Cracker by Damian Christie

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Cracker: The Harvard Centre for Self Evident Studies

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  • Robyn Gallagher,

    If the results of this study seem obvious, then you've probably never hung out in the Trade Me forums.

    Pregnancy weight gain is a given, but some women have trouble dropping it. They may have no idea how to lose weight, and will cling to any old wife's tale they can regarding weight loss.

    Given hot many fat mommas there are in America, it's surprising this study wasn't done earlier.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1858 posts Report Reply

  • Mike Graham,

    With regards to weight loss, that great Scottish philosopher Billy Connelly once remarked that the easiest way to lose weight was to "eat less and move more". Self evident yes, but not practised by enough of us!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 202 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    So maybe the research on post-partum weight loss makes a bit more sense in the full context of Oken's research.

    Oh, Neil. You're ruining all the fun!

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1315 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    i find the research disturbing in the context of striving for what many.... can't think of the word... "caucasians?" think is the ideal female shape.

    teenage boy + big top end.

    yawn.

    most of that post-pregnancy weight probably adds in just the right place to make her, you know, a woman.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • rodgerd,

    Oh Che, you're so enlightened. Tell us more!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Billy C: Retaining water?
    Billy C: Retaining chips more likely.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Wedde,

    most of that post-pregnancy weight probably adds in just the right place to make her, you know, a woman.

    Women come in all shapes and sizes and I, for one, don't need some bloke telling me how exactly I should look to look like, you know, a woman.

    Lower Hutt • Since Nov 2006 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    "1. Being really good looking and uber-rich increases your chance of getting laid."

    I beleive Paris Hilton has been investigating this already.

    The results are not in yet.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    I, for one, don't need some bloke telling me how exactly I should look to look like, you know, a woman

    yeah i hate that too

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Wedde,

    I beleive Paris Hilton has been investigating this already.

    The results are not in yet.

    The antibiotic prescriptions are, however.

    Lower Hutt • Since Nov 2006 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • Leigh5,

    I recently carried out my own study entitled "Breaking your leg a week before you are meant to be flying out to the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean is a really stupid idea"
    11 people took part - 1 had the real break (myself) while 10 mates took the placebo version (ie. no broken leg) and as I type are winging over the skies to the West Indies.

    Findings are pretty conclusive and result not just in feelings of stupidity but also mild depression at the thought of having to now work the next 5 weeks and unreasonable bitterness towards placebo participants at the holiday they are on that was oganised by leg breakee....

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Good of you to take one for science.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6179 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    OK. So someone has to be boring... but it is worth pointing out that sometimes things which seem self-evident turn out to be totally wrong.

    And, call me boring, but I had a look at Emily's paper, and it's probably fair to say that it's the journalist making her look stupid. A few interesting, and perhaps not self-evident things
    * A year post-birth, the average was .6kg away from pre-pregnancy weight (so on average, pretty much no extra weight)
    * Mothers failing to loose weight were on average approx 2 years younger
    * And there were a bunch of interesting things that didn't directly affect weight gain, such as employment status, depression, smoking, and breast-feeding

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 689 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    James you could never be a journalist. the Earth is flat and the sun moves around us.

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    sorry, never be an msm journalist

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    My journalistic cynicism started early. By the age of 13, quotes from me, taken from an interview that never occurred had been published. And it hasn't really got a lot better ever since. One other career highlight was discussing Susan Wood's experiences in public toilets on Breakfast...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 689 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    Susan Wood's experiences in public toilets sounds a bit more msm

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    James, you're going to need to come in for re-programming, it's fine really, just a little scar, on the forehead...

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    don't listen James, that what he said to me and now look at me

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    What are you doing Dave?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Open the bomb-bay doors HAL...!

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Flushed you out, you replicant!!!

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Riddley Walker,

    This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it John.

    AKL • Since Feb 2007 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Paul Wood,

    * * * * * * * * * * * *
    * * SPLAT!!!!!!!! * *
    * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Christchurch • Since Jan 2007 • 175 posts Report Reply

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