The "skinny gene" has been discovered. Stop dieting!

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    Sep 04, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    Just blame your parents.
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    Sep 04, 2007 8:45 PM GMT
    ARRRGGHHH!! I'm not surprised at all. I have to do IMMENSE amounts of exercise just to lose a pound or two, and my brother (he's 22, I'm 20) can eat fast food everyday and gain nothing! Very frustrating.

    All you "skinny gene" people have NO IDEA what it takes!! Enjoy your thinness. :)
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    Sep 04, 2007 8:50 PM GMT
    yo if they want to experiment on someone I'm here. Pick me Pick me!
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    Sep 05, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    Well of course the real lesson there is that you just need to start a good famine to weed out all of the "thin gene" people. THEN we'll see who's the "fittest."
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    Sep 05, 2007 12:41 AM GMT
    Unless the fat people just eat us first.
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    Sep 05, 2007 12:52 AM GMT
    Actually eating the fat people would make more sense -- or at least each one would go a little further, and just think of those calories from the fat!

    What you suggest mindgarden is suspected in many of Pacific Island groups who have high rates of obestiy and obesity related diseases. Those who survived the periodic famines were those who passed on their genes.
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    Sep 05, 2007 12:53 AM GMT
    If we try to eat the fat people, the vegetarians will kill us.
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    Sep 05, 2007 2:40 AM GMT
    Speaking on behalf of someone who has the skinny gene.. put yourself in our shoes for a second.

    1. We have to eat massive amounts of shit that isn't all that healthy for us to get to a weight we want to be at. And all it takes is one off day and you lose 4 lbs.

    2. People tell you how skinny you are all the time because no one thinks it's rude. But no one would ever call a fat person fat.. to their face.

    People with regular metabolism can do a lot of cardio to get into shape and shed pounds. But it's just as hard to skinny people to gain weight than it for regular people to lose it.

    Plus, it's such a burden to be able to wear Abercrombie, and wake up with ripped abs, and get all the guys.. You have no idea how hard it is.

    Xo
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    Sep 05, 2007 2:55 AM GMT
    boo on you McGay, hating on us in EVERY thread lol

    and boo on you BR for being that skinny B*tch
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:54 AM GMT
    I have the skinny gene, but its not so bad that I'm skin and muscle and cannot gain weight. I simple don't gain or lose weight very much at all.
    I have a pair of abs that show below my ribs, but the other two are going to take some work and cardio to get exposed.

    I've gained about 2 lbs per year since highschool. I'm now at the point when its going from just general growth to submuscular fat development. Chucky would lambaste me as a looser with years of neglect. Compared to him, he's right. Although I would contest that I don't have low self-esteem. I was just use to having it good without having to pay for it.

    So, I've gotten to this point with very little cardio and no regimen of gym style exercise. (landscaping also does keep you fit - though there really isn't any cardio) So I'm really looking forward to the rewards that getting this in on my life is going to bring and is bringing. I've come down from 174 lbs to 168 in about 4 months, by engaging in cardio and loosing a bunch of carbs from my diet. ( I can't believe how much cake, cookies and bread I use to eat. )


    Both my parents have the fat gene. I have three older sisters. #1 and #3 fat, #2 and myself thin. Those poor girls they can't loose weight to save their lives. #2 and I are good-naturedly kidded about it at family gatherings. Maybe the thin gene is recessive?







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    Sep 05, 2007 9:59 AM GMT
    Chill the eff out slayer. Try to find some vegetables that will inspire your sense of humor before you give yourself an aneurism.
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    Sep 05, 2007 1:22 PM GMT
    You mean now they find a skinny gene, so they can market it and everybody will be thin. What a strange world. Everybody will be thin and about the same size. Now fat people will be what everybody is after. Fat people is cute, attractive and irresistable. Maybe they can make an excellent sci fiction movie about it.
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    Sep 05, 2007 1:52 PM GMT
    "If we try to eat the fat people, the vegetarians will kill us"

    And compost you to feed the soy beans.
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    Sep 05, 2007 2:27 PM GMT
    and then hug it out because of the estrogen party
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    Sep 05, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    I wonder how long it will take before this becomes the new fad excuse...like hyperthyrodism in the 90s...
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    OK. There is much missing in this story. I wish one of the biologists here on RJ would comment.

    Since no one has ever proven that the simple equation (Calories In - Calories Out = Weight Change), I am assuming that this "skinny gene" works by discouraging the absorption of calories from the food these people eat.

    The way this story is reported, of course, encourages people who are overweight to sigh, and say, well, it's just not my fault...and there's nothing I can do....

    McGay, keep up the humor...most of us recognize and appreciate it....

    John
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    Oh my typos....

    I meant...

    ...since no one has ever proven that the simple equation (Calories In - Calories Out = Weight Change)is incorrect...
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    Sep 05, 2007 5:42 PM GMT
    Well of course no one gene is going to control everyone's body proportions. It may explain ectomorphism for some people, but probably not everyone. The biochemica function of this gene is not known, but obviously it messes with one side or another of that equation. Either reducing "calories in" (for example, by preventing uptake of some nutrients, eventually shunting them out the poop chute) or by diverting "calories out" (e.g. by shunting calories that "should" be stored as fat to heat-generation.)

    But today, it seems more fun to go back to the evolutionary famine scenario and figure the relative abilities of skinny people to outrun hungry fat people. Does the skinny one run out of energy before the fat one has a heart attack from the pursuit? Maybe it only works on an island, where there's no place to run to.
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    Sep 05, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    Or does the skinny hunt down the slow fat one and live for another winter?
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    Sep 05, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    "hunt down" and then what? Can the skinny guy out-wrestle the fat guy?
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    Sep 05, 2007 6:10 PM GMT
    His superior brain power (from eating fish) has equipped the skinny guy with the spear he needs to penetrate the fat guy, and so, dinner's ready.
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    Sep 05, 2007 6:19 PM GMT
    mindgarden said: "...Does the skinny one run out of energy before the fat one has a heart attack from the pursuit? Maybe it only works on an island, where there's no place to run to...."

    I can tell you, as a distance runner, that I could run and run and run and run. Also, I could also run shorter distances pretty quickly.

    So, while my "top" weight training friends will often joke that I might be able to outrun them in the long run, but they'd catch me in the first 100 to 400 yards...PSHAW!! No way.

    Interesting that Michaelangelo Signorile's interesting and thought provocative book "Life Outside" comments on why the "runner-look" is so despised in the gay community, despite the fact that runners are such good athletes...

    Essentially, he says that in the gay world the "fight" part of the "flight or fight" impulse in human survival is the only thing valued. He traces that partially to the "wasting" that occurs as the result of untreated AIDS...but that is another thread.

    John
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    Sep 05, 2007 7:09 PM GMT
    Hellooo... "famine."

    The famine has hit the skinny guy so hard that he thinks that rock he's gnawing on is a fish! No wonder he doesn't have the strength to run any more.

    If we accept the pacific island story, then we know that somehow, the fat guys won in the end. Or maybe "poi" is a brain food.
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    Sep 05, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
    Famine, shaman. We runners will just exist on air....and microbes...

    :-)
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    Sep 05, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
    pahahahahaha! touche'