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Re: [IP] pump and be fat



I had to answer that last comment b/c my husband and I just returned from
Ireland and Wales (with a little time in England).  Everyone in Ireland was
amazingly thin and several of the B&B proprietors we stayed with marvelled at
the immense size and weight of Americans.  They were kindly but quite
genuinely awestruck.  I did see a few overweight people in Dublin and, in the
small cities ocassional individuals who were a tiny bit plump.  I didn't
realize quite how thin they all were (they seem quite unconcerned about the
issue except for their absolute amazement about Americans) until we got to
Wales and England.  Many working class or obviously less well off people were
clearly overweight though perhaps not too huge.  That is hardly surprising
considering their diet.  While it is easy to attribute Irish slimness to
poverty, it was quite clear that the country is going thru an economic boom
and that, while people are not affluent, between socialism and the newer
industries like software and tourism, no one is going hungry.  I wondered if
it might simply be that Irish people seem to move around more in their day in
all sorts of small and large ways doing things I think the rest of us might
tend to avoid.  Possibly not.  Who knows.

As for weight gain on the pump...I've had a pump for 17 years now and have
been periodically told that it is inevitable.  My own experience is that I
gain weight if 1).  I suddenly start covering food accurately and fully after
having been running high for an extended period of time (haven't done that
one in a long time though), 2).  If I am swinging around and taking insulin
for a high and carb for low and back and forth.  3+ of this and I gain 4-12
lbs.  3). When my basals are not quite right but pretty good.  Now that
Michael has the basal checker on the home page, you can really fine tune
them.  I find that when I get everything to work I loose weight to a lowish
level and then stay about the same even with munchies or big meals a few
times a week.  Of course, just like anyone normal, if you overeat too often,
you'll gain weight.

Ruth

email @ redacted wrote:

> In a message dated 6/25/98 2:23:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> email @ redacted writes:
>
> <<  are you telling me it's true then? That Americans really DO eat
>  more than is nutritionally necessary? That they're incapable of knowing
>  when to stop? I had generously thought it was xenophobic nonsense, but
>  you're telling me some really cannot limit the day's consumption? ;-p >>
> Are you implying there are no obese Brits?
>
> Barbara B.
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