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June 18, 2012

The weight of the world is on the shoulders of this numbers post

  • 316M the estimated weight, in tons, of the world’s population, according to British researchers
  • 17M the estimated number of tons the world is overweight; guess we need a diet or something
  • 1/3 of that weight from obesity is from the U.S., with five percent of the world’s population source

» The U.S. is making everyone look fatter: According to the study, published Monday in a British medical journal and researched by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Americans have a disproportionate amount of weight to the rest of the world. In fact, using numbers from the World Health Organization, the study noted that the average weight of people around the world is 137 pounds, but in North America it’s a much-huskier 178 pounds. In particular, Asia is a little on the svelte side, having 61 percent of the world’s population but just 13 percent of the weight caused by obesity. (edit to clarify; thanks BC)

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11:00 // 2 years ago
March 4, 2011
producermatthew:

Back in November, a 575-pound 29-year-old was hired to be the spokesperson for the “Heart Attack Grill” in Chandler, Arizona. In a controversial offering, the restaurant offered a free meal to anyone who weighed more than 300 pounds.
Thursday evening, the website AZCentral.com reported the plus-sized spokesperson had died. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, though friends of spokesperson Blair River speculated it was complications from pneumonia brought on by a case of the flu.

Reblogging because we want to give ProducerMatthew credit for this one as well.

producermatthew:

Back in November, a 575-pound 29-year-old was hired to be the spokesperson for the “Heart Attack Grill” in Chandler, Arizona. In a controversial offering, the restaurant offered a free meal to anyone who weighed more than 300 pounds.

Thursday evening, the website AZCentral.com reported the plus-sized spokesperson had died. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, though friends of spokesperson Blair River speculated it was complications from pneumonia brought on by a case of the flu.

Reblogging because we want to give ProducerMatthew credit for this one as well.

1:51 // 3 years ago

Protip to all greasy burger joints: If you want to promote your product, you probably shouldn’t use an incredibly fat guy to satirically promote a “diet” designed around gluttonous pursuits, and then suggest that said diet might lead to “mild death.” Which is why we’re writing about our boy Blair River right now. Yes, he died. It was sad. He was only 29. While it’s rumored it was because of flu/pneumonia symptoms, everyone is going to think his weight – 575 pounds on a 6-foot-8 frame – had something to do with it, even if it didn’t. Which, as an end effect, may lead the Heart Attack Grill to lose a few customers. To put it lightly. (thanks nhaler) source

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1:46 // 3 years ago
October 28, 2010

Get rich quick scheme: Suing McDonald’s for making you fat

  • 12 x 65 = the number of years a Brazilian McDonald’s employee worked at the restaurant, and the number of pounds he gained while working there
  • $17,500 the size of the judgment for the Brazilian, who should have a Marie Claire article written about how ugly he is any day now source
22:23 // 3 years ago
October 26, 2010
So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.
Marie Claire writer Maura Kelly • Basically calling fat people ugly and claiming that they’re at fault for their conditions. Kelly, who was responding to a CNN article about Hollywood’s treatment of plus-size characters in TV shows, went on to claim that “obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over” and offered advice to people to lose weight. The result? Well, she’s pretty much the most hated woman on the Internet today, was forced to respond to the article to apologize profusely, and should probably never write anything ever again. Listen, Maura, Julius may have a few extra pounds on his torso, but he’s not going to take your abuse! Say one more word and he’s gonna chase you down with a Twinkie or one of those dumbbells he never uses. source (via)
20:39 // 3 years ago