The Other I

April 11, 2015

Fat Chance

Filed under: Diet,Just Stuff — theotheri @ 2:08 pm

Almost two months ago I started my annual task of taking off the excess three pounds weight I’d put on during the Christmas & New Year holidays.

So far I’ve lost two pounds – that’s an average of one pound a month.  Our weather has finally turned the corner, and despite occasional cold and rainy days, we are clearly headed toward spring and working in the garden has increased my opportunity for faster calorie burn.  So I expect to reach my goal by the end of the month.

My arguments with my two-year-old self, however, hit a barrier two days ago with the publication of research here in the UK showing that obese people are less subject to dementia as they age than groups with lower BMI’s.

“YOU SEE!”, said my two-year-old self.  “That chocolate cookie would really be good for me.  And you won’t let me have it!”

So I looked at the research a little more carefully.  Sure enough, obesity – defined as a BMI greater than 26.5 – that begins in middle age, seems to provide some kind of protective factor against dementia, even when factors like alcohol and smoking are taken into account.  Being significantly under-weight in younger years is an even bigger factor predicting dementia, but I’ve never had a BMI approaching 20, which was the dangerous bench mark.  So my two-year-old is eyeing up that chocolate bar.

But there is also significant research suggesting that obesity is associated with increased risk of cancer.

And I do notice that nobody is recommending that people gain weight throughout middle age in order to stave off dementia.  (Although, of course, researchers do think it’s worth finding out what the protective factors are in obesity that seem to reduce dementia risk.)

So right now, I think I’ll stick with my BMI where it is – minus a pound that is.

And No, two-year-old, you can’t have that bar of chocolate until you lose another pound!  And I don’t want to hear from you again that chocolate is good for you.



  1. It’s nice you have a sure-fire recipe to take off the pounds and you’re able to apply it.

    You also have the advantage of not having metric system!

    Our gains are in Kilos:-)


    Comment by tskraghu — April 12, 2015 @ 2:47 am | Reply

    • Well, I’ve been discovering that my two-year-old self is very stubborn and self-willed. So I can’t say it’s a “sure-fire” way to lose weight. It’s a battle!

      But you are right: I do have a pound system. They use kilos now here in England, but I brought my original scales when my husband and I moved from the States. So I do get more frequent encouragement. (Unless I’m putting weight on, of course, when it works in reverse.)

      On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 3:47 AM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — April 12, 2015 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  2. My no-sugar thing is struggling with the amount of Easter Eggs lying around the house. Can’t wait to get back to a sensible diet (once they’re all eaten).


    Comment by sanstorm — April 12, 2015 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

    • I know what you mean about the eggs — especially the chocolate ones. I can leave bottles of alcohol sit on the shelf for months, haven’t the most-distant temptation to inhale either the legal or semi-legal stuff, don’t do drugs. But that darn chocolate/sugar combo is positively addictive!

      On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — April 13, 2015 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  3. Lose 2/3lbs BEFORE Christmas and afterwards be back to your fighting weight….Born during WW2 sweet rationing did not end until 1953!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I drink tea and coffee without sugar. However I always find it impossible to walk passed my local Bird’s Confectioners and NOT buy an ‘Elephants Foot’ 😉


    Comment by lairdglencairn — April 15, 2015 @ 6:24 am | Reply

    • I had to consult with my husband to find out what an “Elephants Foot” was


      Comment by Terry Sissons — April 15, 2015 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

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