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Prince Charles warns Brits not to get fat like Americans
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Posted on 01/27/2006 1:41:43 PM PST by Angus MacGregor

Don't follow super-size Americans, says Prince

By Andrew Pierce

THE Prince of Wales warned the British people last night that they were in danger of becoming as obese as many Americans because they did not walk or cycle enough.

The Prince, who has a fleet of chauffeur-driven cars and has rarely if ever been seen in public on the saddle of a bike, said: “We are perhaps not very far behind our American cousins in the ‘super-sizing epidemic’.”

In his speech at St James’s Palace he gave warning of a worrying sharp rise in childhood obesity. His intervention comes after the British Medical Association said that Britain’s fat youngsters, who account for a third of all obese children in Europe, were at high risk of developing life-threatening conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. One million under-16s were so fat that they were putting their health at risk, the BMA said.

The most recent statistics from the Department of Health indicate that more than 40 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women are overweight and 20 per cent of both are obsese.

The Prince, who credits his trim figure to a diet of one organic meal a day, which he calls the Des O’Connor diet, and long walks on the Scottish moors when he is at Balmoral, said that the rise in obesity was partly caused by the design of modern towns and cities.

“Research suggests that walking or cycling for just half an hour a day can have a significant improvement on our state of health. But why don’t we do it more?” The answer, he said, was that too many towns made it virtually impossible. “It might help if the built environment was more appealing and attractive to pedestrians.”

He urged the Government to embrace the work of Richard Jackson, a former adviser on health to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California. The Prince said: “Dr Jackson and his colleagues have pointed to a disturbing link between the built environment, physical inactivity and what he terms a syndemic of diseases, including, perhaps most worryingly, childhood obesity.”

Last year Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, and Margaret Hodge, the Children’s Minister, said that junk food advertisements during children’s television programmes would be banned by law if the industry failed to agree a voluntary code. They were contradicted by Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, who said that the scheme would undermine income for ITV.

The topic of how building design affects public wellbeing is one of the Prince’s favourite hobby horses. He set up the Foundation for the Built Environment, which hosted last night’s event, to promote traditional urban design and architecture that put communities at the centre of the process.

In the past, he has called for greater integration of complementary medicine, to be used to tackle obesity, especially in youngsters. In November he backed demands for healthier, more nutritional, school meals.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: obesity; princecharles; princeupchuck
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I'd rather be fat then have teeth like this...


1 posted on 01/27/2006 1:41:44 PM PST by Angus MacGregor
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To: Angus MacGregor
Hey Britain.

Your Prince is German, pass it on...

2 posted on 01/27/2006 1:42:36 PM PST by Angus MacGregor
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To: Angus MacGregor
Good thing he has a day job - diplomacy is right out!
3 posted on 01/27/2006 1:42:43 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Angus MacGregor

LOL!


4 posted on 01/27/2006 1:42:59 PM PST by Serb5150
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To: Angus MacGregor

Bush ought to tell the American people to brush their teeth so we won't be mistaken for fat Brits!......


5 posted on 01/27/2006 1:44:08 PM PST by Red Badger (...I will bless them that bless thee and those who curse thee I will turn into Liberals..........)
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To: Angus MacGregor
And get a real education so you don't become as ignorant as your inbreed prince.
6 posted on 01/27/2006 1:44:49 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Angus MacGregor

I'm with the Prince on this on. Truth hurts but sometimes it needs to be said. And I'm just as guilty as many others about putting on too much weight. But at least I'm working on it.... lost 25 LBS so far.


7 posted on 01/27/2006 1:44:54 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Angus MacGregor

This royal Ass is stuck On Stupid.

He would make good company for Kennedy and Kerry , two dolts Stuck on Stupid.


8 posted on 01/27/2006 1:44:55 PM PST by chatham
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To: Angus MacGregor
I'd rather be fat than married to this...


9 posted on 01/27/2006 1:45:01 PM PST by Serb5150
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To: Angus MacGregor

An example of good inbreeding. If he becomes king, he will be known as "Charles The Insipid."


10 posted on 01/27/2006 1:45:17 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Dearest Prince:

It's hard to get fat with no f***ing teeth. Try fluoride, you inbred German self-parodying twit.


11 posted on 01/27/2006 1:48:12 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Angus MacGregor
I wonder if the Prince is aware of the growing subculture of cradle-to-grave-welfare recipients in his country, and how they're contributing to the obesity problem. They're reknowned for littering their govt-housing yards with fast-food wrappers, since most never learn to cook. They have no incentive to save money by preparing healthy, low-cost meals, since all their needs are met with govt welfare checks, nor to think about the future, for the same reason.

The prince is correct in disliking the hideously ugly government housing built by the liberals in charge of his country, but those buildings aren't the cause of obesity. As long as so many British (and non-British) citizens are encouraged to live only for the moment, with no exposure to the idea that their lives might have meaning and purpose, the wave of obesity will continue to swell.

12 posted on 01/27/2006 1:50:57 PM PST by American Quilter (The urge to save humanity is nearly always a cover for the urge to rule. - H.L. Mencken)
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To: Angus MacGregor
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13 posted on 01/27/2006 1:51:01 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Dontcha wish Charles could be our king, too, so he could tell us what to eat? Of course, he'd have to marry Hillary, since she's h-ll bent on becoming our queen...


14 posted on 01/27/2006 1:51:12 PM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: Petronski
It's hard to get fat with no f***ing teeth. Try fluoride, you inbred German self-parodying twit.

BooYah!!!!

15 posted on 01/27/2006 1:51:19 PM PST by Angus MacGregor
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To: taxcontrol
lost 25 LBS so far.

Good show - that's almost 2 stone! Run a few more furlongs in the coming fortnight, and you'll be slim as a cricket wicket!

(I agree with the prince about staying in shape, but I resent the comparative part of his speech - I may be fat, but I don't want to be told of it by some jug-headed polo-geek.)

:-)

16 posted on 01/27/2006 1:51:45 PM PST by A. Goodwin
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To: Angus MacGregor

17 posted on 01/27/2006 1:56:31 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: taxcontrol
I'm with the Prince on this on. Truth hurts but sometimes it needs to be said. And I'm just as guilty as many others about putting on too much weight. But at least I'm working on it.... lost 25 LBS so far.

I am as well - some of these people not happy with his comments remind me of some people being upset over Bill Cosby and his comments about the black community.

The truth can hurt very much, but when you go out, you notice more and more people and chilrdren are in bad shape.

I'm not in the same shape I was in when I was in the Air Force - once I retired and started working in the private sector, I found more and more excuses not to exercise or eat healthy, and several of my friends over the years are the same way, and it all just kind of sunk in over the past six months or so (weird how you can go for years and not realize something), and so I'm working on dropping 30 or so pounds.

Probably what sunk in was the prospect of being a grandparent and realizing that if I don't do something now, I'm not going to enjoy being a grandparent - I'd end up one of those grandparents that sit around, rather than one out fishing and hunting with their grandkids, or playing catch or whatever.

That scared the crap out of me - my grandfather farmed and ran cattle up until the very end, and was very active outdoors (hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc.) and I can't imagine what it would have been like to have one that was a couch potato - I would not have gotten to know him as well when I was growing up.

I'm afraid we are going to have a generation or two of children that are just not physically active, and anytime you see a large group of kids, it shows. I know, I'm getting old when I complain about the kids these days :-)
18 posted on 01/27/2006 1:58:10 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: A. Goodwin
Cant run... bad knee from the Army. Well I can make it about 200 yards then I loose a layer of enamel from my teeth grinding.

So I'm learning to swim instead. Not quite there yet, but paying for private lessons.....and doing weights and elliptical machine till the day I can lap swim the local rec pool.
19 posted on 01/27/2006 2:06:36 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

You probably want to keep that enamel intact - I believe it comes in handy! Swimming is excellent, I've often thought I should take it up for when running/biking become more difficult.

Weight lifting seems to be the most effective weight-loss approach for me, with moderate cardio stuff to maintain stamina and keep the ticker happy...


20 posted on 01/27/2006 2:13:17 PM PST by A. Goodwin
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To: Angus MacGregor

Normally Id tear into any non American for making a statement like that but in this case Chuck is sadly right. Too many Americans are way to &%$#ing fat.


21 posted on 01/27/2006 2:16:05 PM PST by DogBarkTree (The higher the monkey climbs the flag pole, the more people can see his @$$h0!e)
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22 posted on 01/27/2006 2:20:52 PM PST by Angus MacGregor
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To: Serb5150

If Prince Chuck dumped Cammy, he'd lose about 140 pounds pretty darn quick! (I'm too polite to say "140 pounds of ugly fat").


23 posted on 01/27/2006 2:23:16 PM PST by steelcurtain
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To: Angus MacGregor

24 posted on 01/27/2006 2:26:10 PM PST by steelcurtain
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To: satchmodog9

Do you know where that photo was taken? In England or abroad?


25 posted on 01/27/2006 2:36:09 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Angus MacGregor
And we Americans promise not to have big ears and say stupid things.
26 posted on 01/27/2006 2:56:37 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Condimaniac)
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To: dennisw

http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/02/1571924.php Here you go. This is the article I found containing the photo. He is a world class turd. Defender of the faith my ass.


27 posted on 01/27/2006 4:41:16 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Yeah, I was just going to mention, don't they have a dental crisis he should be worrying about instead?


28 posted on 01/27/2006 5:21:37 PM PST by Lanza
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To: taxcontrol

Being over weight may be a problem in the US, but it doesn't seem to be the cause of childhood diabetes.


29 posted on 01/27/2006 5:25:17 PM PST by Eva
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To: satchmodog9

Thanks much. Prince Charles the Muslim


30 posted on 01/27/2006 6:08:06 PM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Angus MacGregor

I'm fat; but I'd never cheat on a spouse.

THAT kind of pig, I'll never be.


31 posted on 01/27/2006 6:11:00 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Whether it is true or not, for someone next in line to the throne [long live the queen!], that was undiplomatic.


32 posted on 01/27/2006 6:48:25 PM PST by KittyKares
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To: Angus MacGregor

Say what you want but America is fat as hell.

Here in Nashville, I'd wager a third of the lower to lower middle class women are obese....not fat...obese.


33 posted on 01/27/2006 7:15:25 PM PST by wardaddy (Alito is Clapton)
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To: DogBarkTree; dixiechick2000

No kidding. When I was in high school in the early 70s....maybe 1 in 50 girls were truly fat fat.

Nowadays, high school girls are much heavier overall....maybe 30% heavier....cup sizes are up correspondingly two.

father of 4 here including two average sized high school girls who are considered rail thin by their peers but would have been normal in my day.


34 posted on 01/27/2006 7:18:42 PM PST by wardaddy (Alito is Clapton)
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To: Angus MacGregor
“Research suggests that walking or cycling for just half an hour a day can have a significant improvement on our state of health.”

Reasearch suggests the royal family are inbred dimwits.

35 posted on 01/27/2006 7:22:22 PM PST by Casloy
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To: wardaddy

Ive heard it said that the growth hormones in beef could have a hand in kids being larger than they were in the 60's and earlier. Who knows? Could be something to it.


36 posted on 01/27/2006 7:23:59 PM PST by DogBarkTree (The higher the monkey climbs the flag pole, the more people can see his @$$h0!e)
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To: Angus MacGregor

Dear Prince Charles,

I may be fat, but you're ugly; I can diet.

Sincerely,

Me


37 posted on 01/27/2006 8:07:30 PM PST by Born Conservative (Chronic Positivity: http://www.livejournal.com/users/jsher/)
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To: wardaddy; DogBarkTree

You are right, wardaddy.
We didn't have a weight problem back then.

This area is known to stress fitness and nutrition.
But, folks are very big out here, especially the young'uns.
That's to be expected when they eat Toaster Struedel for breakfast,
McDonald's/Taco Bell for lunch (in school, no less), and KFC for supper.

I remember when "fast food" came out of a machine. ;o)

I bet your darling girls are built like you.
Between you and the lovely mrs. wardaddy, your boys have fantastic genes.


38 posted on 01/27/2006 8:12:19 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: dixiechick2000

Not only that, we got a lot more excercise back then too. I cant remember how many bicycle tires I wore out and had to change. If I wanted money I cut grass, raked leaves, and had a paper route. Most kids I knew did the same. Sadly, those days are long gone.


39 posted on 01/27/2006 8:19:47 PM PST by DogBarkTree (The higher the monkey climbs the flag pole, the more people can see his @$$h0!e)
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To: DogBarkTree

"Not only that, we got a lot more excercise back then too."


We surely did!
We were outside as much as possible.
And, we didn't have to be told, either.
It was fun!

The chores weren't fun, but they instilled
a work ethic, and we were rewarded for it.

Also, we had gym class in school.
That was one hour a day where you HAD to exercise.
But, that was fun, too, for most kids.
Sadly, a lot of schools have cut way back on gym,
or dropped it completely.


40 posted on 01/27/2006 8:27:42 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: DogBarkTree

Not only do we super-size our meals and have buffets galore here in America compared to Europe - but we have those sweeteners that mess us up - not to mention computers that won't release us so we can exercise! Thus, no lean machines! I admit - I'm guilty too!

And - You're absolutely right - they put growth hormones for animals to fatten them up for the market - and guess what! We are fattened up too! Have you seen the commerical about choosing chickens that have not been treated with growth hormones? I recently found out soy and broccoli makes you fat too! And - I love broccoli!

Bottom line though is the best exercise - Think Thin! What would a Thin person eat? And would they eat as much as I have on my plate right now...?


41 posted on 01/27/2006 10:36:40 PM PST by Anita1 (You can't argue against the truth!)
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To: Angus MacGregor

"The Prince, who has a fleet of chauffeur-driven cars and has rarely if ever been seen in public on the saddle of a bike, said: “We are perhaps not very far behind our American cousins in the ‘super-sizing epidemic’.”"

I guess we cannot tell what this paper's bias is towards charles....why don't I ever see something this inflammatory when it is a DNC politician yakking.

Of course, with the UK the response will be to put fat people on a special list and incrementally deny them certain medical services.



42 posted on 01/28/2006 3:34:35 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: af_vet_rr

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I am as well - some of these people not happy with his comments remind me of some people being upset over Bill Cosby and his comments about the black community."

It does seem predictable when a foreigner is reported with comments that point out a factual or honestly debatable issue with americans or america, they shoot the messenger and often ignore the message.

If we don't want to be referred to as fat by foreigners, I guess that is tough, cuz americans as a group sure ain't gonna give up twinkies.


43 posted on 01/28/2006 3:37:37 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: DogBarkTree

I suspect it is hormones, because diet overall is certainly not better than even 20 years ago, certainly not in things that help growth.


44 posted on 01/28/2006 3:40:16 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123; Angus MacGregor

Whoa, why did I use the future tense? The UK is denying certain medical procedures to the fat already! NHS is faster than I thought.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1542542/posts


45 posted on 01/28/2006 3:43:37 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: dixiechick2000

I have actually counted the percentages of truly fat folks in a Wal Mart or Cracker Barrel or Sams or maybe even while I'm parked out front of a TJ Maxx waiting on my wife.

It's astounding and there is a definite socioeconomic component that seems to cut across all races.

Folks used to say it was because poor folks ate crap because it was cheaper. I think it's also about self discipline....which applies to work ethic same as appearance though no doubt there are stronger social pressures on wealthier folks to not get fat....especially the wives.


46 posted on 01/28/2006 7:40:59 AM PST by wardaddy (Alito is Clapton)
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To: wardaddy
I agree with everything you said.
It's all very true.

There is only one thing I would add
that may play a role in this subject.
England's food is less than palatable. ;o)
47 posted on 01/28/2006 8:36:52 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: dixiechick2000

no kidding....once past fish and chips, shepherd's pie and yorki pudding it gets sorta rough


48 posted on 01/28/2006 8:42:02 AM PST by wardaddy ("My name is War, and I'm a FReepaholic")
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To: Angus MacGregor
Prince Charles warns Brits not to get fat like Americans

Americans warn Brits not to get jug-eared and fugly-wived (-wifed?) like prin(cess) charles.

49 posted on 01/28/2006 9:34:31 AM PST by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: Angus MacGregor

I guess there is no point in warning them not to be inbred like him. The stupid inbred Kraut.


50 posted on 01/28/2006 11:10:53 AM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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