Dying to Be Thin

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The other day a liberal left a comment about a recent piece The Pink Flamingo did on the fake science the Michele Obama is using to make life a living hell for those of us who are considered beyond the norm in what she thinks is an acceptable weight.  I have battled weight all my life, being put on my first diet when I was just ten years old.  At that time I was about five feet in height and weight 97 pounds.  It was not good enough.  The weight chart said I was overweight.  My height was not taken into account.  If they had left me alone I would not have begun the yo-yo dieting that destroys any possibility of lasting weight loss.  If the most recent studies are accurate, it’s almost impossible.

“This article disgusts me. I love to read articles representing both sides of the spectrum… but talk about “fast and loose” with information! I have seen countless articles with reliable, well-done studies linking bad diets and obesity to diabetes. This is NO question. Also, Michele Obama is not supporting anorexia or an unhealthy weight – a basic amount of research will point to her push for young people to be in a *healthy* BMI (this should be between 19-24.9). If you are over that, then, my friend, you are obese. And it’s not healthy. I hope that you are one of the many that is not affected by this, but as grown ups we need to teach our youth to go down the right path and make healthy food choices. Eating apple slices and carrot sticks instead of candy will not kill them – in fact, it may just make their lives healthier and, well, *longer.*”

Liz Snyder

It is quite obvious the person who wrote this comment is a fat bigot.  I know the type.  I’ve put up with them my entire life.  I know there are many of you who say it is my problem because I’m either:

  1. lazy
  2. not bright enough
  3. no self control
  4. eat all the time
  5. have bad personal habits
  6. weak
  7. low IQ
  8. low socio-economic status
  9. bad genes
Psychology Today

Evidently the brainwashed think that BMI is everything.

“…”The idea of a BMI report card is horrible,” said Paul Ernsberger, a professor in the nutrition department at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in Cleveland.
“To declare we’re going to eliminate childhood obesity that’s actually a very stigmatizing thing to say,” Ernsberger said. “The overweight child hears that and thinks, ‘They wish I wasn’t here.”‘

Linda Bacon, a nutrition professor at City College of San Francisco, is the author of “Health At Every Size,” a manifesto for a movement stressing a healthy lifestyle rather than weight control. She said the focus by “Let’s Move” on BMI was of dubious medical value and posed potential problems for kids at all weight levels.

“It’s done much more damage than good,” Bacon said. “The larger kids feel bad about themselves, and the thinner kids feel it doesn’t matter whether they exercise or eat well.”
Deb Lemire, president of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, credited Michelle Obama with good intentions and commended various nutrition-related aspects of “Let’s Move.” But she said the emphasis on weight risked worsening the problems of teasing and bullying.

“The message that gets to the kids is, ‘There really is something wrong with me,”‘ said Lemire, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. “We’re saying we love you, we want you to have wonderful lives and be successful, but right now you’re just not good enough.”…”

Linda Bacon

Evidently the person leaving the comment does not understand that eating disorders are becoming a serious problem with young black women.  Having a First Lady who is trying to do something about childhood obesity is only going to make these problems worse. African American girls are 50% more likely to be bulimic than other racial groups.

“…Another part of the growth of anorexia may have to do with the growing focus on educating kids about obesity, Kandel says. “There’s been so much emphasis on childhood obesity, all these programs to ameliorate the situation and in a way we’re actually potentiating eating disorders. That’s a very thin line we need to walk and make sure the dialogue is one of a healthy attitude towards food,” she says…”

Eating Disorders Guide

In other words, Michele Obama could be doing far more harm for girls and young women than she is doing good.  Case and point is “healthy eating”

The Boston Globe

All that candy?

“…Approximately 40 percent of American girls ages 9 and 10 report being or having been on a diet to lose weight. Some 50 to 60 percent of teenage American girls believe they are overweight, yet only 15 to 20 percent of them actually are overweight…”

  • 80% of all 13 year old girls have attempted to lose weight.
  • Essence magazine, in 1994, reported that 53.5% of their African American female respondents were at risk of an eating disorder.
  • It can cost up to $100,000 for treatment of a woman with an eating disorder.
  • The mortality rate of people with anorexia is 12 (TWELVE) times higher than the death rate of ALL causes for women 15-24 years old.
  • Anorexia is the 3rd most chronic illness among adolescents.
  • 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die prematurely from heart problems and suicide.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illness.
  • Fifteen percent of young women have substantially disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.
  • An estimated one thousand women die each year of anorexia nervosa. As many as one in ten college women suffer from a clinical or nearly clinical eating disorder, including 5.1% who suffer from bulimia nervosa.
  • Each year millions of people in the United States are affected by serious and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders. More than 90 percent of those afflicted are adolescent and young adult women.
  • Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.
  • In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58% felt pressure to be a certain weight, and of the 83% that dieted for weight loss, 44% were of normal weight.
  • 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years.
  • 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.
  • Significantly higher rates of eating disorders found in elite athletes (20%), than in a female control group (9%).
  • • Female athletes in aesthetic sports (e.g. gynmastics, ballet, figure skating) found to be at the highest risk for eating disorders.
  • A comparison of the psychological profiles of athletes and those with anorexia found these factors in common: perfectionism, high self-expectations, competitiveness, hyperactivity, repetitive exercise routines, compulsiveness, drive, tendency toward depression, body image distortion, pre-occupation with dieting and weight
  • Each day Americans spend an average of $109 million on dieting and diet related products.
Mercola

I think Michele Obama is doing a tremendous amount of damage to the brain dead idiots who blindly follow what is put out in magazines, etc.  They hear something on The View or the Today Show, and they believe it.  FYI – they’re the same people who refuse to even comprehend that the alleged global warming we are allegedly experiencing is based on solar activity.  They’re also the same idiots who have never bothered looking at the historic record, or they would know that the world’s climate was several degrees warmer than this during the “ancient” times of the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, etc.

Let’s start with the fake science behind low fat milks.  Little kids need whole, organic milk, pasteurized, to make their brains grow.  It takes FAT to create brain cells and keep them healthy when a kid is young.  The only reason not to drink whole milk is because of the calories.

“…A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday found that those who ate the most high-fat dairy products, like whole milk, butter, and cheddar cheese, had about a 60 percent lower risk of developing adult-onset diabetes over 14 years than those who opted for skim milk and fat-free yogurt. On the flip side, a study out today in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that seniors over 70 who eat a low-fat diet with lots of fruits and vegetables have a 40 percent lower risk of dying within the next 10 years than those who eat the most whole milk, butter, and cheddar cheese.
Death or diabetes? Not a great choice since diabetes also increases your risk of dying years ahead of those who don’t have the condition, not to mention increasing your risk of heart, vision, and kidney problems. To me, these two studies basically tell us that there’s a whole heck of a lot that nutrition researchers don’t know when it comes to dietary fat.

“The bottom line is that we shouldn’t change our dietary habits based on one study,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an asssociate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He led the study linking high-fat dairy foods to lower diabetes risk and says most of the diabetics he sees are utterly confused when it comes to fat….”

Wonkette

Try this and ask Michele Obama about it.  This could explain part of my dieting problems.  I absolutely refuse to drink milk.  My very thin friends lived on whole milk.

Strong Lifts

This makes a lot of sense.  You see the guys who are doing all the work-outs and they are drinking whole milk out of the bottle.

Now, is it possible that the national obsession with low-fat milk is causing childhood obesity?  Humm…..

Just asking.

“…Although eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder,  the mortality rates reported on those who suffer from eating disorders can vary considerably between studies and sources. Part of the reason why there is a large variance in the reported number of deaths caused by eating disorders is because those who suffer from an eating disorder may ultimately die of heart failure, organ failure, malnutrition or suicide. Often, the medical complications of death are reported instead of the eating disorder that  compromised a person’s health….”

ANAD

Contrary to popular opinion, that “healthy” think young woman who is involved in all manner of sports, has a much higher chance of dying because of their eating habits than the average “obese” teen who is living in a normal situation.

“...As a woman whose height and weight put me in the obese category on the body-mass-index chart, I cringed when Michelle Obama recently spoke of putting her daughters on a diet. While I’m sure the first lady’s intentions are good, I’m also sure that her comments about childhood obesity will add yet another layer to the stigma of being overweight in America…”

NY Times

Several years ago my mother insisted I do an ER thing because of tachycardia.  I was then sent on to several specialists.  The reason I had tachycardia was because I was dehydrated due to a virus.  That did not stop the three physicians I was forced to visit from telling me I needed bariatric surgery. They never bothered with anything else.  No one bothered answering the problem that I was having with chronic acid reflux caused by the fact that I was told to start aspirin therapy, and I am allergic to aspirin.  They are all determined that I have high blood pressure and am a diabetic.  But – not one of them will address the fact that I have almost every symptom there is for a thyroid disorder.   I no longer bother with doctors.

Slate
Radar Online

“…Our heavier-than-average children are not defects that need to be fixed. What you should be addressing is our country’s overall approach to health and nutrition. The government you and your husband represent is in bed with agricultural lobbies and corporations that seek to genetically modify our food supply to boost profits. GMOs may have devastating effects on our health and environment, the longterm of which has yet to be observed but may already be happening. Meanwhile, you’re subsidizing a grain industry that stuffs GMO corn into cattle that have 40% more saturated fat and far greater risk of e. coli infection than that of grass-fed animals. And the chemicals and feces in the run-off from these government-subsidized farms and feed lots has contaminated lakes and rivers and oceans with oxygen-depriving nitrogen and deadly bacteria, destroying entire ecosystems and creating “dead zones.” The Gulf of Mexico was already suffering long before BP got its hands on it. Our destructive agriculture is also causing foodborne illness in our vegetation crops. We’re now getting e.coli on our spinach, strawberries, and in our peanut butter. Food recalls are through the roof as the industry deregulates itself more and more, at the hands of former big agriculture/food industry CEOs posing as regulators. Kids of all shapes and sizes are DYING because of illnesses caused by these practices. Why aren’t you bringing attention to that?…”

If you think The Pink Flamingo does not advocate a healthy diet, you are crazy.  Heck, I’m basically a vegetarian.  If you want my personal opinion, I think the problems we are facing today, with abnormal childhood obesity is due to hormones in the food these kids are eating.  I suspect that’s what is going to be the ticking time bomb.

 

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