Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die.

Morning Chumlies, and a fine sunny day it is too. Having spent much of yesterday lollygagging about, playing pool, drinking beer, shooting the breeze, not wearing green, laughing at the drunken antics of the city youths, pondering just why it is that grown men and women seem to revel in wearing over sized fuzzy green hats and beards, eating Bobo Burgers with extra hot chilli, I am now in a slightly portly but decidedly pleasant daze.

Life could be worse you see, I could suffer from...Drunkorexia!
Oh yes, drunkorexia, the newest and most deadliest disease sweeping the lands. Some women (had to be us) it seems, ever conscious of their figures, are skipping meals in order to drink their daily calorie intake. Oh yes. And thus drunkorexia was born.
Observe, from the telegraph.

Women are increasingly skipping meals in order to "spend" their daily calories on drink in a phenomenon known as "drunkorexia".

With pressure on young women to drink but also remain slim, many are now swapping dinner for a large glass or two of wine.

Slimming clubs where food items are given points and dieters have to stick to a daily limit may encourage the practice, according to experts.

They said the habit, widespread in America, is becoming more common in Britain.

Prof Janet Treasure, the head of the eating disorder unit at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, said the practice was very dangerous as it was effectively combining binge drinking and disordered eating patterns.
"They get fully hooked, it is an extremely noxious thing. It is more common with bulimia than anorexia but you get the combination of empty calories with no nutritional value and the risky behaviour that goes with being drunk."

Gram for gram alcohol has more calories than carbohydrate or protein and a small 150ml glass of white wine can contain 150 to 170 calories.

This would mean a large pub glass of wine which is commonly 250ml would hold as many calories as an average light lunch."

Oh dear. Going on yesterday's intake of sweet sweet beery goodness, I might as well skip food for the rest of the week. Oh no wait, I won't.
Drunkorexia, like anorexia, or reikiorexia is something I will never suffer from. Not while kebabs and dodgy looking burgers taste even more delish after a few scoops. Wine WITH food is yummy, actually food in general is rather yummy. I pity the folk who cannot enjoy either without adding a disorder to the mix.
Drunkorexia? Bollocks, if you're not eating because you value drink more than food, then -let's call a spade a spade here- you've got a drink problem. If you put alcohol above anything, say family or work you've got a drink problem. Dressing it up in pithy titles won't change it.
Drunkorexia, I doubt it, but I'm going to go with being against it.



Anonymous Nonny said...

It is such a load of shite. We are a generation of excuse makers. Cop outs. I do sympathize to an extent with anorexia but making a conscious decision to forgo food in favor of alcohol they don't have a problem they are just stupid. Drunkorexia is just the technical term for thick as shite.
Imagine not eating all day, I'd die after about 2 hours. I swear to God I eat constantly. I hope I'm not alone, is everybody else like this? I lose weight rapidly if I exercise and don't eat enough. .I can't understand how people deliberately don't eat. You'd be sick drinking on an empty stomach. And you know what I bet if you saw an apparent sufferer of Drunkorexia she'd be tubby.

12:29 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I imagine the male equivalent is sixpackorexia - drink like a fish but keep the fab abs.

12:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Soft Nonny, they look soft. Not eating done't make people look fit or toned, just think and soft.
Conan, ah yes, the buns of steel and abs of rock, sponsored by Carlsberg.

12:47 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sorry, the fucking cat was on the keyboard looking for a neck rub. Think=thin, Doen't- doesn't. There there bigger of the cats, someday I will wring that neck, not rub it.

12:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't do it on purpose, but some calculations on Sunday proved I consumed half my Saturday calories in the form of Guinness.

But since Guinness is food, it doesn't count as drunkorexia. Right?

1:14 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

A friend of mine from Bulgaria said it was common for women to drink two beers at lunch but no food. They never ate bread either. She was so skinny when she came to the U.S. and she was also balding from poor nutrition.

1:21 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

There is absolutely no doubt that I eat less when I'm drinking Guinness, but it's not a conscious decision - I just get full. But back in my college days I definitely drank more than I ate - and I'm not sure it was a conscious decision then either, it was just my barfly lifestyle at the time. I couldn't do it now even if I wanted to. I can't imagine how shitey that would make one feel. Yuck.

But giving it a name and calling it a disorder? OFF SIDES!

No sir, I don't buy it. And I do NOT approve.

1:26 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

As the ould lad down the road from our house used to say to Gamma, 'shure there's 'ating and dhrinking in the black stuff.'
Full of iron too I believe.

1:37 p.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

will nobody think of the waiters......? people should eat and drink more.......more!

1:50 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm doing my level best to keep both trades going, hooch and food!

2:11 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

I luurve Guinness but even after many pints you'll still find me hanging desperately onto the counter of oh say one unsuspecting Burger King or perhaps one of the many fine chip shop in our capital, ordering two of everything with extra mayo on my shipppss…. And the worse state I'm in, the more I eat. Seriously, there is an obese person in me trying to get out. One of my mates operates with the 'eating is cheating' rule. But, alas you can still find her scoffing a fry in Rathgar of a sunny Sunday morning. People with Drunkorexia are tools.

2:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

True anorexics wouldn't touch the hooch. In that disease the need to be excessively thin masks what is something more akin to an excessive need for control. The thinness is a symptom. I used to know a schizophrenic girl who would have bouts of it periodically whenever she got ill. The rest of the time she didn't care what she ate.

Drunkorexics are silly, vain women with their priorities shot and no clue what they're doing to their health.

The two can apparantly exist side by side though - and when serious - not merely vanity - can be devastating. A school friend of my mother's married a woman who became anorexic and alcoholic in her late 30s. Mother of three. She died before she was 50 from heart failure. She was a desperately unhappy, fucked-up woman. And unreachable. I'd never known a person could have both these illnesses at once but she was seriously clinically ill.

2:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking from stateside, america has shite for eating habits and basic nutritional knowledge. thinking back, i don't think i ever had a lesson, let alone a course, in proper nutrition. it would be shot to hell anyway, with the government surplus lunches of fries, pizza, and american cheese, anyway.

ffs, i'm in my mid twenties and just now learning about proper portion sizes and dietary guidelines. i've never had a major food or weight issue, and i've been fortunate to have physicians who believe in a good diet and exercise to cure all that ails you. it just bothers me that in order to understand proper nutrition and the like you have to 1) realize that what you know is most likely wrong and 2) make a conscious effort to learn and make changes.

----daisy mae (on a public computer, and can't for the life of me remember my blogger sign-in)

3:10 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Quite the timely post FMC, given that the majority of the Irish worldwide were yesterday foregoing the balanced diet for the "sure I'll get a packet of pringles at the next bar" approach.

Just thinking about it tho - I'd usually skip dinner on a friday for the sake of a few pints after work which inevitably ends up with me harrassing the staff at the local kebab shop at 3 in the morning. Not healthy, but fun none-the-less.

3:52 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

I think the media should get together and make a concerted effort to stop adding to the underweight/overweight problem. They are always deliberately publishing photos of celebrity cellulite or wrinkly knees or dimply thighs on very skinny celebs.(some of which are probably faked on photoshop); and photos of absolutely normal sized celebs from a bad angle to make them look fat. The cadaverous Nicole Richie, Teri Hatcher and Calista Flockhart all look just as awful as the obese Beth Ditto and Dawn French. I can't believe they think they look good if they can get into a child size zero. Their normal sized heads, hands and feet just look out of proportion, and they end up looking like something out of The Alien.

4:22 p.m.  
Anonymous nonny said...

Damn straight Shebah. They media are considerably accountable.

4:40 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ah late night kebabs, I too am guilty of that one. I'm having a brown sauce sammich right this second too.
Shebah quite right. The daily mail is one of the WORST offenders of that kind of clap trap. They have a post up today calling about Britney Spears 'elephant legs'. Vile.

4:46 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sam, only 50? Poor woman. She was broken.

4:47 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I saw that headline about Britney and couldn't decide if that was worse than the giddy "barefoot and pregnant" one for Ms. Kidman. You know, the ideal state for women.

5:29 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I know, it would turn your stomach.

6:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

Guinness = Liquid Lunch when I was in college, but that was because we only had two options, booze or food, generally the latter won and I spent my week eating teco value bread and some substitute for I can't believe it's not butter.
Eating is cheating if you want to get really hammered but whenever I have applied this rule I have ended up in the chipper drooling over some double fried really well done chips and garlic sauce - yum! So it wasn't a diet I was on.
I have lost a considerable about of weight somehow in the last few months dropping from a curvy 12 with 36DD boobies to a skinny 10 with 34B boobies, I am depressed over my boobs, and when I came home delighted with myself because I fit into a pair of Topshop size 10 skinny jeans my boyfriend remarked that they looked like childrens clothes, god help me if any more falls off. So I have taken to the bread diet in an attempt to beef myself up a bit :)
How anyone could give up bread is beyond me, also cheese, real butter, mayo, eggs, cheese and onion crisps, chips etc so they can drink more is just idiotic. They will get hungry soon, or they will die, hmm!

12:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I love bread too, specifically toast, with lashings of butter and no peel marmalade. And yet the weight never seems to fall off me at all. I wonder why? Bah!

12:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

Apparently according to my (Mini) Mammy (she is very short) I have just reached my "adult weight", this happened to her at my age as well, even though when she was my age she had already had two children, so her weight loss was probably to do with breast feeding, running around after my siblings and more than likely being to poor to gorge herself on anything too fatty, before she was a Mammy she worked in a bakery, making cakes all day, and had a squidgey bum, now at age 57 she is a still at that adult weight. I eat all sorts of supposed bad food, in moderation, and all sorts of good food, not in moderation, maybe that's why it's fallen off. I am still disturbed by how my b/f thought that my jeans were a childs, he is burly though, so maybe they were just child size in comparison to his own man sized clothes, which means that I am child sized in comparison to him, ew!

2:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I'm sure when Fatmummycow dies the world will balance itself out again. They'll dig a big fat gigantic hole in the ground ... BOOM!! drop fatmommacow from a crane.

Maybe throw in all her boxes of booze too.

12:06 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Yep, nothing of substance just more ad hominem claptrap.

1:12 p.m.  
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