Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I have been thinking of this for several days since the rash of posts about that article that suggested it is "healthy" for people to be a bit overweight. So most of my friends here know I am a nurse, and that I teach nursing at a local U. I have taught fundamentals of nursing mostly and done clinical rotations for beginning nursing students at local hospitals.
This morning I saw an article about a person who is proposing that "shaming" fat people might be a good way to encourage weight loss.
The truth as I see it in the clinical setting is that people in the later years would be wise to keep a little bit of extra weight. NOBODY says that being Very overweight is a good idea, including those people who did the research everyone is in a fit about.
As a person who has been morbidly obese, I have some personal experience with the issue. Anyone who reads the first research study discussed above, from what the news media reported, might be able to use that study to justify staying a bit overweight. Anything other than that, would be gross denial and frankly a defense used by people who are addicted. Hmm. If they don't publish that will those people find other methods to justify their overeating. Er. Duh.
Lets look at those people though for a minute, who ARE morbidly obese, desperate, but afraid that the "normal" BMI is not achievable. I know for myself , a research study that told me that if I could get part way down and be healthy would be a great motivator to try ! Look ! I don't have to lose All that weight if i can just go Part way I can be....
I stopped attending weight watchers the first time I lost over 150 pounds because I was tired out, and felt that 180 was the best I could do. Weight watchers had a hard line, goal or nothing. You are Not Good Enough if you don't go all the way (this was a long time ago, before the research that told people a loss of only 10% of excess weight brought huge benefits).
When I got all the way to goal it was because of people who supported me at every weight.