Funny Fitness Fridays Episode 5: Bacon Prevents Hair Loss

When San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban toys in the McDonald’s Happy Meal, they were finally taking a stand against big business advertising to children. Of course you can argue that parents are ultimately responsible, but the target is still children. Get your child a Happy Meal and they will be happy…Happy Meal = Happiness.

Tobacco companies are selling a nicotine dispenser full of toxins and unhealthy, cancer causing substances so why do we allow fast food companies to sell essentially an edible version…Fast food is essentially a sugar dispenser packaged to look like real food, containing various unhealthy substances. Have you seen what’s in fast food chicken nuggets for example?

Anyhow, in this week’s Funny Fitness Friday we bring back Jack from Jack in the Box with another short scene sure to get a smirk out of you.

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Burgers, McRibs, and a Ban on Happiness: Buzz Week in Review – Yahoo! News

McDonalds Happy Meal

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Leave it to my hometown to be the city to set the trends for health in the United States. For as long as I can remember smoking has been banned in public establishments so when I arrive in cities or countries that have yet to ban this I tend to wonder how far behind are some of these places with regards to overall health and wellness.  I mean in San Francisco there was even a ballot measure to ban smoking in parks, pushing smoking even further away from those of us trying to enjoy fresh, clean air.

Interesting move by San Francisco to ban toys in happy meals. What’s significant about this is that the aim of the happy meal is children. As Whitney Houston said a long time ago (before her crack addiction) and I reiterate, “I believe that children are the future, teach them right and let them lead the way”. Well with regards to health and food choices we need to help our children make the right food choices.  The happy meal is no more than a marketing tool that targets children with fun toys as a lure to get them started on what will inevitably be their addiction to sugar filled fast foods…

Burgers, McRibs, and a Ban on Happiness: Buzz Week in Review – Yahoo! News.

Obesity in Asia Part II; Global Solutions

 

Obesity Campaign Poster

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We all know that the globalization of food and general western ideas is spreading across the world from Africa to South America and Asia. Here in Asia I have watched as numerous fast food companies have developed strong footing in the region, the latest company being Krispy Kreme Donuts which just opened a brand new location in Bangkok’s most famous shopping mega-complex Siam Paragon. The march is on by the fast food giants and they are selling the world on early onset of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

The rapid growth of wealth and prosperity in this region coupled with a lack of health initiatives and educational programs has allowed the quick injection of these companies along with their marketing genius.  The kids are recognizably fatter than before. Many long term expatriates have said that they can clearly see the difference in size of Thai people today versus 10 years ago or even 20 years ago. In general the world as a whole lacks proper educational programs and funding to combat the spread of this global phenomenon. Read more of this post

Krispy Kreme in Bangkok, McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks and now this ?

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

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I remember discussing the globalization of sports in graduate school and we discussed all the major sports that were globalizing their brands; all of the companies like Nike, Adidas and various others that were taking on the world in a major way. I recall sitting in class thinking, “Hey I’m in fitness. What in the world does this have to do with me?”  Well, sometimes as a coach you have to get down on the field before you can see what’s really going on out there. Now that I’m officially global, I can see what’s happening more clearly. Read more of this post

101 Ways to Lose Body Fat

For the 101st post on Bangkok Personal Trainer, here is my list of 101 ways to lose body fat.

1.Eliminate Fast Food

2.Eliminate Breakfast Cereals

3.Cut Rice down or out completely

4.Cut out packaged foods

5.Eat something small and full of fiber before going to dinner parties

6.Cut out soft drinks and prepackaged juices

7.Drop the alcohol

8.Stay away from refined sugar

9.Cut out bread

10.Drop the Pasta Read more of this post

Super Size Me Part I

After years of recommendations I finally got around to watching Super Size Me. Well, I must say that America and the rest of the world really haven’t listened to John Banzhaf and his message as the waistlines have continued to increase and people around the world continue to consume large amounts of fast foods and generally unhealthy amounts of food.  Watching this movie really opened my eyes to a pandemic that is directly impacting our way of life. Read more of this post

Obesity Growing in AsiaPart 1; A Global Problem

Obesity Campaign Poster

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Have you ever had your body fat tested? Do you realize that just because you’re small or because you’re smaller than most people and look slim that you still may have unhealthy levels of body fat?

I live in Asia so it’s only right that I discuss the issues facing my country of residence. I have not forgotten my American roots, but the epidemic that was once only an American issue is now a pandemic. Obesity is on the rise globally and where there’s an inferno blazing out of control in the United States, Asia is smoking. But where there is smoke there is fire right? Read more of this post

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