The assumption behind the word “obese” is unhealthy, bad, weak, greedy, selfish. The conversation on what it really means is above. I’ve never reblogged from anyone else before but the AMA ruling obesity is a disease earlier this week made me sit up, pay attention and look to others who are more informed than I for their input. This blog post was the best that I found, amongst many good ones. Please read it.
- A fit fat person is usually healthier than a sedentary thin person.
- Obese people (BMI of 30 to 34.9) have no greater risk of early death than those of “normal” body size (BMI 18.5 to 24.9). Most people who fit the clinical definition of obese are in the smaller categories.
- “Normal-weight” people who think they’re fat have a lower quality of life. Why?
It distracts from the real issues:
- Weight discrimination in healthcare prevents proper diagnoses
- Health practitioners already are too likely to diagnose on body size instead of symptoms and facts
- Exercise improves health, but it often doesn’t cause weight loss. If your goal is weight loss, it’s easy to get discouraged and quit exercising.
- Fat bias prevents fat people from getting jobs, from getting raises, and from getting proper healthcare treatment. Society’s response? “Prevent obesity!”
It’s a win…
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