Why is it accepted that some people who eat a ton of food can stay thin, but not accepted that some people who eat a small amount of food can be fat?
Since thin people get diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, why is becoming thin suggested as a cure?
Why bother using BMI as a substitute for metabolic health measures when we can easily test metabolic health measures?
Doctors treat thin people for joint pain with options other than weight loss, why don’t they give fat people those same treatments?
Why do we believe that doing unhealthy things (liquid diet, smoking, urine injections coupled with starvation, stomach amputation) will lead to a healthy body?
If the diet industry’s product actually “cured fatness”, wouldn’t their profits be going down instead of up as more and more people were permanently thin?
Isn’t it medically unethical to prescribe something without telling your patients that it works less than 5% of the time with a much greater chance at leaving you heavier and less healthy than when you started?
Why do people continue to think that shaming people will lead them to health?
Why do we accept wide variations in things like foot and hand size, nose and lip shape etc. but expect every body to fit into a very narrow proportion of height and weight?
If weight gain isn’t proven to cause diabetes, high blood pressure etc., why would weight loss be recommended as a cure?
Since weight loss ads have to carry a “results not typical” warning, shouldn’t doctors have to give patients a similar warning?
Why do people take the time to come to my blog and make death threats?
Does anyone really succeed at hating themselves healthy? If so is it worth it?
If we’ve been prescribing dieting since the 1800s and still can’t prove that it works, shouldn’t we be trying something else?
How is it possible that suggesting that healthy habits are the best chance for a healthy body is controversial?
YES to everything but the death threats.
I’m studying Medical Science and we were recently talking about obesity. And the thing is, the lecturer all but told us (reluctantly in fact) that there is no such thing as a cure for obesity. There is a very dangerous precedent in both the medical community and everyday society that obesity is tied to lazyness and that every single medical problem an obese person has (note that I say ‘obese’ and not ‘fat’, because though there is absolutely no reason to denigrate both as they are in society the two are DIFFERENT. One can be fat and not obese. One can be obese and not fat) is blamed on them being obese, and that THEY need to cure it themselves.
But it doesn’t work.
Diets, medicine, it simply doesn’t work. Perhaps it does for a short period of time, but not long term. Only surgery works and it’s a vastly traumatic and expensive resort.
So not only do doctors and general society get into every person’s life because they do not fit their standard of what a ‘healthy’ person should be like, not only do they risk their life not only by openly judging and condemning them for being overweight and as such sometimes give them the wrong diagnosis on purpose because they think being fat = being obese = the source of all your health problems and as such risk people’s lives and actual health, not only do they spread misinformation that hurts people by the millions…
…but they blame obese people for their own body, their own metabolism, ask them to change and blame them for not doing so when it is not physically possible.
The medical community is only BEGINNING to recognize the extend of that problem and how badly they’ve screwed up in that regard, but they are still oh so very reluctant to admit it and own up, and many are still grumpily trying to prove the correlation.
When really, it’s always been vastly more complicated than that. But people have been so eager to simplify the issue and use it to make people suffer that it doesn’t matter, as long as they can prove to their inner fatphobic tendencies that yes, they are really right.