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July 02, 2009

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D'Arcy Mann

I can't comment on your personal health, as I don't know you.

However, to say obesity isn't about health, then go on about a completely separate issue like how women are judged by society based on their attractiveness, is misleading and blurs two unrelated issues simply because there's the overlap of appearance.

The dangers of being obese have nothing to do with the physical appearances of being obese.

The definition of obese is when someone is so fat it's causing health problems - so how can obesity not be about health?

It's fine to opine, but misleading is deceiving.

I do get what you're saying about people messing up their metabolisms trying to be a certain size. In fact after years of trying to tell the actors and models I work with that the extreme diets some of them go on for that hollywood-thin look can be harmful, and without success, I starved myself for 100 days to show first hand the physical and psychological effects on the body. If you're interested, you can read about the descent and subsequent recovery at http://www.thehungryi.org

(oh - and your examples of Palin and Clinton were odd choices. Male political candidates are judged on their looks & 'attractiveness' too)

CA NOW

Actually, the current definition of "obesity" is usually based off BMI, which is notoriously inaccurate in judging health status. Athletes often show up as "obese" based on BMI.

Moreover, what the general public thinks of as "obese" is only a small percentage of people categorized that way. Here's a link to a project trying to educate people about the problems with BMI and our current standards for "obesity": http://www.flickr.com/photos/77367764@N00/sets/72157602199008819/

Mickey Schulz

If it WERE just about health, then my doctor wouldn't look disappointed when my test results interrupted her lecture about how I'm about to drop dead any second with the fact that I'm NOT about to drop dead any second.

The fact is that while fat has been correlated (not linked as a cause) with certain conditions, the research is incredibly contradictory about causes and effects of fat. Really. http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/PIIS0899900710002893/fulltext

Runemist

You know what? I agree entirely. I am not the "ideal weight" that people seem to think I am, and in fact, I am getting heavier on the scale. I don't, honestly, know where it's going!
I'd like to say that I know a LOT of men who do not like skinny girls...and they are not "chubby chasers" by any stretch of the imagination. They like Women. With hips, and boobs, and some jiggle, who can lift a piece of furniture once in a while.
Correlational evidence, as I have learned in Psychology class, is NOT evidence at all! We cannot make correlations between one fact and another fact without seriously testing it and making sure the two things are actually affecting one another.
And, I'm very happy to see a few of my fellow commenters talk about BMI being stupid. It IS stupid.

Now I'm going to go make some brownies, and possibly eat the fridge. :P

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