Wednesday, February 29, 2012
If you are going to have an opinion about what causes obesity, kindly base that opinion in actual science or STFU.
Seriously. As someone who can go several days at a stretch eating 1500 calories a day and not lose a pound, I call B.S. on the whole gluttonous-fat-people mythological construct. As in, the notion that first a skinny person chooses to eat 15 Big Mac value meals a day, and then that person gets fat.
How many of you have kids? If one of them wasn't growing taller quickly enough for your taste, would you feed them tons of food to make them grow taller?
That's a dumb idea, right? You know it wouldn't work. Well, have you ever noticed that when they are ABOUT to grow taller, they start eating more, and then after they're done with their growth spurt, their eating rate and quantity goes back to normal?
Now what makes you think the exact same thing isn't happening to fat people?
Haven't you ever run across a skinny person who deliberately tried to gain weight and couldn't do it? Ate tons and tons of food every day and didn't gain an ounce? You hated that person, right? Admit it. You did.
Doesn't it ever occur to *anyone* that the reason you see fat people "overeating" is because the fat person's body already decided it wanted to store more fat, so it's nudging the fat person to eat more food toward that purpose?
You don't even see *200-pound* people eating fifteen Big Mac value meals a day. You only see that with 500-1000 pound people, right?
There's a reason for that.
Aren't you even slightly curious what that reason is? Doesn't it ever tug at you to wonder how that whole fat-storage thing works and why some people do more of it than others?
If your answer is "no" or you want to babble out at me, "I KNOW why people get fat--they eat too much and move too little," move along, because nothing I just said sunk through to you and I don't waste my time on hopeless cases.
But if your answer is "yes" and you feel like I just took your mind to places it's never been before, and now you want to learn more? Might I suggest you look up books by Gary Taubes at your local library.
More than a suggestion. More like a demand. The more of us figure out what the heck is going on here, the more of us can be supportive of folks with metabolic problems rather than continuing with the bigotry and the finger-pointing and the shame-inducing.
Because at the end of the day, if people KNEW how to lose weight, we would not have to shame them in order for them to work toward that goal. If you know how to change a tire, no one has to call you a dummy to get you to do it. If you know how to boil water, no one has to call you an idiot in the kitchen before you'll turn on the stove. Likewise, when people know how to fix their metabolic problems, they'll do it, and no one needs to call them fatty-fatty-two-by-four or cast aspersions on their character or eating habits.
All I'm sayin, world. Think about it.