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Health at Every SizeThis follows on from a  previous post as I go through HAES.

Research that is published and shouted loud suggests that obesity is a crime that is bringing much of humanity down.

But research found:-

even severe obesity failed to show up as a statistically significant mortality risk and overweight may actually be protective

Body fat is not the killer it’s portrayed as.

Being fat or obese is also being blamed for several illnesses or diseases for which there is little supporting evidence and the opposite may be true. Some conditions are less common in fat people than in thinner ones.

According to US statistics obesity has stopped rising and has remained stable over the last 10 years so is not a growing crisis.

No one has ever proved that losing weight prolongs life.

Research shows that a huge percentage of weight variation is genetic. Your genes  determine how much things like diet and exercise will affect your body.

As anecdotal evidence suggests, certainly when I look at my circle of friends, diets don’t work. People may achieve their goal weight, but the weight all piles back on over the next few years. Those thin people advertising diets are rarer than rare and they are the exceptions rather than all those people who “fail” at weight control.

1951 is often marked as the beginning of the war on fat.

Larger bodies have been considered more attractive as a sign of health and wealth both historically and in other cultures. Thinness first came into fashion in the US briefly in the 1830s and again in the 1920s-30s.

I believe that there is a connection between women’s increasing personal and professional power and our increasing disappointment in our physical selves.

Is this true? Women can be successful at their careers and being parents and in having choices hitherto undreamed of, but feel less and less confident about their appearance. Certainly a great emphasis is placed on women’s looks and attire and if they are to succeed they must dress more appropriately and carefully than their male counterpart. The fashion, cosmetic and diet industries are designed to make us feel inadequate with our appearance and in desire of improvement. Men are now being pursued in similar way and are in turn feeling less sure of their appearance.

The political agenda is being led, financed, supported and pollinated by people who have vested interest in supporting the obesity threat by their connections to pharmaceutical companies or diet industry. Again this is in  reference to the US but I would be surprised if this wasn’t reflected in the UK as well.

So in other words we’re being manipulated to believe that being fat is wrong, that it has health consequences which don’t exist, that we’re not beautiful if we’re not thin and lastly, which is possibly the worst of all, that we need to be considered beautiful in the eyes of the world if we are to be happy and self-assured.

Quotes are taken from “Health at Every Size” by Linda Bacon

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