The Washington Post gives us 1000 words about a really smart guy with the
“kind of discipline that enabled him to earn a law degree from the University of Chicago while attending Harvard Medical School” who turns to dumpster diving in order figure out how Chili’s is making him (an us) fat.
At 5-foot-11, Kessler’s weight has swung from 160 pounds to 230 pounds and back, many times over. He owns pants in sizes ranging from 34 to 42.
“I was a fat kid,” he said. “I grew up in the world of Entenmann’s cakes. I was pretty much of a science nerd. If you looked in my refrigerator in college, it was Entenmann’s.”
Every few years, Kessler would go on a diet and apply the kind of discipline that enabled him to earn a law degree from the University of Chicago while attending Harvard Medical School. “I’d lose weight and over time gain it back,” said Kessler, who also completed a medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore at the same time he worked as a staffer to Sen. Orrin Hatch. “I couldn’t control it.”
The man who took on Big Tobacco was helpless when confronted with a plate of chocolate chip cookies. He couldn’t focus on anything else until he had eaten them all.
“My weight was yo-yoing all the time,” said Kessler, who estimates that 70 million Americans struggle with conditioned hyper-eating. “And I never understood why.”
Five paragraphs from the bottom the author finally mentions that that this highly disciplined guy has finally started exercising for the first time in his life. “I hated physical activity, all of my life, mostly because I was fat and it was hard to do.”
So in other words, it could be the fat, salt and sugar in the Chili’s eggroll.
Or, it could be the lack of exercise.