I read a lot of message boards and blogs online, and one social networking site I visit has a “rant” section. Recently, another member on that site ranted about how women who are obese should not claim to be BBW (Big Beautiful Women).
I tried to stay out of the thread. Really, I did. But I lost that Will roll (gamers will understand that reference).
Over the course of a few days, the responses to that rant have been about 50/50 between “Yah, how dare fat people think they could be beautiful” and “who are you to say I’m NOT beautiful”. Of course, there’s shades in between, but I was actually pretty surprised there were so many people standing up for themselves.
Well, the guy who started the thread said tonight:
Do some research, there’s no secret to losing weight, regardless of how old you are or what kind of genes you have. If you are burning more calories then you are consuming, you’ll lose weight, period. If you want to argue against that… you’re beyond help.
Now, if it’s true that America has the distinction of being the “fattest nation” and that over 60% of Americans are obese (which I’m not saying it is, hear me out here), then what this guy is saying is that over 182 million US citizens are … what? Lazy? Stupid (because we don’t know that eating a “healthy” salad but drowning it in dressing isn’t “good for you”)? Want to be subject to ridicule for our whole lives? Want to hear “you’d be so pretty if you just lost weight?” Want to have total strangers say, “You have to get off the couch and eat less”?
I mean, where’s the logic in this? We are bombarded daily with messages on TV, on the internet, in print, and on the radio about the “death fats” and how “fat leads to” all these bad health problems. We are bombarded daily with stories and articles telling us what food is “good” for us and what food is “bad” for us. Do people really believe that we “don’t know” that eating 10 cupcakes in one sitting is probably not healthy (definitely not healthy for me, as eating 10 cupcakes at one time would make me physically sick)? We are bombarded with all this advice, from exercise gurus like Richard Simmons, Bob Green, and others, telling us how much we need to exercise because Americans just don’t get off the couch enough. We are bombarded by nutritionists and chefs who tell us don’t eat eggs because it will raise your cholesterol, don’t eat fat because it makes you fat, don’t eat carbs because that’ll turn to fat, don’t eat meat because it’ll lead to heart disease and heart attack (so what can we eat?).
Do people really think that that 182 million people, just in the US, are really that stupid?
Where is the logic in that?
I get told all the time that my belief that correlation does not equal causation is illogical. That the death fats really does cause diabetes and heart disease and stroke and high blood pressure, and when I point out that all my tests come back firmly in the normal ranges, I’m called a liar. But, the guy who started the jogging craze in the 70’s, Jim Fixx, died of a heart attack while jogging, and nobody claimed it was his “lifestyle” that caused it. A high school basketball player died of a heart attack in 1999, and being healthy and playing a fast paced game weren’t blamed for his death. Lot’s of normal size people die young, from complications of diabetes, and people don’t say they brought it on themselves by making the wrong choices.
Am I saying that exercising and being healthy will cause a heart attack? No, that’s as silly as saying that being fat WILL cause death by heart attack/diabetes/stroke/whatever.
What I’m saying is that death is inevitable. Healthy, “normal sized” people die of so-called fat related diseases every day. So why don’t we hear about the dangers of eating broccoli, spinach and tofu? Why don’t we hear about how physical exercise causes death?
There is no logic in this selective blaming. To bad people can’t see how they are being so illogical.