Friday, April 13, 2007

Fat or Friction

Great news. I've just heard that a particular gene (or probably technically an "allele") has been discovered which is present in 70% of obese subjects.

Did anyone else hear the sigh of relief wheezed by overweight people all over the country?

I worry that this finding might be used as an excuse for people giving up and not trying to do anything about it...
"It's not my fault, it's m' genes!" mumbles Mr Fat, reaching for his fourth pie of the morning...

Otherwise I've had quite a nice day. The weather's been lovely and sunny & I've been in lectures so haven't actually had to do anything all day! In a break, a few of us even played frisbee outside.

Apparently there's a game called Ultimate Frisbee - team sport, quite serious, league matches and everything. One of the guys today plays it and I swear, I have never seen a frisbee thrown so well! Accurate, smooth regardless of whatever speed it's thrown, glides through the air like a UFO, no wobbling in the slightest... amazing... (well, maybe you had to be there)

I love frisbee. We even took one with us to Morocco and played frisbee in the Sahara!

Remember at school, when the weather was good, teacher would sometimes let you have a lesson outside? Well, I've suggested to the surgeon in the past that we could take all the equipment out with us and operate in the park near the hospital. He said no.



At April 13, 2007 7:07 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Sounds like the Simpsons episode with a very similar subject:

(If you haven't seen it the splat sound is one of homers tennis ball's landing in a patients chest)

At April 13, 2007 11:47 PM, Blogger DrShroom said...

The fat gene is a pet peeve of mine; I still say no-one fat came back from Auschwitz / Belsing / The River Kwai, genes or no genes. What makes you fat is more cake and less exercise...

At April 14, 2007 11:25 AM, Anonymous hel said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm cake

At April 14, 2007 12:50 PM, Anonymous Ed said...

god i hope drshroom isn't a real, medical doctor! obviously u can't be fat if you have no food. aren't we supposed to read the bmj and such to keep up with these 'updates'?

At April 15, 2007 6:32 PM, Anonymous me said...

I am fat (ish) because I'm eating too much chocolate that gets left lying around on the nurses station. Its not MY fault its just asking to be eaten.

Although the gene excuse is a good one, i'll remember that.

At April 17, 2007 6:55 PM, Blogger Aureole said...

Knowing that 70% of fat people have this gene isn't informative unless we know how many non-obese people do.


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