Stop discriminating, Sparkpeople!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"10 Habits of Unsuccessful Dieters

All the cookies you didn't eat, all the willpower you maintained, all the minutes you logged at the gym--so why aren't you losing weight? These bad habits may be to blame"

That's the blurb in one of my many emails from sparkpeople. I do not binge on cookies, and cookies are not the reason I am fat. In fact, I do not binge on sweets at all.
Why does sparkpeople continue to discriminate against people who don't fit the popular profile of the fat person?
I'm not fat because I don't have willpower. I have lots of willpower. I've been very strict as a vegetarian for nearly 35 years. Don't tell me that isn't willpower!!
I don't work out at a gym, or at all these days. Is that why I am fat? No, no it is not.
So what is this all about, sparkpeople? Why this continued myth about fat people? Shame on you!!! Of all the groups on the 'net that are designed to help people get and stay healthier for the rest of their lives, sparkpeople should be better than this.
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    Oh, the article itself was very good. I have no problem with the information presented. My objection is to do with the way the "catch" is always written, assuming that fat people got that way from eating too many cookies. Or cakes, or ice creams, or popcorns, you get the idea. I'm sick and tired of the entire world propagating this myth that all fat people are cookie addicts. Sparkpeople is better than that. Not as insidious but still bad is the idea that it's eating too many cookies and not exercising that gets people into trouble with their weight.

    2429 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I believe they say MAY be to blame..
    This is intended for people that can rule out genetics, medications, physical disabilities that do not support a lot of exercise,etc. When I first read this, I felt the same way,, but then I started to eliminate their list and found none of those things were on MINE! LOL!
    They are talking about habits, not circumstances.. I hope this helps some..
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    2429 days ago
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