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Old 04-29-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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I found this article on the internet:

Why Office Workers Gain Weight: The Real Reasons - Associated Content

I can really relate to it. All the things that article point out are what I've been subconciously doing and have started gaining weight because of it (I think).

Do you think this is legit, or just more weight loss propaganda by someone or some company with an agenda?
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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I think its one part true, one part propaganda and two parts writer had to come up with a story to meet deadline.

I work in a rather large office and the people who work with me are for the most part in good shape. The only ones who are overweight are the moms who have nothing going on in their lives other than their children. These are the single moms. Those are the ones who are fat. We have plenty of other mommies here who are in good shape because they workout, watch what they eat, have hobbies, have husbands, etc. and they for the most part are all in good health/shape. Even the typical "beer drinker" guys who are here are only maybe 10lbs overweight. I wonder why the married moms are thin and the unmarried/single moms are not?

So all in all, I dont think that article is on to anything significant.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:38 PM
 
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I wonder why the married moms are thin and the unmarried/single moms are not?

I really don't think that would hold up in any sort of formal study!!

I know a number of really really fat moms...and they are all married. I know women do tend to keep weight on after having kids (though there is no excuse for that in my book), but I have never heard it correlated with marital status. In our town there aren't really very many fat people (married or single)--it's a pretty fit area--but those I know who are fat are married...
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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I really don't think that would hold up in any sort of formal study!!
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I know. I was just looking around the office to see who was who. Thats when it hit me - single moms=overweight; married moms=fit.

Back when I coached my stepsons Little League Teams in Encino California about 99% of the moms were married and fit. 1% were not fit. I dont remember any mom who was a single mom and I was there for 3-4 years.
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Wu Dang Mountain
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California has a totally different outlook on fitness than Pennsylvania, trust me...

Must be all those fruits and nuts.
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I found this really interesting because just this morning my husband and I were talking about it. He said he read an article that said that people tended to weigh at least 40 lbs heavier once they got married. I mean, he was saying that people who got married tended to gain more than their single counterparts if that makes any sense. I think it would hold up to a good study. A stratified data set taken from across the country, covering all major areas, east/west, south/north, could show that. It'd have to be a long-term study, but those have definitely been done before. Remember scared straight? They followed those kids into adulthood!

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I really don't think that would hold up in any sort of formal study!!

I know a number of really really fat moms...and they are all married. I know women do tend to keep weight on after having kids (though there is no excuse for that in my book), but I have never heard it correlated with marital status. In our town there aren't really very many fat people (married or single)--it's a pretty fit area--but those I know who are fat are married...
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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So check this out, I searched the net and found that the U.S. Census Bureau did indeed conduct a study. I had a hard time deciding which article to post here there were so many!

ABC News: For Better or Girth? Marrieds Pack Pounds
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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California has a totally different outlook on fitness than Pennsylvania, trust me...

Must be all those fruits and nuts.
Part of that is probably the fact the CA has a much warmer climate than PA, which allows people to be outside and active even in winter months. PA winters aren't very conducive to outdoor activities other than shoveling snow.
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