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Nov. 29th, 2001 | 02:26 am

So my doctor picked on me for gaining 60 pounds in 10 years, and wanted me to go on a diet.

I'm somewhat opposed to our cultures desire to force peoples bodies into unrealistic weights. Okay, it's taken me a long time to get as far as I have on that topic, which really wasn't that far. I still wish I was "thin", (whatever that arbitrary standard might be) so I could be "attractive"

My current theory on the whole weight thing is that the weight is irrelevant, health is determined by level of physical fitness. It's just that weight partially correlates with fitness.

So if I eat a reasonable balanced diet and get sufficient exercise, whatever weight my body drifts to should be my ideal weight, right?

Of course being a fat lazy american I don't get nearly the exercise that I should, nor do I eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. (Well I've got the grain thing down, it's those scary fresh fruits and vegetables that I've got problems with.)

So I'm wanting to collect data on my physical fitness levels to argue against a pure weight based definition of health.

Though it's looking like I could let myself get sucked into the hackers diet. There might be something amusing about tracking inputs (food), current state (weight, resting heart rate), and outputs (exercise, I could try weighing waste products but that'd be kinda tough). Think of the fun that can be had with obsessive data collection.

Or was it look at the silly things obsessive-compulsive people can get sucked into?

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