In October 2009, Ronald Kratz II was fired from his job for being morbidly obese. Kratz, 42, had worked at BAE Systems Inc. since 1994. He claims that he had always received good reviews and was surprised when he was suddenly fired from his job as a materials handler at BAE Systems because he was obese.
BAE Failed to Accommodate Kratz BAE Systems is a military vehicle manufacturing company that is based in Virginia. Kratz weighed as much as 680 pounds when he worked at BAE’s manufacturing location in Houston. He insists that his weight did not interfere with his ability to perform his job. He claims that approximately 90 percent of his job involves sitting and typing at a computer. His other job functions included counting products and occasionally driving a forklift.
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When you think about keeping a journal, I bet you don’t associate it with healthy eating. To most people, journaling sounds like something a kid does when they’re in high school to sort out their feelings or write about a crush in class. But the daily writing process behind journaling actually has many practical uses, among them the ability to help you get a hold on healthy eating habits. A good old fashioned journal might be just the thing you need if you’re struggling to maintain a healthy diet.
Sounds crazy, right? Hear me out.
Some evidence of food journaling’s effectiveness
A recent article from WebMD explains the food journaling phenomenon, and how it can help people take control of their eating habits. The article discusses the findings of a study where a group of dieting (Read More....)
America has long been known as a “fast food nation.” In fact, if you ask people in other countries what they know about America, you’re likely to hear things like, “Americans love McDonald’s,” and “Americans are fat.” While these statements are stereotypical, there is some important meaning in them. America is home to more fast food chains than any other nation, and they just keep coming.
Why do we have so many fast food establishments? The answer is actually quite simple. Americans are busy people! We are expected to raise children, hold down jobs, attend PTA meetings, and balance a thousand things at once. That leaves little time for educating ourselves on nutrition, let alone for preparing healthy, hearty home-cooked meals.
Furthermore, food is expensive! If you go down the aisle at your local grocery store, you will see just how much it costs to healthfully feed a family. Organic and all-natural foods cost a fortune when you compare them to processed conventional foods. Many parents just choose to bypass the expensive grocery store items altogether, instead opting for “dollar menu” items and other cheap, quick fixes. Even families that don’t resort to fast food often find themselves giving in to unhealthy choices.
There are many boxed, bagged, and frozen (Read More....)
Height and weight charts are one of the ways that people measure their own size against where they ‘should’ be. However, they have long been questioned as to whether they are appropriate tools for all or even the majority of women. There are many points of view on the subject.
Height and Weight Charts
In the simplest extreme, height and weight charts include a height combined with a weight range that is considered ‘ideal’ for each height. Slightly more complex charts offer a choice for women to categorize themselves as small, medium, or large framed. To use these, women must first calculate their frame size.
The main problem with these charts is that they do not take into account body composition. A woman may be heavier than the chart says she should be, but because of muscle, not fat. Likewise, a woman who thinks she is fine because she is within the recommended range can still have quite a high body fat percentage.
Alternatives to Height and Weight Charts– BMI
One common alternative that is being used a lot these days is the BMI (Body Mass Index). It essentially a weight chart by a different (Read More....)
Obesity rates in the United States are rising – there’s no question about that – and for years have been higher than other countries. Latest statistics show that over 35% of American adults are obese and almost 20% of American children are obese. Mexico and the United Kingdom are a distant second – closer to 25% of adults are obese in both countries – and Japan, with a lowly 3.2%, is number 28 on the list. The weighted average of the top 28 states is over 14%, but still far lower than the United States average.
On average in the U.S., minorities seem to have higher rates of obesity, with the exception of Asians, who were significantly lower than all other people groups. White Americans show lower obesity rates than all other groups except Asians. Another trend indicates that education and poverty levels seem to have an impact on obesity. Adults who make less than $15,000 a year have obesity rates of about 10% higher than adults who make over $50,000 in the United States. Adults who failed to graduate high school have obesity rates of 12% higher than adults who graduated college.
State by state, results tend to vary, with a higher prevalence of obesity in the south and Midwest and lower obesity rates in the coastal areas. Colorado has been the state with the lowest obesity (Read More....)