Confession

I am dependent on food.*  I truly believe that I need food to continue living.**

Further, despite weighing 401lbs (yes, I own a scale) I eat every day.  Even multiple times a day.***

Oh: and I think eating food when I’m hungry is a healthy and normal thing.  Bwah!  Clearly I am the destroyer of worlds!


*Yes, I’m making fun of MeMe Roth‘s statement that “we’re behaviorally and neurochemically dependent upon food.

**Note this link goes to a piece written by someone hospitals have actually employed to dispense nutritional advice to patients.

***Even in Lent.

8 thoughts on “Confession

  1. I will say that I do find it funny that the same people who attack Roth’s qualifications on her opinions will be highly unlikely to attack ScrewSkinny…

    Which I’m writing on the same about of academic qualifications.

    • Part of why I haven’t hit on the qualifications before is that I know I’m not necessarily “qualified” to talk about health myself. It’s one of the reasons I cite sources for a lot of the stuff I say about health or exercise. It’s also one of the reasons my writing focuses on being superfat in this blog — because it’s something I do know.

      That said, I did want to point out that this link was written by someone with actual accredited mainstream education in nutrition.

      Re: ScrewSkinny:
      Big difference #1: You are honest about it.

      Ms Roth doesn’t state that her qualification to dispense nutritional advice is that she’s done some reading and is herself thin. Instead she discusses her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition without noting that it’s not accredited, and bills herself as a “Integrative Nutrition Health Counselor” without explaining how that’s NOT the same as a registered dietitian or nutritionist.

      Big Difference #2: Required education for nutritionist is way different from physical trainer. Certification programs for exercise often take only a few day’s training — you could probably pass one pretty easily, if you wanted to do so and had the cash, and you could probably get a job as a personal trainer at your gym right now if you wanted to. (I bet a lot of the shy newbie ladies would love to have you coach them.)

      Big Difference #3: It’s not uncommon for books on exercise to be written by people who have a good story about getting into shape. Example: Slow Fat Triathlete. Same can be said for diet books, God knows, but most are not silly enough to complain that needing to eat is a terrible, terrible dependency that humanity is better off without!

    • When you start marketing yourself as an expert on issues of weight and health, then I think scrutiny of your qualifications would be a good thing. As long as you are openly writing out of your own experience, and not trying to pass yourself off as having expert qualifications that you don’t have, I think you are all good and very, very different from Meme.

  2. Oh, Dear, Grud.
    Meme, Meme, Meme. . . . Me. Me? Whatever, THIS is what you get when you go shooting your mouth off without knowing what it is your actually SAYING. Or as Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday so aptly put it in ‘Tombstone’-

    “Poor soul, you were just too high strung.”

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