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Is it your fault you are fat?

Friday, June 28, 2013

"A day after my talk, a woman came up to me in the common area. She was crying. Just sobbing. She said she cried through my entire talk. She couldn’t figure out why. What was I saying to bring out such emotion, I thought? I apologized. But then she said the most insightful thing that, I think, explains why some of these talks just really move us. She said, “Peter, it wasn’t what you said, or even how you said it. You just made me look at myself differently. These emotions pouring out of me are about me, not you. You just gave me a different way to think about myself.”" DR. PETER ATTIA

If ever in your mind you have judged yourself or anyone else who is obese, or if you have ever been judged by others for your weight and physical health alone, please watch this 20 minute video.

Dr. Peter Attia is a physician who is honest about his own mistake in this regard and is now using his life, and considerable expertise, to change the message:

"In discussing this with a friend (much smarter than me and a much better communicator), he said the following, “We would never build and fly airplanes without understanding lift, thrust, drag etc. But we are building diets without knowing these fundamentals. We are building diet-planes with no flaps, no tail, and possibly no wings. Then when they crash, we blame the pilots.”" DR. PETER ATTIA

Peter Attia: Surgeon

Both a surgeon and a self-experimenter, Peter Attia hopes to ease the diabetes epidemic by challenging what we think we know and improving the scientific rigor in nutrition and obesity research.

Why you should listen to him:

Peter Attia has dedicated his medical career to investigating the relationship between nutrition, obesity and diabetes. A surgeon who developed metabolic syndrome himself despite the fact that he ate well and exercised often, Attia realized that our understanding of these important health issues may not actually be correct. He devoted himself to using vigorous scientific inquiry to test both our assumptions and new hypotheses through the Nutrition Science Initiative, the nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. Attia also writes the blog Eating Academy, which charts his own adventures in nutrition and examines scientific evidence surrounding food, weight loss and disease risk. Overall, he hopes to convince others that sharp increases in the rates of obesity and diabetes -- despite the fact that we are more culturally aware of these problems than ever -- might be a result of people being given the wrong information.

Attia came to this calling through an unusual path. While he was studying mechanical engineering as an undergrad, a personal experience led him to discover his passion for medicine. He enrolled at Stanford Medical School, and went on to a residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. After his residency, he joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he worked on healthcare and financial system problems. The most valuable skill he learned along the way: to ask bold questions about medical assumptions.

"Gary Taubes and Peter Attia, co-founders of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NUSI), did a historical analysis of weight-loss studies and determined the science was anything but clear. Now, they’re on a quest to facilitate and fund studies that will definitively answer the question 'What makes us fat?'" FORBES

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...and, if you are impressed by the message, PLEASE, pass any/all of these links along... I have (THANK YOU, Birgit)!

Is obesity really a disease?

Is Obesity a Disease?


"The implication that “fat” is a problem easily solved through the application of willpower is laughable to me, though, and that’s the biggest part of what I find objectionable in that tweet. It takes a partial truth (we do have some control over our body’s health) and twists it to rationalize a prejudice that itself works against that truth through shame. And that’s pretty evil." C.G. BROOKE


P.S. As you can see, I'm still here.... just run a little ragged with finishing off the school year (last day of school was Wednesday), soccer winds up tonight, our basement is still 'undone' (but getting closer, even though carpet has been delayed twice), it's been raining here for three weeks straight while the grass and weeds have continued to grow so our yard is a JUNGLE... and I'm just a bit TIRED... I've been burning the candle at both ends, and trying to keep myself on the list... I'm doing okay in that regard.

You all remain in my prayers! Keep SPARKling!!!

...May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

• Nutrition as means to healing the real problem:

• Why We Get Fat

• Diabesity

The Physiology of Women’s Weight Loss
• Part I: Estrogen

• Part II: Appetite and Weight Regulation

• Part III: Women, Weight Loss, and Modern America: A World in Need of Revolution

• Part IV: The Healthiest, Happiest, Easiest Weight Loss in the World

• Peter Attia: The straight dope on cholesterol
(9 part series... and he keeps adding... This is an EXCELLENT resource for understanding what your blood lipid markers really mean, and how to manage them)

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part I

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part II

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part III

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part IV

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part V

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VI

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VII

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VIII

• The straight dope on cholesterol – Part IX

• Carbs Are Primary Cause of High Triglycerides

• Triglycerides Too High?

• High Triglycerides - Overview

• Discover how to lower your bad cholesterol levels (and boost good cholesterol!)

• How to Raise HDL

• The Choline Smackdown (why you should save your liver and eat cholesterol containing foods)

Chris Kresser's site: Beyond Paleo
• Heart Disease / Cholesterol

• Cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease

• The Diet-Heart Myth: Why Everyone Should Know Their LDL Particle Number

• Why Did My Cholesterol Go Up After Going Primal?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JITZUROE 7/10/2013 11:44AM

    So wonderfully detailed.
Thank you for posting!

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-LINDA_S 7/2/2013 3:43PM

    Thanks, Ramona! I watched that talk yesterday and am so glad you posted it and all those relevant links! I was very moved by how upset he was and how contrite. He raises some very valid points.

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DOROTHYBERO 6/30/2013 8:32AM


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NEW-CAZ 6/30/2013 3:02AM

    Great blog, as always Ramona, thanks for sharing that wonderful information

Luv to you and the divine Miss O emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 6/29/2013 10:27PM

    Take care of yourself!

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KANOE10 6/29/2013 10:26AM

    Thanks for sharing all of that wonderful information. I loved the Peter's talk on insulin resistance. I am going to have to check out the others.

Thank you so much.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!

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CRAFTSFAN1 6/29/2013 12:19AM

    Wow! So much to think about. Thanks again, for all the things you share with us. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 6/28/2013 11:10PM

    Ramona, you put all of this in context. Thanks for giving this message space. emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 6/28/2013 11:06PM

    So, don't you love Ted Talks?

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FLAMENM 6/28/2013 10:04PM

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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KRITTEN1 6/28/2013 10:01PM

    Thank you for sharing that TED talk.

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CAROL_31649731 6/28/2013 9:53PM

    Wow! Powerful video . . . thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 6/28/2013 8:57PM

    bless you

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    Thanks for sharing. There are many reasons that can cause weight gain and cause someone to struggle with their weight. Eating too much and exercising too little is not the only thing that makes us struggle. If it was truly as simple as that, nobody would have a weight issue.

I need to watch the 20 minute video. I had the rudest thing said to me today by a mean-spirited family member!

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SCENIC_ROUTE 6/28/2013 7:49PM

    This is me... And I have been telling my drs all along that it isn't my fault. Thank you for sharing this Ramona!!! emoticon emoticon

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LALMEIDA 6/28/2013 6:37PM


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