Dying to Be Thin


“…The war on fat is unique in American history in that it represents the first concerted attempt to transform the vast majority of the nation’s citizens into social pariahs, to be pitied and scorned until weapons of mass destruction can be found that will rid them of their shameful condition. As we shall see, this is a phony war, fought against an enemy that cannot be defeated, because he does not exist…”  Paul Campos

Do you know that 35% percent of “casual dieters will go on to develop an eating disorder?  Four out of ten Americans either suffer from an eating disorder or know someone who has.  In other words, eating disorders are as serious a problem as obesity, but the person who has one is treated with respect and pity.  The person who is overweight is treated with contempt.

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“…The mortality rate among people with anorexia has been estimated at 0.56 percent per year, or approximately 5.6 percent per decade. This is about 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all causes of death among females ages 15 to 24 in the general population….”

Did you know that an “Extremely” obese woman still has a longer life expectancy than a normal weight man?  Did you know that bariatric surgery is one of the most dangerous procedures a person can have.

“...I would suggest, are the natural consequences of allowing persons who see the world through anorexic eyes to define what “normal” means. On one level, this claim shouldn’t even be controversial: After all, it’s now routine to acknowledge that the stick-thin models and movie stars who are held up for emulation to America and the world are quite literally images of an anorexic ideal.

Why is there so little outrage over this? Anorexia nervosa has by far the highest fatality rate of any mental illness; eight million Americans are estimated to be suffering from eating disorders; tens of millions of others regularly engage in disordered eating of some sort; and yet somehow, the fact that much of American culture—from the sound stages of Hollywood to the office of the Surgeon General—is in the grip of an anorexic world view is something that is more or less taken for granted….”

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“…This equates to actual mortality rates for the most “morbidly” obese of about 0.44% to 0.64% — still not appreciably higher than the rest of the population and nowhere close to the bariatric surgical patients of comparable ages and weights in this study.

So, by best estimates, bariatric surgery likely increased the actual mortality risks for these patients in the first four years by 363% to 250%…

…As reviewed previously, of the 16,000 patients, with an average age of only 35-54 years, death rates at one year averaged 4.6%, but among patients 65 to 74 years old, nearly 13% of the men and about 6% of the women died….

…There was an especially disturbing and unexpected finding in this study. Dr. Kuller and associates found that among the bariatric surgical patients there had been “45 deaths from traumatic causes including 16 deaths (4%) due to suicide and 14 due to drug overdoses (3%) that were not classified as suicide.” To help readers realize how extraordinarily high these suicide death rates were, the authors wrote that according to the U.S. Vital Statistics, there are approximately 7 suicides for white women and 25 for men for every 100,000 people in the population of the same age as these bariatric surgical patients. Translating these figures, the researchers had anticipated an estimated two suicide deaths would have occurred among the women and one suicide among the men during this study….”

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Did you know that after 3 years, post op, the average bariatric patient is still considered “obese”?

“…The ECRI report, “Bariatric Surgery for Obesity,” noted that the surgeries can produce significant initial weight loss but “three years after surgery, the typical patient is still obese.” Most importantly, they concluded that based on the quality and strength of the available evidence, claims of improved “quality of life and long-term health impacts are less conclusive.” They found available evidence weak for demonstrating that comorbidities can resolve and “it was also not evident whether bariatric surgery extends survival.”…”

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The Pink Flamingo has numerous family members who think I should threaten my health and choose a procedure that has one of the highest post operative death rates and complication rates around.  I would look better. I would live longer – right? Well, that’s not quite true.  I’ll probably live longer if I DON’T have this treatment.

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If I don’t care, why should you? Why would I want this sort of thing – with 16% of those having the surgery suffering from brain damage?

“…Hence, malnutrition problems are not uncommon, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and include anemias, osteoporosis, loss of teeth, blindness and, in a reported 16% of cases, even neurological and brain damage….”

I care about my health – believe it or not.  If you think I would be foolish enough to risk something like this – well, you try it.

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Once again we are being treated with a lovely story about how to reverse Type-2 Diabetes – with a study of 11 people, with 7 responding.

“…An extreme eight-week diet of 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease, says a Diabetologia study. Newcastle University researchers found the low-calorie diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal. Seven out of 11 people studied were free of diabetes three months later, say findings published in the journal. More research is needed to see whether the reversal is permanent, say experts.

Type 2 diabetes affects 2.5m people in the UK. It develops when not enough insulin is produced in the body or the insulin that is made by the body doesn’t work properly. When this happens, glucose – a type of sugar – builds up in the blood instead of being broken down into energy or fuel which the body needs. The 11 participants in the study were all diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous four years….”

Did you know that diabetics have an increased risk of developing an eating disorder?

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And so, there are foolish people who will believe that this is the Holy Grail of diets.  Unfortunately. a liquid protein diet can be deadly.  They physicians from the Newcastle study have not mentioned that of the 7 people in the study who lost weight, at least six of them will regain what they lost, and gain even more because of the yo-yo effect.

People who are medically supervised on high-protein liquid diets can lose weight quickly and derive important health benefits. Reductions in cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are commonly measured in people on such diets. Some are able to reduce their medications accordingly. However, it has been estimated that for every 100 people who lose weight on a diet, 95 will gain it right back when they go off the diet, so it’s essential to find a long-term plan you can stick to.

Many medical experts frown on high protein liquid diets. Hemphill writes, “Many weight-loss experts claim that liquid diets causing rapid weight loss tend to over use lean muscle and slow the metabolism, thus making it even more difficult for weight loss to be maintained.” Side effects of liquid diets include cramps, anemia, dizziness, gallstones and constipation. People who are mildly obese and lose too much muscle mass on liquid diets run the risk of heart problems. There were 58 deaths reported in the 1970s that were linked to liquid diets — the victims consumed too few calories, an inadequate level of nutrition, and basically starved themselves, notes Hemphill.

If you want to try a high-protein liquid diet, you should do so only under medical supervision. Consuming so few calories is a short-term remedy for weight loss but over the long term it can be dangerous. In addition, medical experts warn against quick weight loss diets and fad diets. The American Heart Association states, “Unlike an incomplete liquid protein diet or other fad diets, a good diet can be eaten for years to maintain desirable body weight and good health.”…”

Then there is this information about liquid protein diets.

“...Iח tһе late 1970′s, liquid protein diets such аѕ “Tһе Last Chance Diet” became very рοрυƖаr аחԁ tһеу seemed tο effective аѕ well. Bυt According tο tһе FDA, іח 1977, 58 deaths wеrе reported bу adults following tһеѕе strict liquid protein diets, wһісһ lacked essential nutrients аחԁ solid food. Aftеr tһаt news those liquid diets suddenly wеrе abandoned аחԁ fοr a ɡοοԁ reason.

Hοwеνеr, tһеу returned јυѕt аѕ quickly іח different incarnations. Tһе liquid diets became immensely рοрυƖаr again іח tһе late 1980′s. According tο a Nеw York Times ѕtοrу, wһеח Oprah Winfrey announced tһе name οf tһе liquid diet program ѕһе wаѕ using, tһаt company recieved one million phone calls іח a single day. IחсrеԁіbƖе isn´t іt.

Tһеѕе liquid diet programs promised tο lose more weight tһаח уου сουƖԁ wіtһ real food. Tһаt іѕ absolutley fаƖѕе. Low calorie diets Ɩіkе liquid diets always trigger body´s starvation response. Tһе body´s respons tο tһеѕе energy restriction іѕ Ɩіkе уουr body іѕ starving. Tһе body іѕ conserving energy tο gain іt back аt tһе first opportunity. Tһаt іѕ wһу mοѕt people wһο υѕе liquid diets gain tһеіr weight back again.

AƖѕο liquid diets аrе ԁаחɡеrουѕ bесаυѕе tһеу аrе חοt real food. It іѕ tһаt simple. Although modern diet drinks аrе usually well fortified wіtһ vitamins аחԁ minerals аחԁ υѕе high quality proteins such аѕ whey, casein аחԁ even fiber. Bυt meal replacement products οחƖу play a very small role іח nutrition program. Lіkе I ѕаіԁ tһеу саח never reach tһе quality οf food. Whole food contains naturally-occuring vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, аחԁ bioactive compounds. Tһеу provide bulk аחԁ satisfaction аחԁ tһеу improve уουr metabolic functioning.

Tһе fаt burning solution іѕ tο eat real, whole food аѕ much аѕ possible. AƖѕο tο eat small frequent meals throughout tһе day, аחԁ avoid very low calorie “liquid diet” products іf уου really һаνе tο. Uѕе tһе modern, nutritionally-complete meal replacements аחԁ protein powders οחƖу fοr convenience purposes, NOT fοr weight reduction….”

Then there is bariatric surgery and the lap band.  They are a panacea, right?  Have you even tried to find the data on post operative suicides?

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There is one other nasty little fact about the anti-obesity campaign. It is bigoted against Blacks, Hispanics, and the “lower classes”.

“...Fifty years ago, America was full of people that the social elites could look upon with something approaching open disgust: blacks in particular, of course, but also other ethnic minorities, the poor, women, Jews, homosexuals, and so on. (An example: I remember from my childhood in the 1970s that Polish jokes were a regular feature of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show monologue.) Yet over the last half-century, the classes of candidates available for open pariah status have gradually shrunk. This has become a problem on at least two levels. As many a vulgar social psychologist has (correctly) observed, societies need pariahs. In most cultures, some class of people is more or less required to play the role of those who make everybody else feel superior by comparison. Furthermore, the feelings of disgust elicited in others by traditional pariah-class individuals do not simply disappear as soon as it becomes unacceptable to express those feelings openly.

As The Handbook of Obesity Studies notes (Critser himself cites this precise quote): “In heterogeneous and affluent societies such as the United States, there is a strong inverse correlation of social class and obesity, particularly for females.” In other words, on average, poor people in America are fat, and rich people are thin. A strong correlation also exists between obesity and ethnic minority status—one that goes beyond the class correlation itself. Particularly among African American women, changing class status does not appear to strongly influence obesity rates (in America, the demographic group with the highest obesity rate is that comprised of black women in their fifties). Critser notes this as well, and muses that some observers might claim “black women find affirmation for being heavy from black men, or believe themselves to be ‘naturally’ heavy.” He then adds prissily that “such assertions do not change mortality statistics.”..”

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You know the claims that obesity causes cancer? There was a terrifying report that is used as one of the reasons a person should lose weight.

“…This Report may have impressed or frightened some because of its size, the numbers of experts involved, and the bold assertive claims that it was “the most comprehensive review ever published on the evidence linking cancer risk to diet, physical activity and weight.” But wade through the 517 pages and you will discover that not one of the key recommendations were supported in clinical studies. In fact, the Report not only failed to provide what most scientists would consider convincing evidence, its conclusions were often the opposite of the evidence….”

You know those claims that nitrates cause cancer?  They have been debunked.

“…Overall, none of the 17 cancers reviewed in this Report found even statistically meaningful associations with foods (sugars or sugary drinks, fats, meats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, vitamins, alcohol or processed foods) or body fatness.

Nor did it find evidence that losing weight, avoiding practically every food and beverage imaginable (except moldy, diseased foods), and eating their idea of a healthy diet prevents cancers. Did we mention that the Report also didn’t even consider the largest, longest randomized clinical dietary intervention trial ever conducted on ‘healthy’ eating? We already know what that one found, too….

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It’s too bad we can’t learn to be happy with ourselves and be satisfied with who we are, instead of how we look.  It is quite obvious the power structure would rather keep women extremely thin.  The world talks about women my size, and how we are a drain on medicine.  Just wait until all these minute sized women with big heads develop osteoporosis.   Then we’ll talk.



2 thoughts on “Dying to Be Thin

  1. Just what is considered obese these days? I guess anyone who does not look like a walking skeleton is considered FAT! I am really sick of it. Actually, a person who is moderately overweight is healthier than one who is skinny or obese. My mother was always slightly overweight. She lived to be nearly 101 years old. It is healthier to eat a balanced diet and reduce the size of the serving than to go on these so-called health binges. I, for one, do not always agree that a person looks better being skinier. People have different heights and different bone structures. People today are obsessed with their looks. It reminds me of an old episode on Twilight Zone, where at a certain age, everyone had to pick out a pattern and have themselves made over to become someone else’s idea of attractivness. People are so self centered. They would be much happier if they thought of others rather than themselves. And I think this is important too- there are times when people should live a little bit and not worry about eating that dessert with their dear ones. I sometimes wonder how people can afford to spend all that time and money on their appearances and neglect the really important thing – a beautiful soul.

  2. I do swear some of this is a backlash against feminism and strong women. If you keep women very very thin, not eating, and obsessed with their size and how they look, they can only achieve so much.


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