The World Weighs In

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Last night (Wednesday) was “The Big Picture” night on CBC. Avi Lewis was showing David Attenborough’s Are We Changing Planet Earth. Note, I think this was the title but the Big Picture’s website said Can We Save Planet Earth which is a different documentary. I’m a bit confused. However, since Sir David was the narrator and appeared in the doc, let’s go with the first one.


It was very similar to Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, passing along much of the same information and describing ways to cut back on CO2 emissions in EXACTLY the same manner. I have to say though, as much as I enjoyed Gore’s film, I found that I took more away from Attenborough’s. Perhaps it was because this would have been the 2nd time hearing this information and therefore it sticks more easily. However, one thing I enjoyed about this new documentary was what Attenborough referred to as “The Carbon Family”. The Carbon Family was meant to represent the stereotypical family in the western world (especially North America). The program showed, through the use of some hokey graphics, how much a typical family of 5 with 2 cars, and a house with a garage contribute to the ever increasing amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Definitely had a bit more of an impact than a close up shot of Al Gore sitting in his hotel room. Again, another documentary I’m happy to recommend. Go and see it.

More television watching last night (my resolve to watch LESS tv has not come to fruition). While my Thursdays are taken up with the latest season of Survivor, Wednesdays are for The Biggest Loser. I have to say the show is certainly not the same quality as most reality tv shows out there but it has its value. It’s hosted by Caroline Rhea…’nuff said. The show focuses on two teams of overweight people led by a team trainer/coach. The goal is to be the person who makes it to the end of the show without being voted off and lose the most weight (by body %age). As a pleasantly plump, cutely curvaceous, saucy little sex kitten (yes, that’s what I call myself, if you don’t like it…get bent), I find it somewhat inspiring to watch people far heavier than myself lose vast amounts of weight and following their struggles. It helps to know that you’re not alone. I do have a problem with how fast they lose the weight – this week, one person lost 20 lbs. and quite a few of the remaining individuals had double digit weight loss. Sure, if I had nothing to do all day but work out and had someone to tell me what I could/could not eat and how to cook it, I could lose a whole lotta weight too. While I realize that some of these people are morbidly obese, isn’t it still considered unhealthy to lose more than a FEW pounds per week? Dropping so much so quickly can’t be good for you – how does your body adjust to the rapid changes? It took years for them to gain all that weight, they shouldn’t be dropping it so fast. But then again that’s just me. I’ll still continue to watch and cheer on my favourites.

3 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

David Attenborough was making environmental docs when Gore was in diapers (well...almost that long). I've seen other docs he's done and they're always excellent, with great camera work as well. I'm sorry I missed this one last night, but I'm sure the CBC will replay it.

I watched The Biggest Loser in the winter. I like "Taking it Off" which is a Canadian show usually on Discovery or TLC. It's very inspiring, too. I've just been told by my doctor to do cardio EVERY DAY, for mental health purposes (release of endorphins yadda yadda) so hopefully I'll be shrinking a bit in addition.

Karen said...

I enjoy taking it off as well - not so fond of "X-Weighted" (too much Paul Plakas) another show put out by the same company, Anaid Productions. I got to meet some of the office workers from their production office at a conference a couple of years ago - very nice people.

I'm going to have a look for some of Sir Dave's other docs.

Candy Minx said...

Great posts! I really want tos ee both those films, but Attenboroughs sound s especially good.

I like this show...and remember when one first goes ona work out and diet the first week or two is the most substantial weight loss over a period of dieting, it slows down a lot after that.

If you cut all starches and processed foods(yes including cereal and bread) in two weeks you will guarentee lose 10-12 pounds. If you work out 6 days a week, I can imagine that being a big plus.


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/11/magazine/11FREAK.html?ex=1284091200&en=96877282e743a89e&ei=5090

http://www.freakonomics.com/blog/2006/04/20/the-shangri-la-diet-between-hard-covers/


"What could be a more opportunistic means of generating data than exploiting your own body? Roberts started small, with his acne, then moved on to his early waking. It took him more than 10 years of experimenting, but he found that his morning insomnia could be cured if, on the previous day, he got lots of morning light, skipped breakfast and spent at least eight hours standing.

Stranger yet was the fix he discovered for lifting his mood: at least one hour each morning of TV viewing, specifically life-size talking heads - but never such TV at night. Once he stumbled upon this solution, Roberts, like many scientists, looked back to the Stone Age for explication. Anthropological research suggests that early humans had lots of face-to-face contact every morning but precious little after dark, a pattern that Roberts's TV viewing now mimicked."

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