18 Controversial Facts About Being Fat That You Need To Know

Surprising facts you might not have heard about America’s favorite crisis: Obesity!

1. Fat people are constantly scrutinized

Check out these candid photos of a fat women going about her day and the judgmental states complete strangers gave her.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2275692/Obese-womans-revealing-photography-project-exposes-cruel-judgmental-stares-attracts-people-street.html

2. The dieting industry is big business. It is designed to keep you failing and coming back.

How many “dieting attempts” does a person need before they (the 66 billion dollar dieting industry) realize the dieter is not the one failing?

http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/U-S-Weight-Loss-Market-Forecast-To-Hit-66-4156531.php

3. Diets don’t lead to long-term weight loss, even when you call them lifestyle changes

For anyone who likes to begin sentences with “Yeah, diets don’t work, BUT…”, I have a link for you:

http://kateharding.net/2007/04/12/diets-dont-work-but/

4. Some big-name companies are already feeling the brunt of this.

Sales, stocks, and success rates are all notably dropping for some famous diet and lifestyle change companies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/13/weightwatchers-forecast-idUSL4N0BD7KG20130213

5. Doctors don’t have all the answers.

The correlation between weight loss and health is tricky because a lot of other factors (family history, physical activity, nutrition, prejudice, etc.) come into play. Science and medicine are still working on exactly how it all comes together.

On top of that, how your doctor PERSONALLY FEELS about fat people can make a huge difference on how your “weight-issue” is treated.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/256140.php

6. We can’t make thin people fat, either.

Sure, sometimes thin people naturally gain weight and vise versa…but whenever science tries to weasel in and control body size (in either direction) it never goes as planned. Bodies are complicated. We are more than calories and exercise.

http://kateharding.net/2007/05/08/yes-i-like-gina-kolata/

7. Weight loss surgeries are a coin flip at best.

Complications include feeling constantly cold and flu-like on top of your mood swings and new “relationship issues”. Also, frequent diarrhea, hernias, and death! And that’s just what the official website lists!

http://www.mayoclinic.org/bariatric-surgery/complications.html

A 2013 study of lap band surgery patients found that, within the first 10 years, almost half of the participants had to have “revisional” procedures. Eg. Having the foreign body removed.

http://theconversation.edu.au/lap-banding-a-long-term-obesity-solution-study-11651

http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2013/01000/Long_ Term_Outcomes_After_Bariatric_Surgery_.13.aspx

8. We’ve already thought of the children.

We’ve already thought of the children.

Research is showing us that when children diet they are more likely to adopt dangerous behaviors such as starvation that can lead to eating disorders. Dieting causes kids to lose motivation to adopt healthy behaviors, and it even causes them to GAIN MORE WEIGHT.

Another study shows that kids who are “overweight” and “obese” actually eat less than children with a “normal” BMI.

(Skinner, Steiner and Perrin, Sept. 2012) (Neumark-Sztainer et al., 2006).

9. Speaking of BMI…It’s a load of crap.

There are great ways of measuring health and there are even, admittedly, reliable ways to measure obesity. But they are expensive. Relying on the BMI means doctors don’t feel the need to use one of the more scientifically sound methods that are available to measure obesity levels.

Also, The person who dreamed up the BMI said explicitly that it could not and should not be used to indicate the level of fatness in an individual. So, there’s that.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106268439

10. BMI is a load of crap AND it arbitrarily changes.

Yes, in 1998 the standard of who is obese, overweight, and normal (such a shameful term) was changed without any scientific data to back up the new labels.

http://edition.cnn.com/HEALTH/9806/17/weight.guidelines/

11. You don’t need to lose weight to become healthier .

Many studies support that healthy habits (eating fruits and veggies, exercising, reducing alcohol consumption, and not smoking) are linked to a decrease in mortality regardless of weight.

http://jabfm.org/content/25/1/9.short

12. The “obesity epidemic” is not shortening life expectancy.

http://theconversation.com/obesitys-paradoxical-impact-on-trends-in-life-expectancy-7981

13. That works on an individual levels too.

Studies have been showing since 2005 that overweight and slightly obese people actually live longer and than people in the “normal” BMI category.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/health/study-suggests-lower-death-risk-for-the-overweight.html

http://www.digitalnewsrelease.com/?q=jama_3867

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1555137

14. Research like that often gets ignored by the media.

You’ve probably seen tons of pictures of fat people without heads…

…But I bet you’ve never read this article about the health benefits of being fat

http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.tw/2006/12/obesity-paradox-2-how-can-it-be.html

15. Seriously though…there so many pictures of headless fatties in mainstream media.

It’s a subliminal trick to get YOU more caught up in the hype of this “obesity epidemic.”

Removing a person’s face from a photo dehumanizes them, and makes it easier for the viewer to judge, stereotype, and even begin to hate them.

16. Yes, I put “Obesity Epidemic” in quotations.

Believe it or not, there’s pretty strong evidence that it isn’t even real. Or, at least, isn’t an infectious disease (as the term “epidemic” suggests). You can’t catch fat, people.

Read and decide for yourself.

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/obesity_epidemic_or_myth/

http://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/the-real-epidemic-is-not-obesity/

http://www.no-obesity-epidemic.org/

17. Overall, we’re kept guessing because (full-circle) how would the dieting industry make money if we all believed that we were pointlessly chasing something unattainable!?

Mindblown

18. On a lighter note, fat acceptance movements not only exist but are gaining influence.

This year, NAAFA (The national association to advance fat acceptance) convinced Disney World to change a new attraction that was previously degrading to fat people.The new version reminds guests that healthy habits are for everyone. Thanks to Disney for listening.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-epcot-habit-heroes-reopens-20130117,0,4369198.story

Also this year, HAES (Health at every size) began communication with the US House of Representatives in regards to the Affordable Care Act .

http://www.naafaonline.com/newsletterstuff/oldnewsletterstuff/February%202013%20NAAFA%20Newsletter.html

19. BONUS: If you’re fat, compassionate, and/or interested in fat acceptance there are resources for you!

Resources for you, friend!

http://fatso.com/
http://www.haescommunity.org/
http://www.naafaonline.com/dev2/
http://kateharding.net/
http://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/

Most of these websites also link to great books that I highly recommend. Happy reading!

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