Friday, September 11, 2009
OBESITY – Is it ok to be FAT & OVER WEIGHT? Love you body no matter WHAT?
There is nothing worse for you than being fat.
I can't put it any plainer than that, yet there's still a lunatic fringe of touchy-feely fools out there telling people to love their bodies no matter the shape. And the worst part of all is that they're doing it under the guise of being healthy.
The latest, Michelle Allison, who calls herself "the Fat Nutritionist," managed to get the go-ahead from an editor at the once-respected magazine Newsweek to spout her porky nonsense on their website.
She writes that "self-acceptance, whatever your size, is good for you" and gushes about how much she loves her tubby body.
I've got news for you, fatso: That body ain't loving you back. It's killing you, plain and simple. If you know that and still fill yourself with garbage, then you're suicidal. And if you spread this deranged line of thinking to others, then you're homicidal, too.
If there's one part of the article where I felt some real sympathy for her, it's when she described her attempts to lose weight. She talks of the misery of counting calories and the pain of exercise.
That sounds like torture to me, too. One of the greatest lies of this Age of Obesity is that the road to health is through pointless exercise and needless dieting. You don't need to run marathons or count calories -- just skip all the unhealthy carbs and processed food, and your body will take care of itself for you.
Instead, the "fat nutritionist" turned back to donuts. She even boasts of eating them while working in a diabetes clinic. In her twisted mind, the image of a young, overweight girl munching away on donuts is somehow comforting to the people now dealing with the ravages of that lifestyle.
Give me a break!
She should take a good look around the clinic -- because if she keeps this up, in 10 or 20 years, she won't be there as an employee -- she'll be there as a patient.
But I guess that's one more lesson they don't offer at her school. By the way, she's still in school -- the title "nutritionist" is every bit as deceitful as the size-acceptance nonsense she spouts, since she has no degree.
Just take a look at her blog, if you can stomach it: "Only in certain, limited contexts does WHAT a person eats play a direct role in their health," she writes (emphasis hers).
What sort of nonsense do they teach in schools these days?
What you eat is the single biggest factor in your overall health, and anyone who disputes that is missing fat in the one part of your body that needs it most: the brain.
So trust the "Fat Nutritionist" about as much as you'd trust the "Drunken Doctor" or the "Sloppy Surgeon."
They're all bad medicine.” W.C. Douglass, M.D.
“Processed sugar is one of the worst things you could possibly put into your body. Those innocent and tasty little white grains not only weaken your immune system, but they fuel cancer cells and jack up your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and all manner of other health problems.
That's why the American Heart Association recently released some guidelines for sugar consumption. According to the AHA, women should have no more than 100 calories of sugar each day; men are allowed only slightly more -- 150 calories per day.
You'd be surprised at how quickly those numbers can add up.
Along with those guidelines, the AHA released a list of foods that they consider "surprisingly high" in sugar. It's a long list that includes ketchup, fortune cookies, flavored alcohols, baked beans, barbeque sauce, lemonade, flavored popcorn, and granola bars.
Just one 12-ounce can of non-diet soda has about 130 calories that come solely from sugar. And think about how much sugar people dump into their morning coffees.
Salad dressings are deceptive, too. Everyone gets the idea that a salad is always a healthy option, but drenching it with reduced-fat salad dressing can be like sprinkling your greens with chocolate. Just one cup of reduced-calorie French dressing contains a whopping 58 grams of sugar.
With the list of sugar's negative health effects piling up, it's time to think twice about what you're funneling down your throat.
Remember, sugar can lead to increased risk of breast and colon cancers, diabetes, kidney damage, depression, hypertension, moodiness, migraines, and more.
And the excess pounds that sugar causes you to pack on have their own dangers.
There are certain diseases that everyone knows go hand-in-hand with obesity: diabetes, cancer, and heart disease come to mind. But here's a new one to add to the list:
Obesity can contribute to Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders.
Researchers at UCLA studied the brain images of 94 people in their 70s over five years. They found that clinically obese people had 8 percent less brain tissue, and overweight people had 4 percent less brain tissue. Apparently their brains even looked 16 years older than those of normal-weight people.
The researchers noted that most of the loss tissue came from the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain -- the area responsible for decision-making and memory.
With nearly one third of American adults tipping the obese scale, it's no wonder so many diseases like these are on the rise.
Now if that's not a good reason to cut down on the sugar, I don't know what is!
The failure of exercise.
If "I told you so" was a muscle, I'd have sprained mine ages ago.
By now, I'm used to the funny looks and eye rolls people give me when I tell them they don't need to exercise to lose weight. But something even funnier has been happening lately: I don't get those looks as much anymore.
It seems the cat's out of the gym bag -- more and more research shows that pricey gyms and human-sized hamster wheels do little to help you lose weight. Add that together with all the injuries and even deaths that are caused by exercise, and I can't help but wonder why people voluntarily put themselves through this self-torture in the first place.
Take a recent report in Time magazine -- you don't get much more mainstream than that. Yet there it is, an article titled "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin."
The author of this piece, John Cloud, admits to being a self-punishing workout fiend. But unlike many of his ilk, he's started to notice something: Working himself into a sweaty lather hasn't put a dent in that "fat gut" that's still hanging over his belt.
Now, I know that's just one man's experience -- so don't bother sending in a bunch of emails telling me how wrong I am.
The bottom line is that Cloud's story just highlights what thousands of others experience every single day -- and what more and more research is showing, too. Despite the fact that more people are exercising now than in the past, more people are overweight than even before, too.
Take a look at this study published earlier this year in PLoS ONE. The researchers followed four groups of women who did varying amounts of exercise, from none to nearly three and half hours a week.
After six months, the researchers found no big difference in the four groups. The women who exercised may have lost a touch more off the waistline, but their overall body fat was virtually the same as that of the women who didn't exercise.
I don't understand why people still stand around scratching their heads over this issue. Sure, you can burn tons of calories when you exercise. But what happens once you step off the treadmill or get home from the gym? You can't wait to stuff your face!
Your body is simply crying out for something to replace what it lost, and in the end, most folks end up consuming more calories than they would have if they had skipped the gym and watched Jeopardy instead.
That means the bottom line is right where I left it: food.
Eat better, and lose weight. That's all there is to it.”
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
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