Gary Taubes pointed out, rightly, that before WWII European researchers considered obesity to be a "disorder of excess fat accumulation". It was looked at as a health problem, not some kind of character flaw. Post-war those researchers were out of work, and the understanding shifted dramatically.
There's no doubt that heredity plays a huge role in obesity. My DMIL, when I first knew her, made several snide comments about someone's size (not mine, thankfully) that clearly showed that she thought it was just some kind of laziness or lack of willpower. She, thin at the time, obviously had enough restraint to keep her trim figure (that's what she thought, at least).
Then menopause struck, and the hormones that had protected her from weight gain all her life switched off and she began to gain more and more weight every year, and to increase her prescriptions as well. She sings a slightly different tune these days, and has lowered her carb intake substantially, which has made a big difference.
Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 7/21/2013 (19:07)
I decided to LOSE weight and now my pants are LOOSE.
The EFFECT did not AFFECT my desire to LOSE more.
| current weight: 198.0