causing even more stress on insulin production then the body resists by making your cells less receptive to insulin and then your pancreas shuts down the insulin production cells in response (by the time most type 2 diabetics are diagnosed they are already down insulin production).

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Your Questions About Bad Cholesterol Diet

Mary asks…

How do lifestyle changes impact a person’s health and fitness?

How does a high cholesterol diet affect a person’s health? What are the effects of smoking on a person’s physical fitness?

admin answers:

While their are good and bad cholesterol’s, a lot of foods we eat unfortunately contain the bad type. The good kind is produced by your body and helps absorb and diminish the bad. IT is a lot to explain, but most importantly, the way it affects your health and fitness is that too much cholesterol can clog your arteries therefore decreasing blood flow which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Also, people with high cholesterol often feel signs of fatigue which causes laziness as well.

Smoking causes shortness of breath, plaque build up in the arteries, and has been known to cause cancer. Sorry, that is all I have on that subject.

Ruth asks…

Why is cholesterol important for your health and the function of your body?

Why is cholesterol important for your health and the function of your body? Is cholesterol in your diet really that bad?

admin answers:

Cholesterol doesn’t make you fat or anything, but it contributes to heart disease in the future. If you have a high cholesterol, you have a high chance of heart disease. To prevent this, try eating mono-unsaturated fats, and poly-unsaturated fats. These are good fats that lower bad cholesterol, and increase your good cholesterol. Sources of mono and poly unsaturated fats are nuts – almonds, pecans, peanuts, and walnuts, and cooking oil, lol.

Robert asks…

How does cholesterol work?

Does bad cholesterol clog just the vessels near the heart? Or does it also clog those in the brain? If it clogs those in the brain then how it is possible to remove them? Is it true that exercise generates good cholesterol that takes away bad cholesterol in vessels?

admin answers:

Cholesterol is a vital lipid (fat) that is produced by the liver and helps the body function. Too much cholesterol in a body is unhealthy. High cholesterol levels make individuals more prone to diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and angina.
Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of the arteries and angina is when the arteries in your heart narrow. High cholesterol can be caused by high fat diets, obesity, an inactive lifestyle, smoking and alcohol use. Finding a way to manage cholesterol is important for a person’s health.
Take care always…….

Donna asks…

Is a completely cholesterol free diet possible?

Is a completely cholesterol free diet possible?
Can ones body survive without consuming any cholesterol? In other words will ones body naturally produce all cholesterol for necessary functions?

Please include source of information. Thanks.

admin answers:


After reading your question I saw you were interested in optimizing your nutrition [(-:] so even though I may not be able to answer your question exactly as you may have wanted it answered, I thought I would take the time to pass on some pointers I have learned the hard way from my own bad ‘uninformed’ choices, so you could learn about good advice and bad advice about good nutritional choices.

I am always impressed that there is oftentimes some good advice and good links from people helping others through Yahoo_Answers.

After having many bad health problems from listening to people who knew very little about the consequences of choosing LOW nutritional statistics, I really-really encourage you to learn from good nutritionists what to eat for a life time. [See below]

My best to you and to your future health,


I have learned what I now know after my own lengthy research efforts to improve my health – after ‘FINALLY’ listening to unbiased researching nutritionists. I have shared extensively concerning the most critical nutritional statistics that are common to us all at:;_ylv=3?qid=20091001043901AADPO4H

Also, after all my previous health problems due to following a-lot of bad advice, I can now understand the frustrations of other health researchers in the following quote within “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell pg 1: >>==>

“Even though information and opinions are plentiful, very few people truly know what they should be doing to improve their health.”

“This isn’t because the research hasn’t been done. It has. But the real science has been buried beneath a clutter of irrelevant or even harmful information – junk science, fad diets and food industry propaganda.”

“The China Study” by T Colin Campbell pg 1

Betty asks…

How did you lower your cholesterol without statins?

I’m 44 and my bad cholesterol is 258 (it went up from 230 or so). How did guys out there lower their cholesterol? Specifically, what did you eat and what foods did you avoid? (I’ve got the excercise side of it under control — it’s just the diet that doing me in).


admin answers:

I would never consider statins unless my cholesterol was over 400, and even then, probably not. The saturated fats are the good fats. The bad fats are the trans fats and the poly unsaturated fats. These are fake fats that your body creates defective structures and compounds, from.
SUGAR AND HEART DISEASE Most fat in our bodies and in the food we eat is in the form of triglycerides (three fatty acid chains attached to a glycerol molecule). Elevated triglycerides in the blood have been positively linked to proneness to heart disease but these triglycerides do not come directly from dietary fats: they are made in the liver from any excess sugars that have not been completely burned. The source of these excess sugars is any food containing carbohydrates, but particularly refined sugar and processed carbohydrates. Refined sugar and other refined products were virtually unknown in the human diet before 1600 and never used in great quantities before the present century. In 1821 the average sugar intake in America was 10 pounds per person per year; today it is 170 pounds per person per year. As the consumption of sugar has increased so have all civilized diseases. We need foods that are whole, not skeletonized and denatured. Sugar, especially sucrose and fructose has been shown to shorten life in numerous animal experiments. Excessive use of sugar is associated with a rise in blood cholesterol, rise in triglycerides, increase in adhesiveness of the blood platelets, increase in blood insulin levels, etc. Numerous studies have positively correlated sugar consumption with heart disease. These results are far more positive than any of the studies linking heart disease and saturated fats. Moderate use of natural sweeteners is found in many traditional societies. We therefore recommended you satisfy your sweet tooth by eating fully ripened fruit in season and a limited use of natural sweeteners high in vitamins and minerals such as raw honey, dehydrated cane sugar juice (Sucanat) and maple syrup. Avoid all refined sugars including table sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, fructose and large amounts of fruit juice.

Did you know that those on a restrictive carbohydrate diet, almost always lower their cholesterol levels to the “old” standards. The new standards are promoted by the drug companies to increase their profits. They have to keep lowering the levels because cholesterol levels are inconsequential in heart disease. 50% of all heart attack deaths, occur in patients with low cholesterol.
Pharmacist who’s life was almost ruined by Lipitor

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Your Questions About Complex Carbohydrates Foods

Betty asks…

What foods do you eat to make you metabolism getter faster?

I am a endomorph and it seems like I exercise but I stay at the same weight level. I realized it is my eating habbits so I was wondering what foods would be best for me.

admin answers:

I am an endomorph, too, so I know all about your troubles. Apparently endomorphs are naturally more insulin resistant than other types, so we have to watch our refined carbohydrate intake even more than other people do. We are at much higher risk for developing diabetes because of it.

In fact, following a diet intended for someone who is already diabetic might not be the worst way to go: lots of fruit and vegetables, lots of lean protein (beans, lentils, soy, fish, lean poultry), and plenty of whole grains and other complex carbohydrates. [Personally I am vegan, but that's pretty extreme for most people]

Watching sugar intake is vital. Ideally, you’d eliminate pre-packaged or pre-made desserts altogether, including pastries, cookies, candy, frozen desserts and sugar-sweetened juices and sodas. Instead you could have fruit, fruit smoothies, or any number of home-baked goods that use natural sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, rice or barley malt syrup, etc. If you need a recipe or two, I’d be happy to share.

As for exercise, you didn’t really elaborate about what you’re doing. I used to just walk and jog on my treadmill five days a week for 30-60 minutes, knees permitting, lol. It wasn’t until I took up weight training (in addition) that the weight really started coming off. Endomorphs usually have large frames, and while this normally this isn’t the coolest thing, it is when it comes to weight training. Our big frames can hold bigger muscles then say an ectomorphic marathon runner. It’s pretty easy to put muscle on, actually, and this is what really helps with metabolism. I like Jari Love’s “Get Ripped” DVD series since I’m too poor to afford a gym membership, lol.

Best of luck!

Maria asks…

What foods to eat and avoid if have pneumonia?

So I have pneumonia and was wondering what foods to eat and what to avoid, I don’t think my diet is that healthy so I am worried.
Are Popsicles and ramen okay? (those are some of the unhealthy foods I eat)

admin answers:

A healthy diet is also good for someone with pneumonia.

Popsicles are delicious, however, they are mostly sugar and will help and should be avoided along with high fructose corn syrup, honey, artificial sweeteners (aspartame), artificial flavors (MSG). These create health problems for people suffering from pneumonia.

Avoid ramen because this is a highly refined carbohydrate along with most cereals, breads, donuts, and pastries. A complex carbohydrate in brown rice and quinoa is desireable along with legumes and dark leafy greens. Some whole fruits such as apples, pears, kiwi, bananas, and so on are also import for your health.

For specifics about what to eat and what to avoid, look to the web sites of the following authorities: T. Colin Campbell, Joel Fuhrman, Dean Ornish, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, and Neal Barnard.

Mark asks…

If you are hyperglycemic what foods should you eat when your blood sugar is high?

My aunt is hyperglycemic and she needs to know what foods to eat when her blood gets high, please help!

admin answers:

Are you sure you mean hyperglycemia and not hypoglycemia?

Let me explain the difference. Hypoglycemia is a condition marked by blood glucose levels that are below normal fasting levels. Here the type of food you eat and when you eat is extremely important. When glucose levels are low, this means you have no energy and need to eat. I suggest unprocessed foods, complex carbohydrates, high fiber foods, and water.

Hyperglycemia is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Your aunt should drink more water, exercise more, change her eating habits. In other words, she wants to do things to use up the extra energy (sugar) in her bloodstream. A good idea is for her to visit a dietitian the change the amount and types of foods she’s eating. See a health care provider to make adjustments in the the amount of medication or the timing of the medications she’s taking.

Eating when your blood glucose level is high is not the answer. High glucose levels means sugar is in the bloodstream when it should be in the body’s cells. Eating more food won’t help that condition. Only insulin and in this case, “meds” will push the glucose into the cells.

Both of these conditions can and often do lead into diabetes, which is a chronic disease in which the body can no longer regulate glucose within normal limits, and blood glucose levels become dangerously high. The excessive fluctuations in glucose can injure tissues throughtou the body, and if it is not controlled can lead to blindness, seizures, kidney failure nerve disease, amputations, stroke, coma, heart disease, and death. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Susan asks…

What food or beverages are suitable when you have an upset stomach?

Besides tea and crackers. What food and beverages are suitable when you have an upset stomach, such as Nausea, Diarreah, and throwing up?

What kind of food prevent this?

admin answers:

For nausea you can make these different teas:

* chamomile
* cloves
* ginger
* peppermint

for diarrhea:


* Avoid coffee, chocolate, dairy products, strong spices, and solid foods. Introduce clear soup, crackers, white bread, rice, potatoes, applesauce, and bananas as diarrhea gets better.
* Rice or barley water, fresh vegetable juices (especially carrot and celery), miso broth, or other clear broths help restore proper fluid and electrolyte balance. Make rice and barley water using 1 cup of raw grain to 1 quart of boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and drink throughout the day.
* Lactobacillus taken as powder or in capsules helps normalize bowel flora and may help cure your diarrhea. Take as directed.
* Glutamine (3,000 mg three times per day) is helpful in treating diarrhea that is caused by irritation of the intestinal lining rather than infection.

…. With more information found from source

…eat foods high in complex carbohydrates, such as bananas, crackers, noodles, oatmeal, potatoes, rice, toast, and soups with rice or noodles. Dairy products and foods high in sugar or fat should be avoided.


Chris asks…

What are the best foods/drinks/vitamins to have in order to gain muscle?

I am currently working out a lot, but seem to just be loosing weight rather than gaining muscle weight.
I am slightly underweight (138 lbs and 5’8) and am trying to bulken up.

What foods are best to have along with a strenuous work out in order to gain muscle more efficiently?

admin answers:

Synthetic vitamins will not help you gain either weight or muscle.
A balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and complex carbohydrates is what nutritionists recommend.
Protein-rich foods include meat, cheese, milk, fish, and eggs. In a diet of 1,800 calories a day, for example, about 270 of those calories should come from protein.
To gain weight, you need to eat more calories than your body uses each day. You need to do this regularly. It’s not enough just to have the occasional extra snacks.
Once you get your calories under control, you need to start lifting weights. This will help you gain more muscle and help minimize the amount of fat you gain (although you should expect to gain some fat as well).
You would do best to see your doctor to check that there is no underlying health reason why you are underweight, then s/he will advise you whether supplements are necessary.
If you are healthy and have energy the weight you are is dictated by your genes.
Read the link for more advice

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods For Kids

Richard asks…

why is healthy and nutritious foods important for kids?

give me some ideas~

admin answers:

To help them establish which foods are halthy, and which are unhealthy
Also, to help them make informed choices about their diets from an early age, and to be in control of what they eat :)

Donald asks…

Does anyone know of any great websites with fun, creative, and silly healthy food ideas for kids?

Im looking for healthy food ideas that can be turned into something fun to eat… like food you can make look like animals, bugs… etc.

admin answers:

I love the edible playdough idea.. Here are more.

Thomas asks…

What are some healthy foods that are yummy for kids?

admin answers:

Ah love these look at my badge =)
apple bananas any fruit honestly
any veges diced um dip um in low fat dressing or make a salad topped w/ grilled chicken and nuts a lil dressing
kashi bars/ cookies any of there products there cereals are good!
Oats make oatmeal add cinnamon and raisans or a bit of sugar
u know that nutella? Hazelnut spread that’s okay on wheat bread or natural peanut butter on a wheat bagel/toast
eggs of course w/ ham mmmm =)
any lean deli meats make a sandwich
wheat thins topped w/ peanut butter
make a trail mix raisans dry cereal nuts nuts are great
oh BEST if they like it is cottage cheese mix in some fruit it’s full of protien and great for u also sweet potatoes if u wanna make sweet potatoe french fries they are very healthy u can use olive oil drizzle it over um and bake um two FANTASTIC health foods in one and tasty YUM =)

James asks…

1 in 3 kids born in 2000 will get diabetes?

How do you FEEL about that? Don’t you think it’s about time you feed your kids healthy foods? 1 in 3. As a parent, you have a responsibility. Buy fruits and vegetables. If you and your children are at the store and your child asks you to buy candy or soda, or Little Debbie Snacks so NO. Your child doesn’t control you! They WILL thank you for it later on. Trust me! Don’t let this statistic come true, or your children will outlive you!
haha good call. I meant that you will outlive your children.

admin answers:

You need to clarify here. 1 in 3 will get Diabetes but is that Type 1 or Type 2. I find many folks on here are so misinformed they have no clue what the difference is. Type 1 or juvenile diabetes is the result of damage to the pancreas thought to be from a virus the child has had. There is no prevention and no cure for this. The child will always be insulin dependent. Type 2 on the other had can include factors such as family history, weight and diet. Get the proper facts and then make statements and give statistics.

Mother of a juvenile diabetic

Mark asks…

weight charts no longer for healthy kids?

I am a mother of 4.
My height is in the 60th percentile, my weight is in the 3rd percentile.
My 8 year old’s weight is in the 6th%
My 6 Year old isn’t even on the chart at 35lbs
My 3 year old is at 48%
and my 1 year old is at the 3rd%
Their father is slightly below average weight and height.
Our new Dr. is “very concerned” about their weight.
I explained they come from a geneticly SMALL family but he continues to ask us to come in to be “monitored”
He seems to be hinting around an accusation of neglect, which is completely absurd.
My children eat 3 meals a day as well as 2-3 snacks.
I even buy about $100 a month worth of Boost high calorie drinks for the kids.
We eat healthy food…we just always have. My children do not enjoy exxcessive amounts of junk food because it has never been part of their diet.
The Dr’s main concern is how they compare to the infamous “weight chart”
My children don’t gain as fast as other kids.
I suspect all these fat kids raised on nothing but McDonalds are throwing the curve off.
My kids are healthy and geneticly as they should be.
I don’t see what the big deal is??
I was a 9lb baby…that doesn’t mean I should follow that percentile curve my whole life!! Why would a dr. expect “average sized” kids from less than average sized parents?!

admin answers:

I have very thin children and thin genes in my family but both of my kids are just under the 50th percentile on the charts and I don’t get hassled about their weight. Some people have small kids, tell your doctor to back off, or go see a different doctor.

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Your Questions About Physical Fitness Standards

Susan asks…

Why is gender discrimination approved in the military?

Why are lower quality personnel allowed in based on what genitalia they have? Isn’t everyone supposed to do the same amount of work?

@Harry: These are bodyweight exercises. How many you can do is indicative of your fitness.

And why should one be expected to do less work because they are smaller? That is sexism. If it’s not sexism, then why not expect smaller men to do less work too?
@Fugitive..: So, we should let the smaller men pass with lower PT scores too?
@Bro: Excellent point.
@Gunplumb…: All men are not infantrymen. So you agree that PT standards should be job specific and not gender specific?

admin answers:

Not only the military, but police, firefighters, and any other job that affirmative action helps with.
It’s approved because a bunch of women complained and the powers that be decided that instead of offending those poor delicate flowers, they’d discriminate against qualified men instead.
Apparently women can’t do it on their own, they need a lot of help.

Sandy asks…

Why don’t all branches of Armed Forces have same physical fitness requirments?

I am not a member of the Military as of this time but I am going to Boot camp for the Marine Corps in less than one month so am curious.
I respect all branches equally, I understand that they all can’t function without each other so if this seems offensive in anyway I apologise, it is not my intention.

While PT’ing everyday at my recruiting station I have noticed that the Army and other branches don’t seem to PT nearly, as much. While we do it 2 hours or so a day 4 days a week they do it only once every couple weeks to a month. I realize that their physical fitness requirements are not as high but why is this?
Why do they not make the physical requirements for all branches the same? I’m not saying I want mine to be like theirs, but why don’t they make the Army, Air Force, and Navy have the same physical fitness tests as the Marine Corps? I asked an Air Force recruiter once why not and he simply stated, “Their isn’t much of a point seeing as the Air Force isn’t so much Physical.” I thought to myself “Well neither is a cook in the Marine Corps but he is trained to always be ready for combat even if it’s Just the fundamentals.”
Why is it EVERYONE in the Marine Corps as they say is an Infantryman first and everything else is secondary?
I just don’t seem to understand why they don’t make EVERYONE an Infantryman first and everything else is just secondary. If they did the Military would be stronger in my opinion. If everyone who is not special forces and such had the same physical fitness status wouldn’t it be better?
If anyone of these people where in a combat situtation they would all be equally as helpful and be able to function as a team. If (I don’t know what the chances would be) someone in the Airforce was forced into a combat situation with a group of people who needed them but the person in the Airforce couldn’t keep up, or didn’t know what to do, simply because they didn’t get the same training that would make the situation even harder.
Bill, although I understand that a Cook in the Marine Corps isn’t likely to see much combat either,and yet he must meet the same PFT/CFT scores that an Infantryman must complete.

admin answers:

First of all, completely ignore what Alexander said because it is 100% factually incorrect. Like everyone else has said, different branches have different jobs and therefore Marine Corps physical fitness doesn’t benefit an Airmen very much. There is one other factor that I haven’t seen anyone else mention however, Dedication.
There aren’t many people out there with the dedication to hold themselves to the Marine Corps’ standards. I know a lot of Airmen and Soldiers that didn’t join the Corps because they would be treated better in the Air Force than they would in the Marine Corps. I also know a lot of Airmen and Soldiers that didn’t join the Marines because they didn’t want to suffer through Marine Corps boot camp nor did they have the motivation to PT as much as a Marine.

David asks…

What is the probability that an elite athlete has a maximum oxygen uptake of at least 50 ml/kg?

The physical fitness of an athlete is often measured by how much oxygen the athlete takes in (which is recorded in milliliters per kilogram, ml/kg). The mean maximum oxygen uptake for elite athletes has been found to be 60 with a standard deviation of 5.4 Assume that the distribution is approximately normal.

A.) What is the probability that an elite athlete has a maximum oxygen uptake of at least 50 ml/kg?

admin answers:

Z-score = (50-60)/5.4 = -1.85
Pr(z > – 1.85) = 0.9678 <———-

Ken asks…

What is the third quartile of this population?

The 1-Mile Run is a common test for assessing physical fitness. Among college males the 1-Mile Run time is normally distributed with a mean of 438 seconds and standard deviation of 58 seconds.

Thank you!

admin answers:

ANSWER: 3rd Quartile = 477 seconds

The Table for Standard Normal Distribution is organized as a cummulative ‘area’ from the LEFT corresponding to the STANDARDIZED VARIABLE z. The Standard Normal Distribution is also symmetric (called a ‘Bell Curve’) which means its an interpretive procedure to Look-Up the ‘area’ from the Table.

For STANDARDIZED VARIABLE z = 0.674 the Table left column shows two (2) significant digits and one (1) additional significant digit in the top row corresponding to a LEFT ‘area’ = 0.75.

3rd Quartile Time = 438 + 0.674*58

Robert asks…

What is the third quartile of this population?

The 1-Mile Run is a common test for assessing physical fitness. Among college males the 1-Mile Run time is normally distributed with a mean of 427 seconds and standard deviation of 71 seconds. What is the third quartile of this population?

Explain how you got the answers please!

admin answers:

Z = + 0.6745 value represents the third quartile.
It means P(z < 0.6745) = 0.7500 or 75%
z = (X-Mean)/SD
Third quartile = Q3 = Mean + (z*SD)
= 427 + (0.6745*71)
= 474.9 seconds

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Your Questions About Healthy Lifestyle

Mark asks…

How can I live a more healthier lifestyle?

Hi everyone I am a 18 year old girl who is about to start college in a few weeks. Basically I want to start living a healthier lifestyle, because I want to have more energy than I do now since I am going to have a busy schedule this semester. Do you know of any exercises that I can do at home that could keep me in shape. Also how can I change my eating habits, as of now I just eat whatever I want. I’m 5’0 and weigh 148lbs which is about 30lbs overweight for my height I think.

admin answers:

A healthier lifestyle is largely composed of your diet. If you want to lose weight, you will have to create what’s called a caloric deficit- eating less calories than you’re burning each day, without eating too little which could cause you to store fat instead. Some examples of a healthier diet might be have eggs/toast or a lettuce sandwich or oatmeal for breakfast, with snacks in the day being things such as almonds (nuts in general) , fruits, vegetables etc. For dinner, whole-grains pastas, lean chicken, salad, etc are all good choices. Eat healthy, but switch it up too! For an exercise plan I would recommend following a specific routine like The 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. And just try to add more movement in your life as well- every little bit helps!

Good luck, I hope you enjoy college!

Joseph asks…

How to organize my schedule to fit in healthy lifestyle?

I am 28 years old and a newbie teacher who still lives at home with parents. I have 6 months of internship left and I know that my contract won’t be extended, so I might face unemployment soon. I enjoy my job and think I am doing very well, but it can be stressful at times (sometimes over 40 hours a week). I know I should be studying for my boards exam in May/June but at the same time I am wondering how to fit in exercise and healthy lifestyle in it. I had been dealing with a bad period of insomnia for over a month and a severe anxiety that caused a 10 pound weight drop in a month. I am doing better now in terms of stress and getting decent amount of sleep. I sleep pretty well at night and can take occasional naps without them affecting my sleep patterns now. When I feel sleep deprived and tired I lack energy to do anything, even basic household chores.

I was thinking about joining a gym but Les Milles programs are expensive (3 month pass is 150 euros) and going there 4 times per week + 34 euros for a bus pass. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed just by taking care of my chores and cooking meals, so I wonder how realistic is that goal for myself. The gym I want to go is far away, about 20 min bus drive, so I was thinking about exercising on the weekends.I know I should be losing more weight because I am over 210 pounds but don’t want to stress myself out more than necessary. Sometimes I get home in the afternoon and have an exhaustion headache, so I really don’t feel like going out. I don’t have a boyfriend now or many friends. Fortunately I don’t have kids and still live at home, so my mom helps a lot around the house. What would you recommend in terms of time managment and setting realistic goals?

admin answers:

Study shows it only 20min of hard intensity workout to get in shape. Focus on light weight training, 20min per day, 3-4x per week, eat low carb high protein. That’s it!
Here is a exercise program perfect for you. It’s called 10 minute trainer by tony. You can torrent it for free or buy it from amazon. Don’t forget diet is key! I studied this myself & lost weight than others who exercised from just dieting. Consume fewer calories than you maintanece diet. Eat foods only from nature. Watch our for carbs! There are a lot of foods thinking is healthy but can add weight. Like bananas whether its a fruit still has sugars. Even whole grain or wheat bread! Carbs carbs carbs. Stick to chicken, fish, then beef in that order. Eat lots of vegetables! Take fish oil to add healthy fats to your diet cuz the body needs some fat regardless. Buy a whey protein shake. Protein shake can help you lose weight cuz protein takes a lot of energy for the body to digest & it’s good for you. Also exercising is only 30% of you goal. Rest is diet! It makes
Life so much easier to burn calories when your already eating less right? Makes sense? I just gave you years of training, reading, learning, & experience in this answer. Just follow it. Oh it’s not required but recommended that if you only want to eat fruits, eat it after working out only. Your body will just burn the sugar. Only eat once to none a day. Vegetables are much important. Who ever said eating healthy was expensive? Bunch of Looneys. Eating healthy requires
Less food selection.

Also gyms are for saps & waste of time. You can accomplish better with the convenience in your very home
And be careful what others tell you. What I tell you here is all
Solid facts.
Good luck

Robert asks…

How do you live a healthy lifestyle?

So I’m a senior in high school. I currently swim year round, but will probably stop after my last high school season so around march. Right now I’m slim and somewhat muscular. I want to grow up to be one of those people who always workout and eat healthy, and stay in really good shape forever. Right now swimming is how I get all of my excersie and is the reason I eat somewhat healthy. I just want to know how to stay motivated about diet and excersie when I’m done with swimming. I’m afraid that after a year or so I will lose interest in living a healthy lifestyle and just quit! Any suggestions on how to stay motivated? And when does living a healthy lifestyle become second nature?

admin answers:

This is such a great question! Generally, after high school you stop playing sports (unless you were good enough to play on a university sports team,) and you often move into a dorm, or at least out of your parents place. Eating properly gets pushed to the side because you literally do not have time and you do not have the resources. You go to your part time job and you go to class, and you study, and maybe even go to a party or two.

However, lots of universities and colleges of running tracks, pools, rinks, courts for racket sports, and gyms with machines and weights. You can often use these for free, or at least at a student rate. Depending on your level of involvement at school and work, you might have time to to join a rec league or intramural club through school, or just a beer league outside of school.

Living healthy becomes second nature when you live a similar lifestyle to others you are close with. If you make friends with active people, you will naturally be active while you’re hanging out together, playing ball or whatever. If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend that is active, the two of you will choose active dates likes rock climbing, as opposed to dinner and movie type dates.

Helen asks…

What foods/fruits should i start buying to start a healthy lifestyle?

OK, so what i eat comes mostly from my fridge,
which is mostly fries, nuggets, basically unhealthy food..
I want to lead a healthy lifestyle now, so i want to begin with this fridge of mine(lol)..

So any ideas of what foods/fruits etc etc? and also if its cheap or comes in varieties in one packet?..

Sorry if it seems too long..

admin answers:

Well darkest green veggies and the deepest colored veggies are the best for you. Canned foods are not really good for you with all the preservatives and dyes in there, fresh is better an tastes better.
When you buy produce always pick the deepest colored greens, broccoli, asparagus, beets, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes,carrots, they are highest in antioxidants. Cottage cheese(low-fat), real cheese n walnuts are good for you too.
As for meat, turkey(cutlets), chicken breast, fish is the best for you to.
Here is a list of 14 superfoods, if you could stick to these you’d be on the healthy road.
Beans: A great low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and an easy way to help control your weight and your blood sugar.
Blueberries: The best food on the planet to preserve a young brain as we mature.
Broccoli: The best food on the planet to prevent cancer.
Oats: A sure-fire way to lower your cholesterol.
Oranges: The most readily available source of vitamin C, which in turn lowers the rate of most causes of death in this country, for example, heart disease and cancer.
Pumpkin: Loaded with phytonutrients, which keep our skin young and help prevent damage from sunlight.
Wild salmon: A guaranteed way to lower your risk for cardiac-related death.
Soy: The only complete vegetarian source of protein.
Spinach: The best food on the planet to prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, thus ensuring a lifetime of good vision.
Tea — green or black: The easiest and cheapest no-calorie way to avoid heart disease and cancer.
Tomatoes: One of the easiest ways for men to avoid prostate cancer is the consumption of tomatoes and tomato-based products.
Skinless turkey breast: The leanest meat source of protein on the planet.
Walnuts: Consuming walnuts is an easy, tasty way to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Yogurt: A tasty, easy way to boost your immune system.

Chris asks…

How can i stay motovated to live a healthy lifestyle?

i hate my body, always have, but for some reason i cannot stay motivated to eat clean and work out daily! i go on a health kick for like a week then i end up eating everything in sight haha i definitetly have a sweet tooth and i hate that. i really want to lose weight, not much just 10-20 pounds and i am unhappy with myself so why isnt that enough motivation? what can i do to motivate myself to stick to a healthy lifestyle?! please help!

admin answers:

Hopefully, you will get more answers but if none of them work for you, then try this:

Let yourself go until you reach a tipping point. We all have that point where we decide enough is enough and start to turn things around. You haven’t reached that point yet. Right now, you’re merely interested in losing weight, it’s not an absolute must for you yet. When it’s a must for you, you’ll just do it. Your excuses will be thrown out the window because at that point, your desire to achieve this goal will be greater than any excuse your mind can come up with.

And no, you don’t need to reach this point to have enough motivation to lose weight. A better way is just to discipline yourself. Start out slow and gradually build on it.

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Your Questions About Army Pt Test Scoring

Betty asks…

Basic Training: How much did your PT score increase?

What was your PT score at the beginning of/before basic training, and what was your score after?

I joined the army and I head to Basic in a month. My PT score is 225 and rising week by week. It’s good enough for graduating from BCT, but a score of 280 will be good for what I’m set to do after BCT. Planning ahead, how high should I shoot to have my score at the start of BCT?

admin answers:

My score went up 100 points, from a 180 to a 280. I went to “Relaxin’ Jackson”, and we were pretty much PT’ing all day. We worked out on our own during the one hour of personal time we got every night.

Of course, they smoked us before that first PT test, so whatev’.

Push-ups and sit-ups are easy to max, and you’ll have plenty of room to do them on your own in Basic. Running is what you won’t be able to easily improve, because you need access to a track. Focus on your run while you’ve got time, and do 40 push-ups and 40 sit-ups when you wake up and before you go to sleep.

The more PT you do know, the less Basic will suck. Drill sergeants like their PT studs, and putting in the effort to train beforehand will get you in the right mindset.

Daniel asks…

Can you rank the US military’s PT Tests of the branches from hardest to easiest?


All of the branches please, meaning Marines
Navy Army Air Force and the Coast Guard.

admin answers:

Well since the Marines and coast guard are the only ones who do anything different, you gotta go by how they score it

1. Marines (pull-ups worth 5 pts each, 3 mile run)
2. Coast Guard (5 min treading water and 100m swim)
3. Army
4. Navy
5. Air Force (30 pts for not being fat, and push-ups/crunches only being worth 10 pts…you tell me)

Dear Eddy,

USMC = branch of US Armed Forces
USMC = sister service of the Navy
USMC ? Branch of the Navy

idk what you were rating on but stop being stupid
THAT is it

Joseph asks…

Is joining the Army Rangers a good idea?

I am a senior in high school and plan on attending a 4-year college, but then afterwards I want serve time in the military, would the Army Rangers be the best option? I also want a traditional military experience, as well as a challenge.

admin answers:

Army Rangers is a challenge. Keep in mind all the type-A personalities want to be Ranger’s as well, so you will have a lot of competition. You need to keep your grades up, and you need to be in very, very good physical condition. You can find the US Army PT (physical training) test scores on the internet. Look them up, you want to score at least a 290 (out of 300)

Look into ROTC when you get into college. They will give you an introduction to Military life and discipline, as well as help to guide you into a Ranger battalion. Many of them may even know officer’s in a Ranger Batalion, who can get you inside information and advice.

The upside is, that if you succeed, you will be the best in the world at what you do. The US Army Rangers are the premier light Infantry unit in the world. They attract a ton of type “A” motivated soldiers, and they have a ton of money for training and equipment. By the way, there is a difference between a commando unit and an Infantry unit. People who respond to you with crap like “The SEALs/Green Berets/SAS are better”, don’t understand that the difference between the two types of units, ignore them.

Good luck to you, go in as an Officer, and remember, if it isn’t in your contract, it doesn’t exist.

Charles asks…

Average Army PT scores?

What is the average Army PT score? Also, do you think a 290 can get me into ROP?

admin answers:

Yea, you just have to be able to pass the PT test, but a 290 is good….try for the 300 though!!!

Michael asks…

Airborne school PT score help (Army) ?

Right now I am a sophomore in high school. I plan on joining Army ROTC and going to Airborne school after my sophomore or junior year. What are the PT requirements to get an Airborne slot? I can easily score a 270 right now ( I suck at long distance), do you think I can get that to a 300 in 3 years?
I am sorry that I set goals for myself and refuse to not achieve them.
Well considering the fact that I have posted three times today (my first post being at about 3:30) I don’t see how you came to the assumption that I don’t have school. And doesn’t it seem a little pathetic for a grown man to be insulting a 15 year old?
Do any of you know what the chances of becoming an Airborne Infantry Officer are?

admin answers:

There is no set requirement other than you must have recently passed an Army PT test within the last few months before going. Once at the school, you must pass a normal Army APFT with at least 60 points in each event. See the link below.

Airborne slots at most ROTC schools are very competitive, meaning you generally need to be scoring pretty high on your PT tests at school to get one. For our school, the cutoff to even go was 250, but to get one of the slots, you generally needed about 270+.

EDIT: To Merchant of Death. So you are putting him down for coming on here trying to expand his knowledge of the Army and ROTC and figure out what he wants to do? It’s not like he is setting unrealistic goals like saying “I am going Special Forces” or “I am joining the SEALS.” He merely said that he wants to do Airborne school while in ROTC, which is a very common thing to do for ROTC students.

In fact, I bet most people here would applaud him for trying to figure this out now rather than the Spring semester his senior year. Let me ask you merchant of death… What have you done with your life? All you do is come on here day and night posting insults for answers to everyone’s questions. I haven’t seen you give a straight or knowledgeable answer yet.

EDIT 2: To justsomeguy. The pullup requirement was done away with in October 2006.

EDIT 3: If you go Active Duty, you will not really have a say in it except that they will try to give you your post of choice, but it is not a guarantee. Yur best chance is to use an ADSO for a duty station and get it for Fort Bragg, North Carolina which is the home of the 82nd Airborne Division. Technically it is the only airborne division left as the 101st has gone mostly to Air Assault.

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Your Questions About Obesity Essays In America

Linda asks…

Argumentative essay prompts?

Anyone have a good idea for an argumentative essay? I was thinking about doing something along the lines of food and obesity in america but can’t think of an actual argument..can you help?

admin answers:

Do “beauty” contests (Mr. America, Miss America, etc.) serve any purpose in society?

Charles asks…

writing an essay about fast food?

and i was wondering
McDonalds and other fast food companies in U.S. are universal, and in addition to that other countries have additional fast food places,
but why is it that America has more obesity issues than other countries? Why do people here eat more fast food than other countries?

admin answers:

They serve bigger portions here in America. We tend to eat what’s on our plate. I think we’re “greedy” when It comes to food. I went overseas to a mcdonalds and thier regular sizes were pretty much equivalent to the america’s small. We get bigger portions so we tend to eat more.

Maria asks…

What can I do better in my essay?

The topic is, “Should fast-food franchises be allowed in high schools?”
The answer I picked was yes.
Please tell me if I need to fix anything or add anything.

There has been a debate if schools should sell fast-food items in school to serve during lunch period and/or having outlets of them for a while. Fast-food franchises are selling their food for schools to serve during lunch period. They are also installing outlets in some high schools, selling food such as soda, fries, hamburgers, etc. The money from these outlets helps the school fund extra stuff such as field trips, athletic equipment, and other things. On the other hand, the fast-food those schools are selling increases the amount of the obesity people in America. School all over the world should be able to sell fast-food items during lunch periods.

Students in America should be able to eat what they want, whether it’s fast food or if it’s healthy food. They would mostly prefer to eat fast food. If that’s what kids want to eat, and telling kids that something else is better for them isn’t going to change their eating habits, which they learned at home from their parents. Most of the school lunches have other food too such as sub sandwiches and have healthy drinks besides soda such as fruit punch and apple juice. The other foods that most high schools serve are as bad as the fast-food that the other high schools serve.

You can’t force kids this age to eat what you want them to; they have to learn to make their own choices…and what the consequences of those choices are. We’re better off educating them about making good choices and let them learn for themselves. Fast-food isn’t necessarily as bad as people say they are, as they still give people proteins and grains. The fast-food outlets such as vending machines could help out the school too. They can help fund things necessary to the school such as athletic equipment, text books, computers, etc.

The students could get packed lunches filled with healthy food as a substitute lunch instead of the fast-food that the high school is serving. Other people say that serving fast-food items is contributing to the outbreak of obesity in America which is very true….but how is obesity affecting America? It is not harming America in any shape or form. All teens at their age know the outcome and effects of eating fast-food. It is their choice of what to eat and when to eat it. There are still many people who aren’t fat or obese in America.

Debates of schools being able to serve fast-food items during lunch period and/or having outlets of them such have been going around for years. High schools should be able to serve this kind of food. Students should be able to eat what they want, whether if it is healthy or not. You can’t force kids to eat healthy instead of junk food. They have to learn to make their own decisions and what the consequences of it are. Schools also serve healthy food such as sub sandwiches and juice. Obesity isn’t affecting America in any way. The fast-food outlets such as vending machines could help out the school. They can help support things necessary to the school such as athletic gear, text books, computers, etc. Fast-food isn’t as bad as people make it seem. It still gives the person proteins and grains in their body.

admin answers:

There has been a debate as to whether schools should sell fast food items in school to serve during lunch period and/or have outlets of them for a while. Fast food franchises are selling their food for schools to serve during lunch period. They are also installing outlets in some high schools, which sell food such as soda, fries, hamburgers, etc. The money from these outlets helps the schools fund extra stuff such as field trips, athletic equipment, and other things. On the other hand, the fast food those schools are selling increases the obesity rate in America. Schools all over the world should be able to sell fast food items during lunch periods.

Students in America should be able to eat what they want, whether it’s fast food or healthy food. They mostly would prefer to eat fast food. If that’s what kids want to eat, then telling kids that something else is better for them isn’t going to change their eating habits. They have learned these habits at home from their parents. Most of the school lunches have other food such as sub sandwiches and healthy drinks, in addition to soda such as fruit punch and apple juice. The other foods that most high schools serve are as bad as the fast food that the other high schools serve.

You can’t force kids this age to eat what you want them to eat. They have to learn to make their own choices, and they will learn the consequences of those choices. We’re better off educating them about making good choices and letting them learn for themselves. Fast food isn’t necessarily as bad as people say it is, as they still give people protein and grains. The fast food outlets such as vending machines could help out the school, too. They can help fund things necessary to the school such as athletic equipment, text books, computers, etc.

The students could get packed lunches full of healthy food as a substitute lunch instead of the fast food that the high school is serving. Other people say that serving fast food items is contributing to the outbreak of obesity in America, which is very true. However, how is obesity affecting America? It is not harming America in any shape or form. All teens at their age know the outcome and effects of eating fast food. It is their choice of what to eat and when to eat it. There are still many people who aren’t fat or obese in America.

Debates of schools being able to serve fast food items during lunch period and/or having outlets of them have been going around for years. High schools should be able to serve this kind of food. Students should be able to eat what they want, whether or not it is healthy. You can’t force kids to eat healthy versus eating junk food. They have to learn to make their own decisions and face the consequences. Schools also serve healthy foods such as sub sandwiches and juice. Obesity isn’t affecting America in any way. The fast food outlets such as vending machines could help students. They can help support things necessary to the school such as athletic gear, textbooks, computers, etc. Fast food isn’t as bad as people make it seem. It still gives the person protein and grains in their body.

Jenny asks…

A modest propsal…….?

so for our english class we have to model a satirical essay based off of jonathan swfit’s work about eating babies. We have to discuss a prevalent issue and coem up with something outlandish to solve the problem

so i was thinking that my topic would be overcoming obesity in america??

any ideas on outlandish solutions to that problem???

plz help
best answer gets 10 pts :D :D:D:D:D:D

admin answers:

The most outlandish is to conclude that obesity is, in fact, not a problem at all, but a solution. We shouldn’t overcome it, we should encourage it.

Argue that fat people should be praised for their conservation of natural and financial resources.
Oh sure, it *seems* as if they consume more than other people while they live, due to their obvious girth, but in reality, the fact that they die one, two, or more decades sooner than a healthy person actually reduces their total lifetime consumption – that when compared to a fit, still-kicking 80 year old, a fat, dead 48 year old has actually, on average, cut down 300 fewer trees, eaten 16 fewer cows and 312 fewer chickens, used 87,000 megawatts less electricity, consumed 43,000 fewer gallons of water, and saved 3141.59 pounds of fossil fuels (no more car or plane trips when you’re dead!).
And that’s not counting the numerous financial savings. Peolpe who die young, even after some health problems, need no social security payments, have no medicare expenses, show no prolonged health problems or ongoing medical bills (would you rather pay for a really sick fatty for 5 years or a mildly sick fitty for 35 years?), plus, they pay their estate taxes to the government sooner. For private industry, the rotund also use fewer retirement benefits, reducing matching 401k costs by perishing 15 years prior to retirement and keeping annuity fund costs down.
Just think, if GM had only offered up a free pizza bar to employees to encourage them to gain weight, the company might not have such upside down pension costs right now and would not be in risk of bankruptcy…

Heck, the fat are virtual heroes! Eco-warriors and shrewd financial savers that benefit us all. More of us should take up their example.

Plus, if you were to couple their already unhealthily beneficial lifestyle with higher junk food taxes now, they would gladly provide more income for the government while simultaneously subtracting expensive years from their life.

Additional benefits include the fact that fat people are slower and easier to catch if they commit a crime, provide much needed income streams to manufactures who have to make everything bigger (and can therefore charge more for it), reduce global over-population and free up hard-to-come-by housing by dying sooner, and the fact is that their tallow-filled bodies can be melted down upon their death providing both heat and valuable biomass for making products like candles and soaps – which provides necessary goods while reducing the need to kill animals for their lard.
One final benefit, while not looking to get too political, is that electing an obese politician is like selecting a natural form of term limits, keeping our corpulent governing body full of constantly fresh faces and ideas.

All that and they prevent animal cruelty? It doesn’t get much more Swiftian than that.

Oh, and if you want, much of the same can be said of smoking. We should encourage people to take up that habit, too. In fact, if people were only fat and downing two packs a day, the entire country would soon be on the road to easy street.

Sharon asks…


I had to do a paper for school heres the essay but i need help with my conclusion

“A lack of exercise robs the body of an essential ingredient.” The obesity rate in America is increasing, which is causing a rise in serious illnesses associated with being over weight. My career of choice is a personal trainer, upon becoming a personal trainer I will join the battle to fight obesity, and the diseases associated with it.
As a personal trainer you provide one-on-one or group guidance to individuals looking to achieve a certain fitness or health goal. A personal trainer typically works at a health and fitness club, gym, or spa as well as owning their own gym.
A few personality traits that are needed are communication skills, creativity, and dedication. The typical salary for a personal trainer ranges from forty thousand to eighty thousand in yearly income, the fringe benefits all depend on where and who you are working on. Advantages of being a personal trainer are that the salary is good, flexible schedule, and the impact on others lives. The disadvantages of being a personal trainer is that you may have to pay rent to the gym you are working at, and you may have a difficult time building up clients.
The pay for in gym personal training is exceptionally good in a few places such as San José and San Francisco California as well as Newark New Jersey, and New York City NY. The market for personal training is great, gyms have been known to hire as soon as you have been certified. The possible opportunity advancements for this career is taking the role of general manager, or possibly owning your own business.
Educational requirements to become a personal trainer are a high school degree, although it’s better to go to school and get a degree in exercise science. you have the chance to be an intern at a local gym, as well as learning the criteria to put you ahead of your competitors who didn’t further their education. Throughout your personal training career you can make advancements by moving up the ladder and becoming a manager or even owning your own gym.


admin answers:

In conclusion, even though the pay is better in those big big shot places, i’mma stay with my cousins in Michigan and raise some hell before I run away and become the next Jeff Willet. ;)

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Your Questions About Blood Sugar Spikes After Eating

Betty asks…

How does too much sugar hurt your stomach?

I know that sugar weakens your immune system and that it makes your blood sugar go up, but why does it make your stomach hurt or feel sick almost right away after you eat too much?

admin answers:

It does NOT weaken your immune system.

Sugar is something many people love. And when they eat a lot – they get sick.

You answered your own question:
When someone eats sugar, it breaks down fast.

Sugar makes your blood sugar spike. Which in turn makes your body have to produce a lot of insulin to combat that. (Blood sugar and insulin have to be balanced.)

That’s why people with diabetes usually have to give themselves insulin. Their bodies have a lack of it or don’t produce enough of it. (hyperglycemia)
People with lower blood sugars (hypoglycemia) have too much insulin and not enough sugar. So they may feel sick when they’re hungry due to the levels of blood sugar and insulin not being equal. (Or close to being equal)

Hopefully I answered your question.

Now here’s some more info: If you are talking about eating chocolate candy (with a lot of sugar) it’s different as there is another variable. The coco.
Coco beans have coco and another chemical in them.
The other chemical is why dogs can’t have chocolate – it’s deadly to them.

Well too much coco in your tummy won’t fare well for you – just think of us (humans) as being large dogs (and yes, larger dogs can eat little bits of chocolate because they have more mass and it doesn’t effect them as much) anyways — think of humans like that, we should only eat as much chocolate as our body mass can dilute.

John asks…

How i can reduce my Blood Sugar Level to normal?

Now My Blood Sugar level is 240. How Can i reduce my Blood Sugar level to normal? Give advice

admin answers:

Eat a low carb diet, evenly spread throughout the day. Like eating something every 3 hours.

Google Dr Bernstein . He is diabetic and eats a zero carb diet.

You can drink 1- 1 1/2 quarts of water at a time, starting about 1 hour after eating.

I ate Wheat chex this morning with a banana and milk. My 2 hour postprandial was 245. I immediately drank 1 1/2 quarts of water and did 1 hour of very light gardening.
At the end of that 1 hour, I dropped to 56. Another hour later I was at 66.

That was a 189 point drop in 1 hour!

Eat nothing after 6pm.

Exercise for 30 consecutive minutes every day, preferably starting 1 hour after your meals.

Take medications as directed by your doctor.

Cinnamon capsules can help many people.

Pair your carbs with fat and protein. Fat will slow down carbs absorption and thus lower blood sugar spikes. Just be sure it’s the good fat. Fish has the good fat in it (most of the fish does).

Try this: for every 1g of protein, eat 2g of carbs, and 3g of fat. This will slow spikes.

You can eat 1/4 cup of nuts (unsalted) and one apple for one of the meals. This should not spike you too highly.

Strawberries and heavy whipped cream make a nice snack and doesn’t raise blood sugars much.

James asks…

Can my friend with diabetes eat cooked onions?

My friend has REALLY high blood sugar. I believe that is type 1 diabetes. I’m not sure. Anyway, the question is that he says he can’t eat cooked onions because of the sugar, but i’ve read numerous sites online that state that they are actually really good for diabetes. Does anyone know the truth? He is coming over with his girlfriend for Thanksgiving and I just wanted to know if it was safe to put onions in the food.

admin answers:

I have been living with diabetes for the last five years and have never been told by a doctor to stay away from onions. I found this online that might help explain it better- “Onions, with 20 percent of your daily chromium requirement in one cup, are a valuable ally in the fight against diabetes and heart disease.This is important to know because onions are fairly high in carbohydrates as vegetables go. I have heard from readers who find that eating a dish rich in onions will cause a rise in their blood sugar, but clinical studies show that over time, onions lower blood glucose levels.”
I didn’t know onions were high in carbs. Which can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels.

Linda asks…

what type of foods do i eat for hypoglycemia?

I wanted to change around my diet I dont have diabetes but my blood sugar runs low and I feel like i am constantly testing & I feel “low” at 75 & feel like i have to eat right awayto spike it back up. what type of diet is best for me? how often should I eat?what is too low?how long do I wait to test again before i eat & should I test every time I feel “low” or just eat then wait? any examples thanks a lot

admin answers:

You want to be eating food with a low glycaemic index (takes longer for the vody to absorb) as this avoids a sudden sugar spike and then drop. Things like brown rice and pasta and wholegrain breads are good. Try googling low GI diet and there should be lots of things that you can try.
You want to be checking whenever you feel low and then give it 20 minutes after you’ve eaten to check again as food can take this long to start working. Try and eat regularly, lots of small meals is better than a few big ones as it distributes your carbs more evenly.
Hope you get it sorted soon!

Charles asks…

What is a safe method to lose weight if diabetic?

I have been having blood sugar lows when I try to eat less. What else is a good thing to do? I put on 10 lb. over the holidays and can’t seem to get rid of them!

admin answers:

There’s no question about it: If you’re overweight and have type 2 diabetes, dropping pounds lowers your blood sugar, improves your health, and helps you feel better.

For more on diabetes and weigh loss visist my free website

But before you start a diabetes weight loss plan, it’s important to work closely with your doctor or diabetes educator – because while you’re dieting, your blood sugar, insulin, and medications need special attention.

Make no mistake — you’re on the right path. “No matter how heavy you are, you will significantly lower your blood sugar if you lose some weight,” says Cathy Nonas, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

A 2001 National Institutes of Health study found that a combination of diet and exercise cuts the risk of developing diabetes by 58%. The study involved people who were overweight (average body mass index of 34) and who had high — but not yet diabetic — blood sugar levels.

“We know it’s true — that if someone with diabetes loses 5% to 10% of their weight, they will significantly reduce their blood sugar,” Nonas tells WebMD.

“We see it all the time: people can get off their insulin and their medication,” she says. “It’s wonderful. It shows you how interwoven obesity and diabetes are.”

Even losing 10 or 15 pounds has health benefits, says the American Diabetes Association. It can:

Lower blood sugar
Reduce blood pressure
Improve cholesterol levels
Lighten the stress on hips, knees, ankles, and feet
Plus, you’ll probably have more energy, get around easier, and breathe easier.

On a Diabetes Weight Loss Plan, Watch for Changes in Blood Sugar
Cutting back on just one meal can affect the delicate balance of blood sugar, insulin, and medication in your body. So it’s important to work with an expert when you diet.

Check with your doctor before starting a diabetes weight loss plan, then consult with a diabetes educator or nutritionist, advises Larry C. Deeb, MD, a diabetes specialist in Tallahassee, Fla. And president-elect of the American Diabetes Association.

“Don’t try to lose weight on your own,” says Deeb. “With a doctor and a good nutritionist, it’s very safe to do. This is very important if you’re taking insulin or medications.”

Go for the Right Balance in a Diabetes Weight Loss Plan
Christine Gerbstadt, MD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, warns: “You don’t want to run the risk of high or low blood sugar while you’re dieting,” she tells WebMD. “You want tight glucose control while you lose weight.”

Gerbstadt suggests cutting 500 calories a day, “which is safe for someone with diabetes,” she says. “Cut calories across the board — from protein, carbohydrates, and fat — that’s the best way.” She recommends that people with diabetes maintain a healthy ratio of carbs, fat, and protein. The ideal:

50% to 55% carbs
30% fat
10% to 15% protein

Watch the Carbs in a Diabetes Weight Loss Plan
For people with diabetes, a refresher course on carbs may also be in order, Gerbstadt says.

That’s because carbs have the biggest effect on blood sugar, since they are broken down into sugar early in digestion. Eating complex carbs (whole-grain bread and vegetables, for example) is good because they are absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream, cutting the risk of blood sugar spikes, Gerbstadt explains.

“Worst case scenario is sliced white bread,” she says. “Whole-wheat bread is an improvement. Adding a little peanut butter is even better.”

Simply cutting lots of carbs — a common dieting strategy — can be dangerous, Gerbstadt says. When your body doesn’t have carbs to burn for fuel, your metabolism changes into what’s known as ketosis — and fat is burned instead. You’ll feel less hungry, and eat less than you usually do — but long-term ketosis can cause health problems.

“Ketosis decreases oxygen delivery to the tissues, which puts stress on eyes, kidneys, heart, liver,” Gerbstadt says. “That’s why the low-carb, high-protein Atkins diet is not really safe for people with diabetes. Diabetics need to try to stick with a more balanced diet so your body can handle nutrients without going into ketosis.”

Special Challenges when Following a Diabetes Weight Loss Plan
“For anyone, losing weight is challenging enough,” Luigi Meneghini, MD, tells WebMD. Meneghini is director of the Kosnow Diabetes Treatment Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “For people who inject insulin, it’s even more difficult because they have to eat when they have low blood sugar. When you have to reduce calorie intake, prevent overmedication, and eat to correct your low blood sugar, it’s very challenging.”

Indeed, both low and high blood sugar levels are the two big concerns for people with diabetes.

Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia) occurs when the amount of insulin in the body is higher than your body needs. In its earliest stages, low blood sugar causes confusion, dizziness, and shakiness. In its later stages, it can be very dangerous — possibly causing fainting, even coma.

Low blood sugar is common when people lose weight because cutting calories and weight loss itself affect blood sugar levels. If you don’t reduce your insulin dosage or pills to match new blood sugar levels, you’ll be risking high blood sugar.

High Blood Sugar (hyperglycemia) can develop when your body’s insulin level is too low to control blood sugar. This happens when people on insulin or sugar-lowering medications don’t take the correct dose or follow their diet.

The Effects of Exercise on Diabetes
One of the benefits of exercise is that it helps keep your blood sugar in balance, so you won’t have to cut as many calories.

“Walk an extra 20 minutes a day, and you can eat a little bit more,” Gerbstadt explains, and instead of cutting 500 calories, “you can cut back just 200 or 300 calories, and still get excellent results in weight loss. You’ll also control your blood sugar. And the weight will be more likely to stay off if you lose it slowly, safely.”

Keep in mind: Each type of exercise affects blood sugar differently.

Aerobic exercise — running or a treadmill workout — can lower your blood sugar immediately.

Weight lifting or prolonged strenuous exercise may affect your blood sugar level many hours later. This can be a problem, especially when you’re driving a car. It is one of the many reasons that you should check your blood sugar before driving. It’s also a good idea to carry snacks such as fruit, crackers, juice, and soda in the car.

“With physical activity, you burn blood sugar as well as sugar stored in muscle and in the liver,” explains Meneghini. “People using insulin or medications to simulate release of insulin should closely monitor blood sugar levels when they begin exercising more. Over time, as you exercise regularly, you can reduce doses of medications and insulin.”

Getting Started on Your Diabetes Weight Loss Plan
Losing weight is never easy. That’s where a diabetes educator or a nutritionist can help, advises Deeb A diabetes educator or nutritionist can develop a program that fits you and your lifestyle — a program with realistic goals, he says.

“You will need a meal plan, one that you can follow every day. You’ll need to know how to alter your insulin and medication based on what you’re eating and whether you’re exercising more,” Deeb tells WebMD. “That’s the safest way to lose weight

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Your Questions About Army Pt Standards

Betty asks…

Army PT Card Exercises?

In my ROTC PT class we do an excercize game with a deck of cards. Where one suit represents push-ups, another sit-ups, and there is also crunches. Does anyone know what suit is what excercize and how many reps the cards equal? 1-9 is obvious but jacks, kings, and queens I don’t remember. Thanks.

admin answers:

I used to do this when I led PT in the Army. You can have it mean whatever you want, but the way I did it was as such:
Black were abdominal exercises:
Spades: Crunches
Clubs: Sit-ups

Reds were push-ups:
Diamonds: Close-hand push ups (“diamonds”)
Hearts: Standard push ups

2-5: 5 reps
6-9: face numerical value
10-K: 10 reps
A: 15 reps

Ken asks…

Army airborne pft???

Im going to bct in a couple weeks11x, so far my physical stats are pushups-40+, situps-50+, but my cardio is weak, i can run a mile in under 8:30(not by much) but thats it,that will get a little better, I am training question is if i make the most out of bct will I be able to get through airborne right after???
Im working on cardio pretty hard, and see improvement everyday but dont know how much BETTER ill get.

admin answers:

The initial entry PT test consists of the standard Army APFT. All age groups must pass this test using the 17-21 age group standards. The pullup requirement was lifted in October of 2006.
If you can’t pass that you will have trouble in the Army (especially in an airborne unit) and probably shoudn’t be graduating BCT. Start gtting that p.t up pronto. Stop thinking like a leg or you’ll be one hooah? Anyway, by the time you graduate BCT, you should be in much better shape, so don’t sweat it. Tackle one thing at a time.


Richard asks…

I army pt yesterday and i?

Iam 5’6 140. I had to do 47 push-ups in 2:00 mins, 53 sit-ups in 2:00, and 2 mile run in 15:36.
I did 47 push-ups in 1:30, 63 sit-ups in 2:00, and 2mile run in 15:30. <worst 15:30 of my life i had to run in 20 degree weather and i smoke pack a cigs a day.
i completed all tasks and now i'm E2.
What i wanna know is why my tasks were above everyone elses and is PT for everyone or just infantry soilders?
recruiters lie. why would i be an E3 i havent even made it to bootcamp yet.

admin answers:

Doesnt sound like your tasks were above everyone elses.

Husband is 21 years old and those are his minimun standards for passing his PT test. He needs to meet those exact standards in order to pass his PT test with a 50%.

You are probably in the same age bracket as my husband, and therefore you have higher standards than a 30 year old would.

And yes, PT is for everyone, not just infantry. My husband is Aviation (support) and he still needs to pass PT.

And you can be an E-3 without having gone through basic. My husband went in as an E-3 and is about to be promoted to an E-4 6 months later. So it is possible.

Sharon asks…


Hello, I am a army ROTC cadet (msII). I was recently given a slot to air assult school this summer. I use to play college football(TE) before I made my switch to ROTC, my pt score is 220(yea the sit ups suck ) , my question is how should I prepare for this school. I heard there was a ruck march , I Am on the ranger challenge team so we ruck a lot. Just looking for tips and insights on how I should train for these 10 days. I don’t wanna embarrass my battalion and PMS.


admin answers:

First, ask those who have went and graduated what they did before and during. The course is one of the few that doesn’t change standards every month lol.

Here is an official Army story to begin with about AAS:

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Air Assault School teaches students the tools they need to conduct combat air assault operations. “The toughest 11 days in the Army” is a common phrase among graduates, who include Soldiers from nearly every job specialty and international students.

With an average of 350 students per cycle vying for a slot in the course, several instructors from the Army National Guard’s Fort Benning-based Warrior Training Center got together to discuss what it takes to succeed, why some students fail and how to ensure you get a slot.

Sixteen instructors with WTC’s B Company teach the course. The Soldiers are from several states and most are combat veterans. In addition to teaching courses at Fort Benning, the instructors also travel to teach the Air Assault course to units worldwide.

Staff Sgt. James Hickman, a senior instructor with B Company, said a common misconception is that Air Assault School is “just about rappelling off a helicopter.” In the 11-day course, students are trained and tested in combat air assault operations, rigging and sling load operations and rappelling from a helicopter. They learn aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures and pathfinder operations in addition to completing two foot marches for a total of 18 miles.

“You need to be physically fit, mentally stable, adaptable – or you will have trouble,” said Staff Sgt. Bradley Hall.

Physical fitness and preparation play a huge role in making it from “zero” day to graduation day, said Staff Sgt. Louis Bravo.

“Zero” day is when all potential students are evaluated for a slot in the course, capped at 240.

They are evaluated on their physical and mental stamina by completing an obstacle course and two-mile run for time. Students who fail mandatory obstacles or the run are not admitted.

Bravo said the main reasons students don’t get a slot are because they are not physically fit or are overweight. While some students have months to prepare for the course, some are last-minute backfills for students who couldn’t attend.

“‘When did you know you were coming’ Four days ago,’” said Jeffery Tipton, listing a common answer students’ give for being unprepared for the course.

The “Air Assault Success Guide” is posted on the WTC’s website to help students prepare. The guide details how to improve your pull-ups and rope-climbing and outlines a physical fitness schedule to improve your foot marching ability.

For students who make it through “Zero” day, the real test begins.

An average of 30-40 students fail the course of those who make it past “Zero” day. Of those who fail, many typically don’t make it through sling load testing in phase two.

Students must identify three out of four deficiencies on a rigged vehicle or load in less than two minutes. They get two attempts to pass.

Though students are taught everything they need to know during the course, Tipton said potential students can look to Air Assault-qualified personnel within their unit to help them prepare.

When it comes to earning the Air Assault Badge, all the instructors agreed that preparation on all levels is key.


Another article about the training.


Set your sights on doing a few other things from the actual school and location your attending. You’ll do fine with the right attitude, study habits and fitness.

For example, here is Benning’s:


Good luck earning your “Bullwinkle Badge!”

Some vets kicking around answers about AAS prep:

William asks…

BCT in the Army??

My friend (who’s a guy) enlisted in the Army with me. He isn’t as athletic/fit as I am and cant run the mile in the time allotted. What happens? Does he still get to go to BCT?

***And question for me…What are some ways to graduate BCT with Honors?

admin answers:

If he cannot met the physical standards after a few weeks of training, he will be reassigned to a Conditioning Platoon whose sole job is to get people in shape. Controlled diet, lots of PT, they work miracles. He will then restart his Basic experience with a new company.

The best was to graduate with honors is *listen*. Your Drills will tell you everything you need to know, you just have to execute it to the best of your ability. Don’t be afraid to stand-out, take chances, and apply yourself. Our Soldier of the Cycle (back in 1984) was kid nobody thought would last a week. He pushed so hard that he motivated the rest of us.

I saw that during my tour as a DS. The trainees who get noticed are the ones who push beyond their limits and tackle each new challenge with gusto.

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