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BBC Article on Muscle Building Youths

"Mr Muir adds: "Beckham had the body that teenagers wanted - athletic and slim.

“But then, Daniel Craig emerged from the sea in Casino Royale in his pants and all that changed. Craig is a lot more muscular, beefier and that is now the ‘ideal look’.”

But it is a trend which is worrying experts. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7576733.stm

It’s interesting he doesn’t bother saying which supplements cause harm

Typical BBC reporting. No substantiating evidence at all.

Mind you, the media in general are like that. Shame people take them seriously.

I don’t understand why they are putting a negative spin on a good past-time for high school kids.

Ohhhhh save the children they are innocent. At 15 or 16 I didn’t want to be saved and I was far from innocent.

I think people should be happy this kids are in the gym and not on the street hustling or other street type behavior.

Wow. Where does he get “losing their innocence” from going to the gym? That’s insane. “I don’t want to be obese.” What a horrible goal. Let’s discourage them as much as possible.

Just a question: why did the article call him and his friends “gym bunnies”? Here in the States, chicks are usually referred to as bunnies: playboy bunnies, ski bunnies, etc. It seems a little strange to me that the author of this article applied the term to males. It seems like “gym rat” would be a more appropriate term.

[quote]dirtbag wrote:
I think people should be happy this kids are in the gym and not on the street hustling or other street type behavior.[/quote]

Seriously. I know in England they’ve been having some issues with youth violence. Why discourage someone who is having fun and getting a “buzz” from a healthy, productive pastime?

“Bench” it like Beckham!

I’ll bet the author of that article is a fat slob.

There was also this one recently…

Bodybuilder scarred from steroids
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7575024.stm

“His friend and fellow gym-bunny 16-year-old Adam Kite, also from Dunstable, agrees”

I think they workout so that people don’t call them bunny!!!

[quote]Kruiser wrote:
“Bench” it like Beckham!
[/quote]

I LOL’d at that.

“I got into the gym cos I wanted to do something with myself. I thought that if I went to the gym and got a good body I might actually be able to get somewhere”

Tragic. These poor kids. Looking to do something with themselves…

daniel craig is beefy ?

What can you do… It’s the uninformed public again. They used to burn witches back in the day, now they hate everything that could have ANY KIND OF POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE HUMAN BODY OR CHARACTER.

If a conspirist were to read these threads. S/he would say that the governments are trying to prepare us for the eventual new world order in which nobody should stand out from another.

blah blah blah

[quote]Rattler wrote:
If a conspirist were to read these threads. S/he would say that the governments are trying to prepare us for the eventual new world order in which nobody should stand out from another.

blah blah blah[/quote]

Well maybe so but people do dislike anyone thats different all throughout history there has been examples of this…
These days anyone who doesn’t have a beer belly and a good deal of fat covering their frame isn’t “normal”.

[quote]Renton wrote:
Typical BBC reporting. No substantiating evidence at all.

Mind you, the media in general are like that. Shame people take them seriously.[/quote]

If you have any sort of math background (or even not) I recommend some of the books by John Allen Paulos on “Innumeracy” (think illiteracy but with mathematical common sense). One of the peaves he discusses repeatedly is the utter incompetence of news reporters in discussing anything with the slightest hint quantitative content, and the tendency of people to believe them regardless. Related to this, the underlying problem he points out is that journalists have well below average levels of education in sciences and math in general and really aren’t fit to discuss most of the things they do.

Related to the loss of innocence thing- When in human history have kids that age not had to work towards something and why is it a bad thing for them to do so? One thing I remember from going to Cambodia was seeing kids-- tiny kids-- working their assess off, not only in selling garbage to tourists, but in behind the scenes stuff as well. I think where we are in history, with this idea of prolonging “innocence” even just to adolescence is a complete departure from the natural state in which our species and civilizations have developed.

[quote]cyph31 wrote:
daniel craig is beefy ?[/quote]

Internally rotated humerii are sexy.

Daniel Craig is the new Brad Pitt.

[quote]etaco wrote:
Renton wrote:
Typical BBC reporting. No substantiating evidence at all.

Mind you, the media in general are like that. Shame people take them seriously.

If you have any sort of math background (or even not) I recommend some of the books by John Allen Paulos on “Innumeracy” (think illiteracy but with mathematical common sense). One of the peaves he discusses repeatedly is the utter incompetence of news reporters in discussing anything with the slightest hint quantitative content, and the tendency of people to believe them regardless. Related to this, the underlying problem he points out is that journalists have well below average levels of education in sciences and math in general and really aren’t fit to discuss most of the things they do. [/quote]

Will check Paulos out - thanks etaco.

“The danger is that many teenagers either take too much of the shakes instead of a nutritious diet.”

Valid point. Only valid point. Even then it’s not valid in the sense they meant.

“Everyone is growing up far too quickly. Some 15 to 16-year-old boys are working out like men - is this good for them?”

Yes, it’s good for them. WTF?

What a half-assed piece of journalism.