Practicalities

Yes, it is nice that this writer spent 3 pages on how “nanny state” requirements to lose weight violates civil liberties and that ABC picked it up. 

It would’ve been nice, though, to drop in the fact that diets don’t cause permanent, sustainable weight loss for most people or that the health benefits of dieting tend to be transient.  

Sure, if losing 5 or 10lbs will move you from “obese” to “overweight” on the weight charts, then starting an exercise program or dieting may be a sustainable way to do that.   My weight tends to be about 10lbs less when I’m working out regularly.  10lbs.  Guess what?  I’m still fat.  

Personally, I think ABC should’ve picked up this essay of Harriet Brown’s on Feed Me! instead.

4 thoughts on “Practicalities

  1. Yeah, those types of articles make me laugh. Losing 10% of your body weight will automatically make you healthier. No, it won’t, and I’ll still be the “morbidly walking-dead obese” person that I was before I lost that 10% (and that 10% for me is 37 1/2 lbs, which is not a permanently sustainable weight loss, been there done that, got the t-shirt, hat, and the keyring).

  2. Yeah. Especially since most diet studies also include an exercise component, which means that any improvements that are ascribed to the weight loss may also be due to exercise. That’s part of what I like about the HAES study – exercise was increased in both the the dieting and non-dieting groups, with subsequent improvement in blood pressure, cholesterol, and so on. And the non-dieting group sustained the exercise and the health improvements!

  3. Don’t expect too much from a mainstream news agency! :) Seems like the bigger problem with this article is that it is mostly just making an argument against universal healthcare, by trying to scare people with the idea that govt healthcare = restricted freedoms.
    Personally, I think universal healthcare for the US would benefit more people than it would harm.
    <3 peaches
    (Long time reader, 1st time commenter)

  4. Seems like the bigger problem with this article is that it is mostly just making an argument against universal healthcare, by trying to scare people with the idea that govt healthcare = restricted freedoms.

    True. I think a single-payer healthcare system could have a lot less waste myself. But to me, arguing about how “everyone should to be thin” is a bit like arguing that “everyone should walk on water” – it ain’t gonna happen, you know?

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