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01 February 2019 @ 05:48 am
51 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile to Fat People [Broadly]

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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on February 2nd, 2019 10:14 pm (UTC)
Many of those points are valid, but others are bullshit. Yes, obesity IS unhealthy. Yes, there IS an obesity epidemic, the same way there's an opioid epidemic, which selectively affects the poor and/or non-white, and which is directly driven by mega-corporate greed that markets health-damaging products to those populations. Anyone who subsists on a diet high in sugar, processed carbs, fat, salt and chemical additives is bound to be unhealthy, and will probably be overweight.

No, diets don't work. The only thing that works long-term is to embrace a lifestyle of eating smaller portions of higher quality food. A lot of people can't afford to do that, though, and a whole lot more people simply won't do it until after their first heart attack, by which time it might be too late.

Giving people shit for being fat is like giving them shit for drinking too much: it doesn't help them change; it just makes them feel worse. However, articles like this one, telling people there's nothing wrong with being fat, are extremely irresponsible in light of all the medical data to the contrary:

Moderate Obesity Takes Years Off Life Expectancy

New research spells out the number of years obesity shaves off a life

NIH study finds extreme obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 14 years

Elenbarathi: Jessadriel_2016elenbarathi on February 8th, 2019 10:56 am (UTC)
Heya, something on this topic you may find of interest:

Doctors rarely advise patients about healthy lifestyle changes