This is a collection of health news and related links for plus-size women. Please bear in mind that many, even most of such studies are the following
1)Funded by corporations that make a great deal of money from the diet industry. 2)Inconclusive. 3)Find correlation, yes, but not causation. A triangle may be prone to cancer, but a square also being a geometric shape does NOT mean it is also prone to cancer. 4)Exaggerated and panic-inducing. The “obesity epidemic” exists in part because people never previously considered “obese” have been re-classified under an arbitrary definition of “fat.”
For more insight and understanding into this, please read Junkfood Science from the beginning.
- Teen girls who lose weight
do notshow signs of self-esteem improvement. Of course they don’t – have you tried being a girl in any culture worldwide? You CAN win, but everything around you does its damnedest to tell you you can’t win. “Oh, you’ve lost weight? OK, now, be white! White? Be tan! Have better breasts! Please everyone, even though that’s impossible!” You can purchase the full article here. Toddlerscan be nasty little fat-hating bigots, too.
- Girls from homes where there is a lot of emotional and physical violence are
more likely to be obeseby age 5. Oh, is that what happened? Did the people around me just not see the stuff going on as violent?
- Obese white women are less likely to get
screenings for colon cancer. This is because obese women of all colors are extremely likely to be treated like shit, and taking it up the butt is just a step to far for any remaining dignity. “Overall, the Hopkins team found no link between higher BMI and lower rates of colon cancer screening. They did find such a link in obese white women, however.” I would consider publishing these findings premature for one simple reason: nowhere in this article does it mention asking people in the target group – white women – why they are avoiding the screenings. When it comes to diet and obesity research, you can NOT separate the medical findings from the social factors – you MUST bring them together to get real answers.
- Women who are taller and heavier have been identified as being at “
increased risk” for ovarian cancer. This is sourced as coming from a news release from the Public Library of Science. The press blip doesn’t say what percentage that risk is, how many people in the cancer developed ovarian cancer, how far the cancer progressed in those who had it, or who paid for the study.
- To drop the childhood obesity rate to under 15%, children in the USA would need to drop
an average of 64 calories per day. I think this is bullshit, and here’s why: a) 64 calories is just not that significant once you’re past age 7, and b)it’s assuming all children have the same body chemistry, metabolism and all eat the same stuff. Yes, there are little fat kids eating McDonald’s. There are also little fat kids eating stuff from their fat vegan Mama’s garden. Childhood obesity is not something TO have an opinion on – because all you’re doing is projecting how “you would do it” on circumstances neither you nor any suffering child has control over. Why are we attacking food when there’s so much conviction that sitting = death? In school, I was lucky if I got 15 minutes to run in the yard, yet we have a school system that keeps butts in chairs a minimum of 7 hours per day. Yet amazingly, few kids drop dead, even though I daresay unless kids and parents have athletic ambitions that causes outside-of-school exercise, thin and fat kids alike are pretty out of shape as a direct result of that. Two geneshave been isolated as contributors to childhood obesity. This all repeats the saw that “obesity-related healthcare costs have quadrupled since we realized fat kids exist.” No, ALL healthcare costs have quadrupled.
- 1000 women and men found that
women got 18 minutes to the men’s 30 minutes of exercise. No word on how many of that 1000 were women, how many were men, or how family and household chores were divided. Again, this is interesting findings, but means little without taking social factors into account.
- Eating less, exercising more – and
taking prescription meds– showed temporary dieting success in a study of 1500 dieters. This raises the question: who funded this study? All validity rests on the identity of the sponsor.
- Obese people do
take more radiation in CT scans– but it’s OK, fat can take it. I need to know how we KNOW that the fat “absorbs” it and doesn’t poison the body it shares a bloodstream with, thanks. Also, WHY does the dose need to be increased based on patient size? Has it been tried at lower doses? Need more explanation, please.
- In another “obese people cost more” study, Mayo Clinic studied 30,000 of its own retired employees. A study of former healthcare workers who are on a specific plan with Mayo freaking clinic are in no way an indicator of what goes on in the rest of society. I’d say they’re the opposite of representative. They worked for the institution, and are consequently likely to be treated better than Joe Fat Girl. They also have access to insurance and pension care that quite frankly, 26% of US Americans fat or thin just don’t have.
- Going around underslept is
really, really badfor your blood sugar.