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Things to Read

From Paul Campos discusses the failure of a “sophisticated and expensive attempt” to validate the hypothesis that “significant long-term weight loss improves health outcomes”:

It will probably come as a surprise to most readers to learn that this hypothesis remains almost completely unconfirmed by the medical literature – in part because we simply don’t know how to produce significant long-term weight loss in a statistically significant group of people, so the hypothesis has been impossible to test.

The study, called Look AHEAD, has been covered elsewhere.  Participants lost 5% of their body weight and maintained that loss for over 11 years.  Yes, the researchers considered a “significant” weight loss to be a 5% loss from baseline.  Not “reducing BMI to “normal””.   Losing 5%.   If losing 5% of your weight would put you in the “normal” BMI bracket, it’s likely you’re there already.

And the study found that maintaining that “long-term, significant” weight loss didn’t improve health outcomes.

Lesley Kinzel discusses “glorifying obesity” with sarcasm and smarts.

If reminding folks that fat people are people first — that they are individuals and not some monolithic amoeba of disease rolling itself over the planet, and that their bodies are not shameful, not ugly, not embarrassing, not immoral, but as worthy of acceptance as every other body is — if THIS is the same as glorifying obesity, then bring on the glory. I will carry the banner. I won’t be sorry, not for my part in changing our culture around bodies in general and not for my own body that I live in, right now — I won’t be sorry, and I won’t apologize. Neither should you.

And if you want a smile, you should read Jess Zimmerman on Moses, the baby elephant, and his adoptive family.  Moses also has a blog maintained by his human family.

Image of a baby elephant petting a cat with his trunk.

6 responses to “Things to Read”

  1. Oddly enough, I do read the comments on those posts and would even fling a sarcastic barb here and there if I didn’t have to register to do so. I never did like the “sanity points” metaphor. I think it would be more fun if we considered these hateful people to be inviting targets – how guilty can you feel throwing a little mud at someone who’s just hurled a steaming helping of shit at you for no reason?
    “Glorifying obesity”… “Promoting obesity”… we should get ourselves a marketing expert. Does anybody know of anybody who seriously thought it a good idea to try to fatten up after reading a fatosphere-type post?

  2. […] risks make weight loss any easier or any more likely to last.  There’s no proof that maintaining weight loss improves health in general (unlike quitting smoking or starting to exercise).  And, finally, the pursuit of health is not an […]

  3. […] the NEJM paper is a call to improve the research.  Even so, they’re not tackling the big “weight loss improves health” idea, or how much of its support comes from short-term studies that include exercise as a component (and […]

  4. There is a post that sickens me, and you should read it. It has triggers probably, I don’t know.

    Here was my comment (in case he denies it):

    …Alright. Let’s do this.

    Being fat is not wrong. These people have as much of a right to be comfortable with their bodies as thin people do.


    A challenge is something to overcome. Your body is not a challenge to overcome.

    Of course, thin beauty thinking is what got us here.

    If the body diets, it will think there is a famine. It will then slow the metabolism and will pile the pounds back on as soon as the diet stops.


    The kind of thinking you are encouraging is why eating disorders happen. You are telling people that their body is not okay just because it is larger. This is not okay. Dieting is not healthy. Eating healthy foods and exercising is healthy. These things should be done to be healthy, not to be thin.

    Now read these.

    Fat does NOT automatically mean unhealthy. Fat means fat. That is all it means. Fat does not mean ugly. Fat does not mean lazy. Fat does not mean stupid.

    Fat means fat. Fat means that they are larger, and they are okay the way they are. Telling fat people they are not okay, because that is what this is doing, perpetuates a society of eating disorders, bullying, stereotypes, and even suicide. Fat is okay. Telling people that their bodies are unacceptable is NOT.

    Do as you like, but face the consequences. And these consequences that you are helping contribute to are deadly. Deadly to any fat person who went untreated by their doctor because their doctor couldn’t see anything but the fat. Deadly to anyone who starves themself because they loathe their body. Deadly to those who hate themself as others do, and decide that their body is too horrible to stay within, and escape the only way they know how, deadly to those who kill themselves out of self-hatred. You being fat does not make this okay. You cannot, should not tell others that their bodies are somehow bad because of their size. It is a violation of human decency, and as soon as you put someone down for who they are or how they look, as soon as you tell them that they are not okay, then you have made them less than human, you have made them things to be looked down on instead of people. We are ALL people. We are ALL human. Do not dehumanize others, for in doing so you dehumanize yourself. For dehumanizing yourself is robbing yourself of human decency, attacking others, making them things to look down upon.

    We are ALL people. Fat or thin. Gay or straight. Black or white. Male or female. Young or old. No matter what gender you are or what gender you like or how you look… you are still a person. You are still human. Plain and simple.

  5. […] What can be done about this?  Encouraging moderate exercise & use of alcohol, abstaining from smoking, and eating more veggies.   The study authors also note that when primary care providers take the time to urge things things, it can be “effective in decreasing smoking, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, moderating alcohol consumption, and increasing exercise frequency.”   (That’s more than they can say for weight loss.) […]

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