BMI related health bonus?

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the white-saviour plot currently popular by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 08:57:54 AM EST
That plot's been popular for years. "Lawrence of Arabia" being one example.

The only people who know about 'aperture' are the ones who've used SLR's. I know people much older than I who've never known about it. Or about shutter speed or ISO numbers.

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Bought book,wonder why people dont buy Amazon only by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 09:36:57 AM EST
I checked the book in a price compirison website. As almost always Amazon was the cheapest, 11.99.

Then I went down the road to my local WH Smith and they happen, surprisingly, to be carrying the book, the price was "reduced" from 19.99 to 17.99 (or thereabouts).

No wonder WH Smith and other brick and mortar retailers are feeling the squeeze, I can't believe that the marginal convenience of picking a book right now costs £6.00.

Strangely enough the book costs around 12.00 in WH Smith's website ...

When I buy books from Amazon . . . by lm (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 03:32:23 PM EST
. . . they tend to come from bricks and mortar stores that are Amazon affiliates and usually undercut Amazon's price. Usually the cost at the affiliates + shipping are less expensive than Amazon + free shipping.

But I don't buy many best sellers. My two most recent purchases where Alan Rosen's Kant's Political Philosophy and Procus' On the Existence of Evils.

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iPad by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 10:10:02 AM EST
It's not really that new, is it? There have been plenty of tablet PCs released.

I think the major failing is the screen, any prolonged reading needs the sort of screen e-readers have. This + what the iPad does would be a winner.

It's political correctness gone mad!

I know it's a joke, but... by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 11:45:03 AM EST
For a lot of people, cooking at home (and being good at it) is the road to weight loss not weight gain due to home cooking being generally much healthier than prepackaged or restaurant meals.

Also, when comparing fat and happiness, I think they may be running into the whole "correlation and causation" thing.  A valid alternate hypothesis is that people overeat when they get depressed.
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Correlation and causation by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 02:35:50 PM EST
It does say: "These findings control for obvious influences upon happiness such as age and income, and also attempt to control for reverse causality - the possibility that people eat because they are unhappy. "

Of course, they may have messed up the statistics.
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Not only that, but consider the question as stated by lm (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 10:23:37 PM EST
``So if you're fat because of your wife's great cooking, the rational course is to murder her?''

Presumably one might first try not being such a pig and eating so much of your wife's great cooking.

Unless, of course, one accepts the premise that murder is eminently more rational that adopting a measure of self control.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Contractions by Herring (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 03:56:50 PM EST
I don't know if it means anything, but your observation is that historical fiction has few apostrophes. I have observed that science fiction has many apostrophes. I'm not sure what this means though.

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ipad by garlic (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 05:28:46 PM EST
it may not be a better ebook reader or better netbook, but combining the two is the most interesting aspect I think. One of the big problems I have with ereaders is their single purpose.

That is a fun rant by lm (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 06:13:21 PM EST
If the choice is between listening to the wisdom of Kirk Cameron and singing Jars of Clay songs and pledging our virginity versus going to college, reading Kant and fornicating? I can tell you, categorically, we’ll be going at it like heathens and Democrats.


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WIPO: good, could be better, possibly illegal by lm (4.00 / 1) #11 Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 01:58:49 PM EST
A person with a chronic condition which causes obesity might have a good case on the grounds that the practice is discriminatory unless Whole Foods can show a strong correlation between where employees fall on the BMI charts and job performance.

Body fat percentage would also make a better foundation. I'm not one of those folks that think BMI is straight from the pit of hell. I think BMI is useful as a general metric with regards to the average person. But I'm not certain that it is such a great metric that I would base a health bonus on it if I what I wanted was a standard by which to measure the general health (with regards to obesity) in my employees.

Aside from people outside the norm (athletes, the very tall, the very short) for whom BMI is problematic, there are quite a few couch potatoes that have normal BMI that would fall into the class of `overweight' if you measured their body fat.

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On the Whole Foods link by lm (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 07:10:09 PM EST
I finally got around to visiting it, and then visiting the link that the link linked to.

`Bonus' is a bit misleading. The perk tied to BMI is an employee discount on Whole Foods merchandise. The better the BMI, the better the discount. I don't know that I'd consider that a bonus.

But a comment of the link that the link led to pointed out what is probably the driving motivation. If more employees have `good' BMI measurements, the employee work force in general will appeal healthier to shoppers whether or not they are. It's an incentive to look healthy, not an incentive to be healthy.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.