Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quiz time

That's right, it's time for another awesome quiz, just in time for BACK 2 SCHOOL! Today's quiz is another gem from CNN.com. The link from the CNN.com homepage calls it "Fit or fat?" (hmm, how about "both"?), so you already know it's going to be a doozy. It's actually worth going to CNN.com right now (until they take it down) just so you can look at the link. The title is "Lose Weight with Knowledge" (ha!), the subtitle informs you that "What you don't know could be making you fat," and it comes complete with a picture of some dude's back, which is supposed to gross you out or something because he has love handles. But he has a shirt on and he's not really all that fat, so I don't totally get the image.

Anyhoo, the quiz. The first page promises that the quiz is going to show you just how easy it is to "Commit to Get Fit". I'm thinking they wrote this intro having no idea what the content of the quiz would be, because the quiz doesn't really have that much to do with committing to get fit, or showing how easy it is, or anything like that. There are only 6 questions, and they're mostly just trivia. For example, Question 1, "How many calories make up one pound of fat?" All you biology teachers out there are probably giving your head a good thump on the desk after that one. Who knew that fat is "made up of" calories? And I'm not even going to comment on the photo that goes with Question 1; it speaks for itself.

Overall, I got 5 out of 6 right. So I guess it must be the one I got wrong (#6) that's making me fat.

3 comments:

Natalie said...

Who knew that about ketchup? Certainly not I. Obviously, condiments are the downfall of western civilization.

Mary said...

Yeah, totally. I knew that most brands of ketchup had a lot of sugar added (and not just sugar, but icky high fructose corn syrup). But I wasn't focused enough on the ounce-for-ounce comparison with soda and orange juice, since I don't drink a lot of ketchup. What a stupid, meaningless comparison.

Shhh said...

So I took the stupid quiz (before reading the comments). I was actually disturbed to realize that I knew all of the answers to these questions. Why disturbed? Because it confirmed to me an awareness of the fact that I compulsively read so many of the fat and health-related articles that have appeared online over the past several years. I don't particularly think of myself as fat or health-obsessed. Yet I realize now that every story has stuck in the recesses of my mind somewhere. Do these articles influence my eating habits? Rarely. I'm generally a healthy eater. Am I overweight? Yes. Are my blood or cholesterol tests abnormal or disturbing? No. I'm a model of good health, apparently. Nevertheless, I read articles on weight and fat all the time. I can't stop. I blame society. And my mother.