Friday, January 04, 2013
This popped up on my screen this morning.
I’ve always believed that as stated in #6 that “once you’re unhealthy, fat helps keep you alive, at least for awhile.” So this isn’t a surprise to me.
I also spent 10 years monitoring my mother’s diet as she lost interest in things, including eating, after my father’s death. That’s how my daily routine of morning weigh-in began. Trying to encourage her, we both recorded our weight. So when she died at age 88, she was VERY thin. This had nothing to do with her weight throughout her life.
We already know the relevance of the location of body fat, fat vs. muscle, drug intervention in chronic diseases and the limitations of all of our measures of healthy weight. About the only thing not discussed in the article is quality of life and the effect of extra weight on our joints, specifically knees and hips.
We also know that it’s a lot easier to move up in weight than down, unless you have some underlying mental disorder – another situation entirely. So if you decide you want to be heavier, it's not that hard.
It’s not the article that upsets me, just the headline. I wouldn’t mind if it said that maintaining a stable weight with some extra fat in harmless locations is good for you. However, in our super-sized society I’m concerned that this is will be used as one more justification to keep going in the wrong direction. We're surrounded with the evidence of the wrong direction.